When asked what they know about Chile, answers are invariably related to the former Dictator General Pinochet, who was in power after a military coup from 1973 to 1990, the Andes or the good wine which Chile produces.
Chile is a South American country and has borders with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia and is a very popular tourist destination due to its many areas of natural beauty including lakes, volcanoes and the ski resorts of the Andes.
It is a very stable and prosperous nation and has a relatively low unemployment rate of just under 7% as at 2019.
In this country the President is both the chief of state and the head of government – currently Sebastián Piñera who was elected in 2018. Elections are held every four years, the next election is due to be held in 2021.
In the early 1970’s, approximately 2,500 Chileans came to the United Kingdom to escape the political situation in their home country – some were fleeing from the new regime of Pinochet and some from the old leader’s regime Salvador Allende. Many of them were professionals and they settled in London and the North West of England. According to the 2001 Census, there were 5,131 Chilean born people living in the United Kingdom.
At a Glance Facts
- Population – 18,197,209 (2018)
- Language – Spanish
- Time – 4 hours behind the UK
- International Dialling Code – 56