Chile

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Overview: Chile

In April 2013 Education Minister Harald Beyer did not even need to resign – he was formally dismissed and barred from holding public office for five years following accusations of professional negligence. In December 2012 Chile’s Justice Minister Teodoro Ribera had also resigned amid allegations of links to a former director of the Chile’s national accreditation committee, (Comisión Nacional de Acreditación - CAN), which had illegally authorized some universities to operate. Mr Ribera, who in 2011 replaced Felipe Bulnes when he moved to the Education Ministry, Mr Ribera, who had previously been  rector of Chile’s Autonomous University. Mr Ribera had denied the allegations, but his scalp was something of a coup for the street protestors. 

 

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Profile

Profile:

Profile: Chile

In the space of 10 pages the Profile covers the following:

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: República de Chile (Republic of Chile)
Head of State: President Michelle Bachelet (elected 16 Dec 2013, sworn in 11 Feb 2014)
Head of government: President Michelle Bachelet (from 11 Mar 2014)
Ruling party: A centre-left coalition of 7 parties known as Nueva Mayoría (New Majority), led by Partido Socialista de Chile (PS) (Socialist Party of Chile)
Area: 756,626 square km
Population: 17.82 million (2014)* (16,572,475; 31 August 2012, census preliminary result)
Capital: Santiago
Official language: Spanish
Currency: Chilean peso (CH$) = 100 centavos
Exchange rate: CH$689.04 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$14,477 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 1.84% (2014)*
GDP: US$257.97 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 8.20 million (2012)*
Unemployment: 6.39% (2014)*
Inflation: 4.93% (2014)
Balance of trade: US$7.77 billion (2014)
* estimated figure

















 

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