Capital Santiago

Population 18,191,900

Area 756,102 km2

Key facts

Chile is a country located in South America. There are 3 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Peru) that Chile shares its borders with. The official language of Chile is Spanish. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Spanish.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Chile was ranked 47th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Chile is Chilean peso (CLP). The peso ($) is subdivided into 100 centavo.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 863.57 CLP and 1 USD is worth 804.4 CLP.

Chilean
Banknotes

$1000$2000$5000$10000$20000

Chilean
Coins

$1$5$10$50$100$500

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Chile is 298.5 Mbps and mobile is 71.69 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Chile has more ATMs.49.47 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Chile without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Chile. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type L is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type L 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Chile will celebrate 15 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are one holiday that are only celebrated in certain parts of Chile. The next one Good Friday will take place on April 7.

Date Holiday name
January 2, 2023Moving holiday New Year’s DayAño Nuevo
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayViernes Santo
April 8, 2023Moving holiday Holy SaturdaySábado Santo
May 1, 2023 Labour DayDía del Trabajo
May 21, 2023 Navy DayDía de las Glorias Navales
June 7, 2023 Battle of AricaAsalto y Toma del Morro de Arica Regional holiday
June 26, 2023Moving holiday Saint Peter and Saint PaulSan Pedro y San Pablo
July 16, 2023 Our Lady of Mount CarmelVirgen del Carmen
August 15, 2023 Assumption of MaryAsunción de la Virgen
September 18, 2023 National holidayFiestas Patrias
September 19, 2023 Army DayDía de las Glorias del Ejército
October 9, 2023Moving holiday Columbus DayDía del Descubrimiento de Dos Mundos
October 27, 2023Moving holiday Reformation DayDía Nacional de las Iglesias Evangélicas y Protestantes
November 1, 2023 All SaintsDía de Todos los Santos
December 8, 2023 Immaculate ConceptionInmaculada Concepción
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayNavidad / Natividad del Señor

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Chile?

There are Mariott hotels in Santiago.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Chile.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Chile.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Chile.

There are no Radisson hotels in Chile.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Chile.

What fast food chains are present in Chile?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Chile.

The KFC chain operates in Chile.

The Burger King chain operates in Chile.

The Subway chain operates in Chile.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Chile.

The Starbucks chain operates in Chile.

Weather

What is the weather like in Santiago?

Today the sun in Santiago, rises at 7:10 AM and sets at 8:42 PM. The climate of Santiago may be categorized as a Mediterranean (Csb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

WednesdayFeb 8SunnyLow: 19.1°C (66.38°F)High: 33.1°C (91.58°F)
TodayFeb 9SunnyLow: 18.8°C (65.84°F)High: 36.3°C (97.34°F)
FridayFeb 10SunnyLow: 20.7°C (69.26°F)High: 33.6°C (92.48°F)
SaturdayFeb 11SunnyLow: 19.5°C (67.1°F)High: 33.3°C (91.94°F)
SundayFeb 12SunnyLow: 19.6°C (67.28°F)High: 32.4°C (90.32°F)
MondayFeb 13SunnyLow: 15.9°C (60.62°F)High: 29.7°C (85.46°F)

Weather data for Santiago (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Santiago.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 19 cities. Bolt is not available in Chile.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Chile.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 6.4, Chile is placed 14th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Chile traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  505.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 14.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Chile

133 Police
131 Ambulance
131 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is decriminalized, and medical use is legal.

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