Country Profile - Chile

Name: Republic of Chile

Location: West coast of South America

Time: Varies from IST (-) 9 1/2 hrs to IST (-) 11 1/2 hrs

Capital: Santiago

Language: Spanish (official), Mapudungun, German, English

Area: 756,626 sq kms

Population: 16,888,760 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 18 Sep (Independence Day)

Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP).

Climate: Ranges from hot and arid in the north to very cold in the far south. The central areas have a mild Mediterranean climate with a wet season (May to August). Beyond Puerto Montt in the south is one of the wettest and stormiest areas in the world.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 1 May Labour Day. 21 May Navy Day. 11 Sep Reconciliation Day. 18 Sep Independence Day. 19 Sep Army Day. 8 Dec Immaculate Conception. 25 Dec Christmas Day.

Airline Name: LAN - Chile (LA), LADECO (UC)

International Airports: Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez (Santiago) (SCL)