23 Captivating Facts about Chile
Looking to boost your local knowledge? Take a look at these 23 interesting facts about Chile!
- Chile is a long and narrow country on the western edge of South America.
- It shares a border with Peru to the north, Bolivia to the north-east and Argentina to the east.
- This unusually shaped country has an area of 291,930 square miles (756,096 square kilometres).
- Chile is the longest country in the world at an incredible 2,647 miles (4,620 kilometres) long!
- The world’s southernmost village, Puerto Williams is in Chile!
- Chile’s population was 17.6 million in 2013.
- Should you wish to explore this unique country (and we recommend you do!) the coordinates to get there are 33.4333° S, 70.6667°
- Chile and Ecuador are the only countries in South America that don’t border Brazil!
- The capital city is called Santiago; it covers an area of 247.5 square miles (641 square kilometres) and has a population of 6.3 million (2012).
- The terrain here is a mix of low coastal mountains, a central valley and the Andes Mountains in the east.
- Mountains cover around 80% of Chile’s landscape; The Andes mountain range extends the entire length of this amazing country!
- The Chilean Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world – parts of which have never seen a drop of rain since records began!
- Chile houses two of the largest copper mines in the world! Chuquicamata and Escondida.
- Residents here enjoy an overall temperate climate with three distinct climates due to the shape of the country; there’s arid desert in the north, a Mediterranean climate in the central region and it’s cool and damp in the south.
- Chile is one of only a few countries that have a government supported UFO research organisation.
- The average life expectancy here is 76 years.
- Divorce has only been legal in Chile since 2005 and it has one of the lowest divorce rates in the world!
- Should you wish to sip a cold ‘Cerveza’ (Spanish for ‘beer’) upon these glorious shores, remember to pack a few ChileanPeso’s!
- Spanish is the official language of Chile.
- They grow wheat, corn, beans and grapes, rear cattle, catch fish and produce timber.
- The country’s industry consists of copper, food products, fish processing, cement, transport equipment, iron and steel.
- Chile exports copper, fish, chemicals, fruits, paper and pulp and wine. Thumbs up for the wine!