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Country Fact Sheet – Chile

Country Fact Sheet – Chile

Official Name

The Republic of Chile

Geographical location

Southern cone of Latin America (30 00 S, 71 00 W)


756,950 km2


16.6 million



Principal cities

Concepción, Valparaíso, Talca, Temuco

Neighboring countries/territories

Argentina, Bolivia, Peru

Ethnic groups

Spanish-Native-American, European, Native-American

Official language


Major religions

Catholic, Protestant or Evangelical


Extreme aridity prevails over the northern part of the country, while the climate of the southern region is cool and rainy the year round. The central region has a Mediterranean climate, characterised by cool and rainy winters. The average temperatures for the hottest (January) and coldest (July) months at Santiago are 20°C and 8°C, respectively.

Time zone

GMT – 4  (behind Hong Kong by 12 hours)

GMT – 3  (behind Hong Kong by 11 hours in summer)


Chilean peso (CLP); US$1= app. CLP 638 (31 Dec 2008)

International dialing code


Visa requirement

Visa-free access for HKSAR passport holders

Business hours

Private and government offices

8:30 or 9:00 am to 5:30 or 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday


9:00 am to 2:00 pm,

Monday to Friday


10:00 am to 8:00 pm,

Monday to Saturday

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