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Chile Introduction

Chile is a long, narrow country on the west coast of South America. It is over 10 times as long as it is wide and stretches about 4,265 kilometres from Peru in the north to the southern tip of the continent.

Of the South American republics, only Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay are smaller in area than Chile. Chile's name probably comes from chilli, a native word meaning where the land ends.

A Short Background

A three-year-old Marxist government was overthrown in 1973 by a dictatorial military regime led by Augusto PINOCHET, which ruled until a freely elected president was installed in 1990.

Sound economic policies, first implemented by the PINOCHET dictatorship, led to unprecedented growth in 1991-97 and have helped secure the country's commitment to democratic and representative government. Growth slowed in 1998-99, but recovered strongly in 2000.

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Topography of Chile - Read more about the geography and topography of Chile

History of Chile - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Chile

Life & People of Chile - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Chile

Local Cuisine of Chile - Find out delicious local cuisines of Chile

Holidays in Chile - Check out a list of the local holidays in Chile

Festivals in Chile - Learn about the festivals in Chile

Embassies of Chile - Provides an Embassy database for Chile

Administration facts of Chile - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Chile

Newstands in Chile - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Chile

Attractions in Chile - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Chile

Maps of Chile - Discover a detailed map of Chile

Map Database of Chile - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Chile

Flags of Chile - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Chile. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Chile - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Chile

Shopping in Chile - Find out the best places for shopping in Chile

Restaurants in Chile - Browse a list of eat-outs in Chile

Geography of Chile - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Chile

People of Chile - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Chile

Government and Politics in Chile - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Chile.

Economy of Chile - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Chile

Communications in Chile - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Chile

Transportation in Chile - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Chile

Military of Chile - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Chile

Transnational Issues of Chile - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Chile


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