Republica de Chile
In Southern South America; low coastal mountains; fertile central valley; rugged Andes in East. 756,102 km2 (slightly < 2xMT), 2.6% arable.
Capital Santiago (pop est. 4.6M)
Population 16.6M (21.9/km2)
Life expectancy 77 years
Lang(s) Spanish (official), Mapudungun, German, English
Religions Roman Catholic 70%, Evangelical 15%, Jehovah’s Witness 1%, other Christian 1%, none 8%, other 5%
Ethnic Groups White and white Amerindian 95%, Mapuche 4%
PCVs 1961 - 1982; 1991 – 1998, health, education and agriculture (2096 volunteers served)
Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 18 September (1810)
Quechua: Sumachy (sue-may-chi)
My Invented Country: A Memoir
by Isabel Allende
In this memoir-cum-study of her "home ground," the author delves into the history, social mores and idiosyncrasies of Chile, where she was raised, showing, in the process, how that land has served as her muse.
To go singing through the world: the childhood of Pablo Neruda
by Deborah Kogan Ray
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Ages 7 to 10.
Music from Chile
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