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25 Fun & Interesting Facts About Chile

Updated on June 9, 2012

1. Chile is one of only two countries in all of South America that does not border Brazil

2. Over 1/3 of the world's copper production is produced in Chile

3. Valparaiso is one of the most prosperous cities in all of Chile and is known as “The Garden City”

4. Chile has one of the longest recorded dry spells in the Atacama Desert it did not rain for 40 years.

5. The number one world exporter for Salmon is Chile, It topped the united states in the early 2000s

6. Contrary to popular belief soccer is the most popular sport in Chile

7. Along the mountainous region of Chile, there are over 1300 volcanoes and a number of them can still be active.

8. The Majority of the Chilean population lives in the capital city of Santiago, Chile

9. Chile received its independence from Spanish colonial rule in 1913

10. The “maoi” island off the coast of Chile, was annexed by Chile and renamed Easter Island in the late seventeen hundred’s

11. One of the fastest growing cities in Chile i La Serena it has grown by as much as 30 % in the last 30 years

12. The inlet at the top of Africa was part of Chile in the days of “Pangaea”.

13. Chile has the largest annual fireworks show in all of South America, In the City of Valparaiso,

14. Chile has an unusual name for a football team (soccer) they call themselves the “O’ Higgions a Patriot of Chilean rule”

15. Chiles borders also extend past the main land. Chile claims part of Antartica and the southern most island known as Joses.

16. Chile has one of the world’s largest and most deserted deserts known as “Atacama”

17. The city at the very tip of Chile called Punta Arenas it is the southern most city on a continent in the world


18. The southernmost village in the world is also in Chile Called “Puerto Williams”

19. Chile also has the One of the highest lakes above sea level in the world called “Lake Chungara”

20. The most popular tourist attraction in all of Chile is Vina del Mar

21. Chile has one of the longest coastlines in the world, but also one of the smallest at being 6500 km long and 200 km wide

22. Chile has many large cities, but the second largest is located in the north along the Bio Rivercalled Concepcion

23. The Country of Chile got its names from the native nomads that first occupied the land. The meaning of the word Chile in native tongue means “Where the land Ends”.. Seems appropriate

24. The Andes Mountains in Chile have some of the worlds largest and still active volcanoes.

25. By a flaw in design, the church of Campania had doors that sung inward which caused a large wind to push them open. One day a strong wind blew the doors open. This wind knocked a candle off the podium and disrupt the meeting of worshippers. Theburning candle roared through the church which resulted in the churches destruction. More than 2500 people died in that fire


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    Steven Sanders 4 years ago from Santiago de Chile

    Great info. I'm a Brit living in Chile and it is beyond beautiful!

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    Kadmiels 5 years ago from Florida

    "Chile also has the One of the highest lakes above sea level in the world called Lake Chungara." - Wow, that's cool! I looked up Lake Chungara on the net and saw a picture of it near the beautiful Parinacota Volcano.

    You are correct thanks for tha addition Kerlynb

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    kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

    "Chile also has the One of the highest lakes above sea level in the world called Lake Chungara." - Wow, that's cool! I looked up Lake Chungara on the net and saw a picture of it near the beautiful Parinacota Volcano.

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    bob 6 years ago

    thanks

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    Jalen Davis 6 years ago

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    john 6 years ago

    thanks for the facts, im doing a report and it helped a lot.

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    Nikki 6 years ago

    Thank u for this good info

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    Kadmiels 6 years ago from Florida

    Your Welcome

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    clair 6 years ago

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    Elle 6 years ago

    great stuff! it helped me with my spanish country project. :)

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    chris 6 years ago

    it was helpful!!111

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    Daniela 6 years ago

    Hello, I'm chilean and I just read the article and I found some mistakes but reading the comments I saw that *dailyquotegroup* corrected all of them. Hope you change the wrong information in order to make it better. Regards and thanks for let other people know more about my country :D

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    Missy 6 years ago

    It is interseting. I needed to find facts on Chile for my Socail Studies project. Going to come back to this info tomorrow. Thanks!

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    me!!!!! 6 years ago

    thanks really helped a lot on my s.s. project i had to do at the last minute

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    this helped me a lot. Im doin a project on Chile and i dont know what i would do without this! Thanks!!! :)

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    chole 6 years ago

    thanks for the help

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    aNxello 6 years ago

    Actually Vina del mar is called the Garden City (which is in the state of Valparaiso)

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    beno 6 years ago

    this site is awesome is has lots of cool facts about my country

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    jYASH 6 years ago

    Great Facts!

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    Helped me with my country report, means so much

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    THANKYOU!!!!!!! this website is a big help..

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    Briony  6 years ago

    It really helps if ya gtta do a factfile about Chile!

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    Kadmiels 6 years ago from Florida

    Im glad you enjoyed it if there is any othere tidbit facts that you would like to add lease share with us. :)

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    Kadmiels 7 years ago from Florida

    I appreciate the feed back I will look into the facts again..

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    dailyquotegroup 7 years ago

    I'm afraid this article contains numerous mistakes:

    The most popular sport in Chile is, indeed, soccer, not tennis.

    Valparaiso is neither prosperous nor known as The Garden City. That would be its neighbor, Vina del Mar.

    About a third of the population in Chile lives in its capital, Santiago.

    Chile proclaimed its independence in 1818.

    O'Higgins (not O'Higgions) is the name of a soccer team. It was also the surname of Chile's Father Founder, Bernardo O'Higgins (who was half Irish).

    Concepcion is not in the North. As your own map shows, it's in the South.

    I find it a bit alarming to see all these comments from people saying they found the (mis)information in this article helpful for school.

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    dean 7 years ago

    this helped for my espanol project tons! thanks :D

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    CHILE 7 years ago

    i'm doing a project in spanish class and this was really helpful! thanks!

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    Kadmiels 7 years ago from Florida

    thanks for your great compliments

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    Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

    I love reading about random facts on various countries around the globe. I enjoyed these ones too! Thanks!

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    WOW!!! Great comments on this website... And those 25 statement things helped me out a lot... We are working on our multicultural fair right now.Pr

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    sonia 7 years ago

    tahks for this info. it helped me a lot on my trip to Chile!!:)

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    chilean 7 years ago

    soccer is by far the most popular game, tennis is the sport we are better at but still isn't even close to being as popular as soccer

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    rose 7 years ago

    GOOD INFO I THINK THIS SHOULD BE IN THE STUDENTS TEXTBOOKS

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