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Capital: Santiago
Large Cities: Valparaiso, Antofagasta
Languages: Spanish
Religion: Christianity
Currency: Peso

Location & Politics: The Republic of Chile lies on the western seaboard of South America, occupying the strip of land between Peru and Bolivia in the north Cape Horn in the South.

Originally a Spanish colony, Chile became independent in 1810. It is the first South American country to elect Marxist Govt. (under Salvador Allende in 1970) which fell in a military coup in 1973. Human rights violations marked the rule of Augusto Pinochet, removed from office in 1989. Pinochet was arrested in London in October '98, but returned to Chile in March, 2000. Put under house arrest, he was declared to be unfit to stand trial in July 2001.

Food & Minerals Though wheat, other cereals, potatos, beans etc are cultivated, Chile has to import about one-third of its food. It is one of the world's largest producers and a leading exporter of copper. There are significant deposits of nitrate, gold, silver, lithium, molybdenum and iron ore. Oil production provides about half the oil required by the country.

Exports: Marine products and fruits. Thirty percent of Chile's trade is with Asian countries, 38% with EU, and the rest falls within the Americas. Industries: Firsh processing, textiles, wood products.

Tierra del Fuego: Tierra del Fuego is the largest island in the archipelago of the same name at the southern tip of South America. Part of the island is in Chile, part in Argentina.

Mission in India:
Embassy of the Republic of Chile
146, Jor Bagh, New Delhi - 110 003
Tel: 011 - 24617123, 24617165, 24617270
Tele Fax: 91 - 11 - 24617102
Email: embchile@vsnl.com

Indian Mission in Chile:
Embassy of India
Triana, Post Box No.10433
Santiago, Chile
Tel: 00 - 56 - 2 - 2352005, 2352633
Fax: 00 - 56 - 2 - 2359607
Email: embindia@entelchile.net

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