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Country Snapshot

Population: 17.6 million (2013)  Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (2016) 

Life Expectancy: 79.5 years (2012)      GDP (nominal per capita): $US15,200 (2012)

Reporters Without Borders Worldwide Press Freedom Index, 2015      Rank: 43 of 180

Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2015           Rank: 23 of 168

World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report (2015)          Rank: 35 of 140

Chile is enjoying relative peace and prosperity following the end of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990)

Native people include the Incas (North & Central Chile) and the Mapuche (Southern Chile)

The first European to set foot in Chile was Ferdinand Magellan, in 1520

Tourist Highlights

Diverse Landscapes - Atacama desert in north, volcanoes and fjords in the south, with fertile farmland, and most people, in the centre. The Andean mountain range lies on Chile's eastern border, with the annexed Easter Island far offshore in the Pacific.

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