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Chile Facts

Did you know these interesting facts?

Chile claims about 1,250,000 square kilometers of Antarctica, or roughly 9% of its total size, as Chilean territory. They even show the weather forecast for it on the news.

Northern Chile is home to the world's driest desert: Atacama.

Almost half of the country's population lives in or around the capital city Santiago.

Chile's number one export is copper. The world's largest open pit mine is found at Chuquicamata in northern Chile.

A three-year-old Marxist government was overthrown in 1973 by a dictatorial military regime led by Augusto Pinochet, who ruled until a freely elected president was installed in 1990. Sound economic policies, maintained consistently since the 1980s, have contributed to steady growth and have helped secure the country's commitment to democratic and representative government. Chile has increasingly assumed regional and international leadership roles befitting its status as a stable, democratic nation.

Source: The Central Intelligence Agency


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