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Chile 2011




Republica de Chile
In Southern South America; low coastal mountains; fertile central valley; rugged Andes in East. 756,102 km2 (slightly < 2xMT), 2.6% arable.

Capital Santiago (pop est. 4.6M)

Population 16.6M (21.9/km2)

Life expectancy 77 years


Literacy 96%

Lang(s) Spanish (official), Mapudungun, German, English

Religions Roman Catholic 70%, Evangelical 15%, Jehovah’s Witness 1%, other Christian 1%, none 8%, other 5%

Ethnic Groups White and white Amerindian 95%, Mapuche 4%

Gov’t Republic

GDP/cap $14,700

PCVs 1961 - 1982; 1991 – 1998, health, education and agriculture (2096 volunteers served)

Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 18 September (1810)

Adult Books

My Invented Country: A Memoir
by Isabel Allende

Paperback: 199 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st edition (April 27, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0060545673

Book Description
In this memoir-cum-study of her "home ground," the author delves into the history, social mores and idiosyncrasies of Chile, where she was raised, showing, in the process, how that land has served as her muse.

Kids' Books

To go singing through the world:
the childhood of Pablo Neruda

by Deborah Kogan Ray

Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN: 978-0374376277
Age Range: 7–10 years
Publisher: New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006


Film: La nana
Director: Sebastian Silva (2009)


Illapu (Album: Megaillapu): Music from Chile

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Quechua: Sumachy (sue-may-chi)

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