Chile fast facts

Did you know that in Chile ...

  • there are almost 900 moai (statues) on Easter Island (Rapa Nui),
  • you can swim in the world's biggest pool at Algarrobo, near Valparaiso,
  • you can find the oldest mummified remains of the Chinchorro preople near Arica?

Now for some more formal facts about Chile !

Chilean Facts and Figures

Official Name|Republic of Chile**

Motto|By reason or by force**

Capital (and largest city)|Santiago**

Population|17.2 million (2011 estimate)**

Government|Unitary presidential republic**

President|Sebastian Piñera (assumed March 2010)**

Independence (from Spain)|February 10, 1818 (declared)**

Currency|Peso (CLP)**

Drive on|Right**

Time zone|GMT -4 to -6**

Calling code|+56**

Literacy|96%**

Life expectancy|78 years**

Borders|Peru, Bolivia, Argentina**

Highest mountain (and highest volcano in the world)|Ojos del Salado 6,891m (22,608ft)**

Longest river|Loa (440km)