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Located in South America, Chile is a long, narrow country that stretches over the western edge of South America, with more than 6,000 km of coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Santiago, the capital, is located in a Valley surrounded by the Andes and the coastal mountain range.

It is a unitary country, constituted as a Republic, whose democratic rule of law is composed of three branches: Executive, the President of the Republic is elected by popular vote every four years. The legislative, represented by the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, also elected popularly. The Judiciary comprising the courts of appeals and Supreme Court and the various courts according to the issues dealed with.

  • Capital: Santiago de Chile
  • Phone code: +56
  • President of the Republic: Sebastián Piñera
  • Population: 17.91 million (2016) World Bank
  • Currency: Chilean peso

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SECURITY

Chile is a much safer place than most Latin American countries, however, as in any other big city, as Santiago, it can be victim of robberies or assaults. We recommend to take precautions.

EMERGENCY

Call Police at 133. Is very important to mention that bribery, (so-called "coima" in Chile) is not a common practice in our country, so we do not recommend making intimations of this kind to police personnel, since this can bring serious repercussions.

DRINKING WATER

…But you must get used to it gradually, we recommend mineral water at your disposal.

UTILITY Contact Numbers

  • 133 / Police
  • 139 / Police information
  • 132 / Fire Department ambulance
  • 131 / Posta Central
  • 132 / Information
  • www.sitios.cl / for further information, numbers of nights shifts in drugstores, weather forecast, international and national flights, quality of air, and so on.

EARTHQUAKES

Indeed, Chile is a country of earthquakes. Throughout its history our country has suffered a series of earthquakes and some tsunamis. In any case, houses and modern buildings respond to strict rules of construction, which guarantee the safety of them.

Don't panic if some earthquake occurs during your stay. Remain calm do not leave the premises.

If the earthquake is very strong (greater than Richter 7 grades) the movement could correspond to an important earthquake. If you are close to the waterfront and the authorities consider that a tsunami could occur, an alert will be delivered through mobile phones. 

It is normal that earthquakes have replicas, or small movements, in the following hours or days.