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Facts About Chile

Chile is an interesting country with a diverse landscape and culture. There are many unique facts about Chile, including having one of the world’s longest coastlines, six UNESCO world heritage sites, and the famed Easter Island. In fact, Chile is the longest country in the world, extending a staggering 38 degrees of latitude! Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world.

 
Information Type Chile Data
Population 19,116,201 (June 2020 est.)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) US$306 billion (2020 est.)
GDP Per Capita US$16,500 (2020 est.)
Inflation Rate 3.37% (2020 est.)
Currency Chilean pesos (CLP)
Exchange Rate Versus U.S. Dollar 817.30 Chilean pesos per U.S. dollar (June, 2020)
Language Spanish (official), Mapudungun, English
Capital Santiago
Population of Capital City 6.767 million (2020 est.)
Time Zone GMT – 4 (1 hour ahead of Washington D.C. during Standard Time)
Daylight saving time: + 1 hour (new pilot program that begins on the second Sunday in September and ends on the fourth Sunday in April)
Seasons There are four seasons in most of the country: Summer (December to February), autumn (March to May), winter (June to August), and spring (September to November).
Temperate: Desert in the north, Mediterranean in the central region, and cool-damp in the south.
International Dialing Code 56
Electricity 220V / 50Hz: Plug Type: C L
System of Government Republic
Name of Current Leader President Sebastian Piñera (since, 2017).
The President is both the chief of state and the head of government.
Income Tax Rate for Residents 22% to 30%
Property Tax 1% to 1.2%
Capital Gains Tax 20% to 25%
Inheritance Tax Levied on the net value of assets transferred at death.
Real Property Tax 1.2% for urban property and 1% on rural property.
Transfer Tax No
Sales Tax 19%
Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of Property It is possible for a foreigner to borrow for the purchase of real estate in Chile but only as a resident. You would have to be a resident for a number of years before a bank would consider lending.
Chile does not offer an invest-for-residency program whereby the purchase of property qualifies you for a visa. You would need to seek residency independent of any real estate purchase.
Local Chamber of Commerce http://www.ccs.cl/
Calle Monijitas 392,
Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Tel: 562-2360 7000
Email: cpn@ccs.ci
American Chamber of Commerce http://www.amchamchile.cl/
Kennedy Avenue 5735,
Torre Poniente, office 201,
Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Tel: 562-2290 9700
Primary Exports Copper, fruit, fish products, paper and pulp, wine, and chemicals.
Residency and Visa Requirements Residency is easy to establish and comes with a path to citizenship. You can apply by mail and no background check is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
Citizenship requires five years of residency. A simple application is required with no test.
Special Benefits for Foreign Residents or Retirees You can apply for loans and mortgages with a permanent visa.
National Airline www.lan.com

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