Interesting Facts About Chile
The official name of Chile is Republic of Chile. It is located in South America, and shares borders with Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
The country lies on the Pacific coast with the Andes located at the eastern part of the country.
Here are some interesting facts about Chile:
- Chile is considered to be the thinnest country in the world with respect to its length and width. It is 4,300 kilometers long and just 175 kilometers wide.
- The currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso, which is divided into 100 centavos.
- Until the 16th century, the northern part of Chile was ruled by the Incas, while the central and southern parts were ruled by the Mapuche, who are also known as the Araucanians.
- The President of Chile is not only the Chief of the State, but also the head of the government. Chile elects her president every 4 years via popular vote.
- Chile has a bicameral senate with a National Congress and a Chamber of Deputies. The members of the National Congress are elected for a term of 8 years, while the members of the Chamber of Deputies are elected for a term of 4 years.
- 89 percent of Chile's population is Roman Catholic, while Protestants account for 10 percent of the population.
- The official language of Chile is Spanish.
- Chile is home to 2000 volcanoes out of which 50 are active.
- The present northern part of Chile was added to the country in 1883 after the country fought and won a war against Peru and Bolivia.
- Chile is the second largest producer of Salmon in the world.
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