By: Leah Shoup

1/3 of Chile’s population lives in Santiago.

The 2017 Census in Chile found that the country's population was approx. 17,574,003 people. Of these, roughly 6 million people live in the capital.

Chile occupies 756,096.3 km2 (291,930.4 square miles), extending for 4,329 kilometers (2689.916 miles) from north to south.

Chile is one of the longest countries in the world.

Easter Island sits 3,510 kilometers (2,180 miles) west of continental Chile at its nearest point or about a 5.5 hour flight from Santiago!

Easter Island isn’t near the rest of Chile.

This desert in northern Chile receives less than 12 mm of rain per year, making it the driest non-polar desert in the world.

The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places in the world.

You can drive from the Andes mountains to the coast in 3-4 hours in Chile! 

You could technically ski and surf in one day in Chile.

The Chilean flag has a blue square in the top left corner, while the Texan flag has a blue stripe down the  left side.

People mistake the Chilean flag for the Texan flag.

The historic quarter of Valparaíso, the Churches of Chiloé, and Rapa Nui National Park are three of the most famous sites!

Chile has six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Chile is within the Ring of Fire and is home to between 80-90 active volcanoes. You can hike Villarica volcano in the Lake District!

Chile has around 2,900 volcanoes.

The Gran Torre Santiago is the tallest building in South America and the second-tallest skyscraper in Latin America

Chile is home to South America's tallest skyscraper.

Chile has almost 40 observatories, making it a hub for the world’s astronomy community

Chile is the world capital of astronomy.

Chile has the perfect climate conditions to grow grapes and produce wine. The most common varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère.

Chile is the seventh-largest wine producer globally.