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Welcome to Chile, a nation that stretches along the west coast of South America. Chile is home to volcanoes, desert land, beaches and natural hot springs. Read on to explore South America's natural wonders.


Get to know Chile! Get the facts about its land, products and culture.


Official name: Republic of Chile


Size: 292,258 square miles(756, 102 square kilometers); slightly larger than Texas


Population: 16,888,760 as of July 2011


Population Under Age 14: 22.3%


Capital: Santiago


Official Language: Spanish


Currency: Chilean peso


Religion: Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 10 %, Jewish less than 1%


Literacy: 95.7%%


Climate: Desert in the north; mild in the central region; cool and damp in the south


Agriculture: Grapes, apples, pears, strawberries, onions, wheat, corn, oats, peaches, garlic, beef


Industrial Products: Copper mining, fish farming, iron and steel, wood and wood products, cement, transport equipment

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