Imports$70.92 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$81.71 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)3.3% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate6.6% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$17,400 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate5.3% (2010 est.)
Internet users7.009 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular19.852 million (2009)
Population growth rate0.884% (2012 est.)
Population17,067,369 (July 2012 est.)
About this country
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....
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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