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Chile-GENERAL INFORMATION


Population



Main Cities Population
Santiago   5.000.000  
Concepcion   311.000  
Vina del Mar   304.000  
Valparaiso   282.000  
Talcahuano   248.000  
Temuco   243.000  



Total population (millions): 16
Source: World Bank 2004

Urban population: 87%
Source: World Bank 2004

Average annual population growth: 1.1%
Source: World Bank 2004

Surface area (km²) : 756,630


Population origin

Origin of the population% Of the population
Europeans54 %
Africans and half-caste44 %
Other2 %




Local time


It is %T:%M %A in Santiago


GMT-4 in winter, GMT-3 in summer


Languages


Official language: Spanish
Spoken languages: Indian dialects
Business language: Spanish, English.

Free translation tools in Chile :
Babel Fish
Free English-Spanish-English translation of texts and web pages

Systran
Free French-Spanish-French translation of texts and web pages

Dictionarios.com
Free Spanish-Catalan-English-French Dictionary



Religion


Religious practises : Catholics 88.8%
Protestants 11%
Jews 0.2%.


Political system


Democratic republic, presidential regime. Since 1994, the president of the republic is elected for a 6-year term by universal suffrage. The National Legislative Congress is the Chilean two chambers parliament and composed of the senate ( 85 members) and the House of Representatives ( 120 members); legislative elections take place every 4 years. Michelle BACHELET has been president since 11th of March of 2006.


Climate


 


Tourism


Number of visitors in Chile 2002 2003 2004 World rank
Number of visitors (1000) 1412   1614   1785   n.a.
Source : World Tourisme Organization, data available in November 2005

 

Tourist sites


" Salto del Laja ", famous for the waterfalls.
Another tourist attraction is Puyehne, in the province of Orsano, with its thermal springs, warm water swimming pools, and its lake strewed with beautiful islands.

For more information about tourism in Chile , check out the following web site(s) :
National Chilean Tourism Board
Chilean Tourism Promotion Corporation


Food


Traditional dishes


Cazuela (chicken stew with rices, corn, potatoes), Empanada (sort of doughnut stuffed with meat, poultry or fish with onions, eggs and olives), alpaca's steack (Altiplano), goat, fishes and seafood on the coast, local wines, pisco (brandy), chicha (fermented corn). There are numerous markets where it is possible to eat.

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