The Republic of Chile

Capital: Santiago

Population

The republic of Chile has a population of 17.62 million (2013).

Geography

Chile is made up of many mountain ranges and is located on the west coast of South America.
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The Flag of Chile

Chile's flag has lots of meaning behind its design. The blue square represents the sky and the star represents its single government. The white stripe represent the snow capped peaks of the Andes Mountains and the red stripe represents the blood of those who fought for its Independence.
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Currency

1 USD= 617.050 CLP

1 CLP= 0.00162061 USD

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Government

Chile has a multiparty democracy with an elected president that can serve 2 four year terms, a 30 seat senate in which each member can serve a 8 year term, and a 120 seat "Chamber of deputies" who each serve a four year term.
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Culture Events

Reformation Day: On October 31st they celebrate when Martin Luther pinned his 95 theses on the door of a German church starting the Protestant reform.
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Fiestas Patrias: On September 18th-19th Chile celebrates their Independence. During this time many Chilean style horse races occur.
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Chilean Rodeos: These are custom to Chile and a national sport in which riders attempt to do daring things on horseback and compete in competitions and championships.
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Foods

Humitas: A mix of corn onions and spices wrapped in a corn husk and then baked or boiled
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Empanadas: Dough filled with onions, raisins, hard boiled eggs, and black olives.
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Stuffed Potatoes: A baked potato that is stuffed with meets and local veges.
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Attractions:

Vina del Mar: An upscale resort town that has a music festival once every year.
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San Cristobal Hill; A beautiful hill with an amazing 20 meter tall statue of the Virgin Mary for all to revel at.
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La Moneda Palace: A beautiful palace that houses the president of the republic.
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