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Chile: Beautiful Andean Country with Rich History

Chile with its Capital at Santiago is home to many famous cities such as Arica, Concepcion, Puerto Montt, and important Chilean port city of Valparaiso, which is also an important cultural centre. Chile has a rich past that dates back to the Incan civilization in the north and also Spanish conquest that was finally ended in 1818 war. Chile also has large reserves of Copper that is exported worldwide from the famous Chilean city of Chuquicamata.

Chile also has faced less number of military dictatorships the most brutal being that of Augusto Pinochet, which began in 1973 and lasted until 1988. In 2006 Michelle Bachelet became the first woman president of this coastal country through which most part of the Andes Mountains runs through.

Chile Factual Information:

    · National Name: República de Chile
    · Capital: Santiago
    · Total area: 748,800 sq km
    · Population: 16,432,536
    · Currency: Chilean Peso
    · Languages: Spanish
    · Ethnicity/ Races: White and white-Amerindian 95%, Amerindian 3%, other 2%
    · Religion: Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 11%, small Jewish population
    · GDP (Per Capita): $12,700 (2006 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 73.3 years Female: 80.03 years (2005 est.)
    · Literacy: 96% (2006 est.)

Geoghraphy and Climate of Chile:
Chile is sandwiched between the Andes Mountains on its west and the Pacific Ocean to its east. The country stretches only 430 Kms laterally at its widest point but over 4,630 kms vertically. The highpoint of the Andes is the more than fifty active volcanoes it contains. Chilean landscape presents many contrasting views like the extremely dry Atacama desert to the north while the south Chile region terminates in the Chilean Patagonia after negotiating the archipelagic maze.

Climatically the northern Atacama region is dry and hot, the south showcases Alpine scenery while the rest of Chile has a cool temperate climate. The climatic diversity of Chile is further visible from the fact that there are at least seven sub-climatic types in Chile.

Culture and Economy of Chile:
Chilean culture reflects Andean, Mapuche and Spanish cultural traits. Northern Chile was largely dominated by Andean culture, particularly of the Inca’s, while middle and southern Chile reflects Mapuche cultures. Later in the 16th Century Spanish conquerors colonised Chile and Spanish cultural elements are reflected in every aspect in the lives of Chileans, the most prominent being their language, which is Spanish. Remants of German tradition can be found out in the southern Chilean cities of Valdivia and Puerto Montt.

Chileans are a music loving people and popular folk music includes the Mapuche while popular dances are the Cueca and the Tonda. Football or Soccer is the most popular Chilean sport and Chile even hosted the 1962 Football World Cup and has reached four finals of the Copa America Football tournament. However, Chile has achieved the highest success in tennis and famous Chilean tennis names include Marcelo Rios, Fernando Gonzalez among others.

Chile has a robust economy on account of which it enjoys a high per capita income of $ 12,700. The country has also signed number of Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s) with several countries like India and China that has boosted its exports that principally comprise of Copper among others. The main export markets for Chile are the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Travel to Chile:
Chile is a popular tourist destination for an estimated 2 million tourists who visit Chile annually from not only the adjoining countries but, the world over. Chile offers many contrasting and exciting attractions like the San Pedro de Atacama in the north, which is admired for its ancient Incaic architectire. Then there is the scenic Chungara Lake in Putre apart from the Parinacota and Pomerape volcanoes that tower above 6,000 m each. The Laguna San Rafael National park, the Chiloe Archipelago and Patagonia are the major southern tourist attractions.

The Top Tourist Attractions in Chile include:

    · San Marcos Cathedral
    · Easter Island
    · Lake Villarica Tololo Observatory
    · Lauca National Park
    · Osorno Volcano Robinson Crusoe Island
    · Beaches in Chile
    · Chile Volcanoes San Rafael Lagoon National Park
    · Chile Lakes
    · Wines Chile Torres del Paine National Park
    · Atacama Desert
    · Chiloe Island

US puts India, China, Pakistan on IPR watch list

May 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Washington, May 2 (IANS) The United States has put India, China, Pakistan and ten other countries on a priority watch list for allegedly providing insufficient protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights or limited market access.

Sun's twin may be home to 9 alien planets

April 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): A sun-like star, which is already known to host five alien planets, may actually have nine full-fledged worlds, according to a new study.

Billions of habitable worlds lurking in Milky Way boost odds of finding alien life

April 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

London, Apr 30 (ANI): Our galaxy may be teeming with billions of habitable planets, which could have huge consequences on the search for extra-terrestrial life, according to a recent survey.

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Soon, 3.2billion-pixel camera to give 'deepest view of night sky ever seen'

April 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

London, Apr 27 (ANI): Scientists are building a telescope that they say "will transform our understanding of the universe", and will take the equivalent of 800,000 images by an eight-mega pixel camera every night but of a vastly superior quality.

Brazil asks US for transfer of military technology

April 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Brasilia, April 25 (IANS/EFE) Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim has made a proposal to Pentagon chief Leon Panetta for collaboration in the military sphere including the transfer of US technology.

Mysterious dark matter gets all the more elusive

April 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): The most accurate study till date of the motions of stars in the Milky Way has not found any evidence for dark matter in a large volume around the Sun.

Bits of plastic endangering sea creatures

April 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Berlin, April 18 (IANS) The seas are littered with large quantities of microplastic particles -- plastics in small bits and pieces -- endangering the lives of marine creatures, says a report.

China's trade with Latin America grew in 2011

April 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Beijing, April 18 (IANS/EFE) The value of China's trade with Latin America rose 31.5 percent last year to $241.5 billion, a senior Chinese official said.

Wrist watch mobile phone maker company enters in Indian market

April 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Taking a leapfrog from Europe to India, a Netherland based wrist watch mobile phone making company on Friday has put its first step in India by opening its three outlets in capital and capital region and launching its some models to attract customers........

Curtains lifted on 'stardust recycling' mystery

April 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM

London, Apr 13 (ANI): A long-standing mystery about how dying stars spew out the material of future planets has now been solved, scientists have claimed.

Sandstorms in space discovered

April 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

London, Apr 12 (ANI): Using new techniques, researchers have explored the atmospheres of distant, dying stars.

Major world earthquakes of 2012

April 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) A list of major earthquakes in the world in 2012, according to the US Geological Survey.

Trapped Peruvian miners fine, awaiting rescue

April 10, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Lima, April 10 (IANS/EFE) One of the nine men trapped inside a gold and copper mine in southern Peru said Monday that he and his comrades are well and eager to be rescued.

Radio telescope ALMA opens its eye on Universe

April 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

New York, Apr 9 (ANI): One of the world's largest ground-based astronomical projects is being installed 16,597 feet above sea level in Chile's Atacama Desert, which will help the oxygen-deprived scientists flocking to this region to study the origins of the universe.

9 exoplanets 'may be orbiting Solar System's twin'

April 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Washington, Apr 8 (ANI): A star 127 light-years away, which stunned the world in 2010 by becoming the largest star system beyond our own, playing host to five, possibly seven alien worlds, is back in the headlines as it may actually have nine exoplanets orbiting it.

Julio Iglesias kicks off concert tour in Chile

April 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Santiago, April 8 (IANS/EFE) Spanish singer Julio Iglesias will give four concerts in Chile to promote his latest album "1", part of a tour that will take him later this month to Argentina and Paraguay.

Internacional best club in Brazil

April 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 3 (IANS) Internacional has retained its status as Brazil's top-ranked team in the latest South American Confederation (Conmebol) club rankings.

Internet around the world may shut down Saturday

March 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Come Saturday and there is a strong possibility that you won't be able to indulge in your favourite internet activities like shopping and surfing due to a hacking group - Anonymous - which has threatened to shut down the net.

Ricky Martin dedicates prize to Chilean injured in homophobic violence

March 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Noted Singer Ricky Martin dedicated a prize he received from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to a Chilean gay man who got injured and is in critical condition after a group of neo-Nazis attacked him.

Ricky Martin dedicates prize to victim of homophobic violence

March 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

San Juan, March 27 (IANS/EFE) Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin dedicated a prize he received from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to a Chilean gay man who is in critical condition after being brutally attacked by a group of neo-Nazis.

7.2 quake hits Chile, no tsunami threat

March 26, 2012 at 7:20 AM

New York/Santiago, March 26 (IANS) An undersea quake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale Sunday struck off the coast of Chile but there was no risk of a tsunami, officials said.

7.2-magnitude quake hits Chile

March 26, 2012 at 6:24 AM

New York, March 26 (IANS) An undersea tremor measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Maule in Chile Sunday, the US geological survey said.

Brazil, Chile swap organising duty of Copa America

March 25, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Rio de Janeiro, March 25 (IANS) The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced an agreement with Chile to exchange the years in which each will hold the Copa America.

Maiden title for Vekic in women's tennis championship

March 24, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Bangalore, March 24 (IANS) Ninth seed Donna Vekic, the 15-year-old from Croatia, ranked 397, won the $25,000 QNet ITF Open women's tennis tournament beating fourth seed Andrea Koch Benvenuto of Chile 6-2, 6-4 in the final here Saturday.

Brazil to cede 2015 Copa America to Chile

March 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Rio de Janeiro, March 24 (IANS) Jose Maria Marin, the new president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), is expected to hand the 2015 Copa America to Chile.

Plane with eight people goes missing in Chile

March 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Santiago, March 23 (IANS) A small plane with eight people onboard went missing in Chile shortly after taking off Thursday, the civil aviation authority said.

Donna packs off Kyra in ITF tennis championship

March 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Bangalore, March 23 (IANS) Croatian teenager Donna Vekic stopped the dream run of Indian wild card Kyra Shroff with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win in the semifinals and set up a title clash with fourth seeded Andrea Koch-Benvenuto of Chile who beat second seed Akiko Omae of Japan 6-3, 6-4 in the $25,000 QNet ITF Open women's tennis championship here Friday.

Astronomers get widest deep view of sky ever recorded

March 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has captured a treasure trove of over 200 000 galaxies using infrared light.

Ultra-deep cosmic image reveals treasure trove of 200000 galaxies

March 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has created the widest deep view of the sky ever recorded using infrared light.

Astronomers get widest deep view of sky ever recorded

March 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has captured a treasure trove of over 200 000 galaxies using infrared light.

Ultra-deep cosmic image reveals treasure trove of 200000 galaxies

March 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has created the widest deep view of the sky ever recorded using infrared light.

Cosmic effect detection may bring universe's evolution into sharper focus

March 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): The first observation of a cosmic effect theorized 40 years ago could provide a more accurate tool for understanding the forces behind the universe's formation and growth, including the enigmatic phenomena of dark energy and dark matter, researchers say.

Cosmic effect detection may bring universe's evolution into sharper focus

March 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): The first observation of a cosmic effect theorized 40 years ago could provide a more accurate tool for understanding the forces behind the universe's formation and growth, including the enigmatic phenomena of dark energy and dark matter, researchers say.

Leaked documents show 9,000 Nazi war criminals fled to South America after World War 2

March 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

London, Mar 20 (ANI): Nine thousand Nazi war criminals reportedly fled to South America after World War II, leaked secret documents have revealed.

Chilean UFO 'captured on film from seven angles'

March 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

London, Mar 17 (ANI): A video from Chile captures an unusual flying object during an air-show.

Chilean UFO 'captured on film from seven angles'

March 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

London, Mar 17 (ANI): A video from Chile captures an unusual flying object during an air-show.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals details of distant, ancient galaxy

March 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Washington, Mar 9 (ANI): Scientists working with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have obtained a uniquely close-up look at the brightest gravitationally magnified galaxy yet discovered.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals details of distant, ancient galaxy

March 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Washington, Mar 9 (ANI): Scientists working with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have obtained a uniquely close-up look at the brightest gravitationally magnified galaxy yet discovered.

Discovery of most distant galaxy cluster may shed light on early universe

March 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Washington, March 7 (ANI): Scientists has discovered the most distant galaxy cluster found to date, located billions of light-years away from our own Milky Way.

Discovery of most distant galaxy cluster may shed light on early universe

March 7, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Washington, March 7 (ANI): Scientists has discovered the most distant galaxy cluster found to date, located billions of light-years away from our own Milky Way.

Moon's reflected earthshine 'could aid search for exoplanet aliens'

March 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

London, Mar 1 (ANI): A new analysis of Earthshine - sunlight reflected off the Earth and then bounced back by the moon, suggests that this is a practical way to seek life on exoplanets.

Moon's reflected earthshine 'could aid search for exoplanet aliens'

March 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

London, Mar 1 (ANI): A new analysis of Earthshine - sunlight reflected off the Earth and then bounced back by the moon, suggests that this is a practical way to seek life on exoplanets.

Interpol arrests 25 suspected Anonymous hackers in international sweep

February 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Washington, Feb 29 (ANI): Twenty-five suspected members of notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America, the International Police agency has said.

Burial place of last Inca emperor 'discovered in Andes'

February 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

London, Feb 29 (ANI): The location of the tomb of last Inca emperor Atahualpa has mystified researchers for centuries but now an expert has pinpointed a site in the Andes mountains, nearly 45 miles south of Quito, Ecuador, as the emperor's resting place. atrimony Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, spoke about the ruins unearthed by Ecuadoran historian Tamara Estupinan.

Burial place of last Inca emperor 'discovered in Andes'

February 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

London, Feb 29 (ANI): The location of the tomb of last Inca emperor Atahualpa has mystified researchers for centuries but now an expert has pinpointed a site in the Andes mountains, nearly 45 miles south of Quito, Ecuador, as the emperor's resting place. atrimony Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, spoke about the ruins unearthed by Ecuadoran historian Tamara Estupinan.

Interpol arrests 25 suspected Anonymous hackers in international sweep

February 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Washington, Feb 29 (ANI): Twenty-five suspected members of notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America, the International Police agency has said.

Chilean rainforest plant can help combat multi-resistant bacterial strains

February 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): A young Danish scientist has found a natural substance in a Chilean rainforest plant that effectively supports the effect of traditional treatment with antibiotics.

Chilean rainforest plant can help combat multi-resistant bacterial strains

February 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): A young Danish scientist has found a natural substance in a Chilean rainforest plant that effectively supports the effect of traditional treatment with antibiotics.

Chilean rainforest plant can help combat multi-resistant bacterial strains

February 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): A young Danish scientist has found a natural substance in a Chilean rainforest plant that effectively supports the effect of traditional treatment with antibiotics.

Star formation in 'dark markings of the sky' captured

February 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Washington, Feb 16 (ANI): APEX (Atacama Pathfinder Experiment) telescope in Chile has captured a sinuous filament of cosmic dust more than ten light-years long.

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion named world's hottest pepper

February 16, 2012 at 6:02 PM

London, Feb 16 (ANI): Chilean experts have identified Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the new hottest pepper on the planet.

Milky Way's black hole grazing on asteroids

February 9, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Washington, Feb 9 (ANI): The giant black hole at the centre of the Milky Way may be vaporizing and devouring asteroids, which could explain the mysterious X-ray flares detected over a period of several years, a new study has revealed.

Milky Way's black hole grazing on asteroids

February 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Washington, Feb 9 (ANI): The giant black hole at the centre of the Milky Way may be vaporizing and devouring asteroids, which could explain the mysterious X-ray flares detected over a period of several years, a new study has revealed.

World's largest virtual mirror created by linking 4 telescopes

February 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

London, Feb 4 (ANI): Astronomers have created the world's largest virtual optical telescope by linking four telescopes in Chile so that they operate as a single device.

World's largest virtual mirror created by linking 4 telescopes

February 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

London, Feb 4 (ANI): Astronomers have created the world's largest virtual optical telescope by linking four telescopes in Chile so that they operate as a single device.

World's largest virtual mirror created by linking 4 telescopes

February 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

London, Feb 4 (ANI): Astronomers have created the world's largest virtual optical telescope by linking four telescopes in Chile so that they operate as a single device.

Hubble zooms in on brightest ever "magnified" galaxy

February 3, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Washington, Feb 3 (ANI): NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a uniquely close-up view of the brightest distant "magnified" galaxy discovered yet in the universe.

Hubble zooms in on brightest ever "magnified" galaxy

February 3, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Washington, Feb 3 (ANI): NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a uniquely close-up view of the brightest distant "magnified" galaxy discovered yet in the universe.

Brit astronomer creates wine from 4.5billion-yr-old meteorite in Chile

February 2, 2012 at 8:44 PM

London, Feb 2 (ANI): A winemaker from Britain has combined his two favourite hobbies, wine and astronomy, to create Meteorito, a Cabernet Sauvignon aged with a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite.

Brit astronomer creates wine from 4.5billion-yr-old meteorite in Chile

February 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

London, Feb 2 (ANI): A winemaker from Britain has combined his two favourite hobbies, wine and astronomy, to create Meteorito, a Cabernet Sauvignon aged with a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite.

Travel management firm Egencia expands global footprint to seven new countries

February 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Gurgaon, Feb.1 (ANI): Travel management company Egencia on Wednesday announced that it has expanded its global footprint to seven more countries.

Travel management firm Egencia expands global footprint to seven new countries

February 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Gurgaon, Feb.1 (ANI): Travel management company Egencia on Wednesday announced that it has expanded its global footprint to seven more countries.

Demi Lovato rubbishes rumours of rehab return

January 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Washington, Jan 31 (ANI): Demi Lovato has dismissed reports claiming that she's planning another stint in rehab.

Demi Lovato rubbishes rumours of rehab return

January 31, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Washington, Jan 31 (ANI): Demi Lovato has dismissed reports claiming that she's planning another stint in rehab.

Ex East German president could not stand his 'purple dragon' wife

January 24, 2012 at 8:27 PM

London, Jan 24 (ANI): Former East German leader Erich Honecker had a difficult marriage with his wife Margot, whom he referred to as 'the purple dragon' behind her back, according to new intelligence reports.

Ex East German president could not stand his 'purple dragon' wife

January 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM

London, Jan 24 (ANI): Former East German leader Erich Honecker had a difficult marriage with his wife Margot, whom he referred to as 'the purple dragon' behind her back, according to new intelligence reports.

Soon, technology to convert seaweed into renewable fuels and chemicals

January 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): A team of scientists has developed breakthrough technology that extracts all the major sugars in seaweed and converts them into renewable fuels and chemicals, thus making it a cost-effective and renewable source of biomass.

Soon, technology to convert seaweed into renewable fuels and chemicals

January 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): A team of scientists has developed breakthrough technology that extracts all the major sugars in seaweed and converts them into renewable fuels and chemicals, thus making it a cost-effective and renewable source of biomass.

Incredible new view of Eagle Nebula's 'Pillars of Creation' captured

January 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Washington, Jan 18 (ANI): Two of European Space Agency's telescopes have captured magnificent new view of the iconic Eagle Nebula, which was distinctively dubbed as "Pillars of Creation" when it was pictured by the Hubble telescope in 1995.

Now, savour 4.5 billion yrs old 'meteorite' flavoured extra-terrestrial wine

January 18, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Washington, Jan 18 (ANI): An Englishman now working in Chile has created world's first wine aged with a meteorite that fell to Earth from space.

Now, savour 4.5 billion yrs old 'meteorite' flavoured extra-terrestrial wine

January 18, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Washington, Jan 18 (ANI): An Englishman now working in Chile has created world's first wine aged with a meteorite that fell to Earth from space.

Incredible new view of Eagle Nebula's 'Pillars of Creation' captured

January 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Washington, Jan 18 (ANI): Two of European Space Agency's telescopes have captured magnificent new view of the iconic Eagle Nebula, which was distinctively dubbed as "Pillars of Creation" when it was pictured by the Hubble telescope in 1995.

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