Chile : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$70.92 billion (2011 est.)
$55.17 billion (2010 est.)


$81.71 billion (2011 est.)
$71.03 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

3.3% (2011 est.)
1.4% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

6.6% (2011 est.)
7.1% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$17,400 (2011 est.)
$16,700 (2010 est.)
$15,900 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

5.3% (2010 est.)
-1.5% (2009 est.)
3.7% (2008 est.)

Internet users

7.009 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

19.852 million (2009)

Population growth rate

0.884% (2012 est.)


17,067,369 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, the Inca ruled northern Chile while the indigenous Mapuche inhabited central and southern Chile.

Although Chile declared its independence in 1810, decisive victory over the Spanish was not achieved until 1818.

In the War of the Pacific (1879-83), Chile defeated Peru and Bolivia and won its present northern regions.

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Economic overview

Chile has a market-oriented economy characterized by a high level of foreign trade and a reputation for strong financial institutions and sound policy that have given it the strongest sovereign bond rating in South America.

Exports account for more than one-fourth of GDP, with commodities making up some three-quarters of total exports.

Copper alone provides one-third of government revenue.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast Chile April 2015 Updater

Country Forecast Chile April 2015 Updater

  • $ 635
  • Country report
  • April 2015
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Michelle Bachelet of the centre-left Nueva Mayoría coalition, who served as president in 2006-10, took office for a second four-year term on March 11th 2014, with a strong mandate to increase ...

  • Countries : Chile


Chile - ISA Country Report

Chile - ISA Country Report

  • $ 99
  • Country report
  • April 2015
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for Chile, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...

  • Countries : Chile

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