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POPULATION. Chile's population is estimated in 16 million inhabitants, mainly of Spanish or mixed Spanish-Indian descent, with large communities of British, German, Italian, Swiss, Croatian and French origin.

Capital: The capital of Chile is the city of Santiago, located at 520 m. above sea level.

Language: The official language is Spanish. English is widely spoken

Public Holidays:

January 1st   New Year's Day
March/April   Easter, movable
May 21st   Navy Day
June 18th   Corpus Christi
June 29th   Saint Peter and Paul
August 15th   Ascension Day
September 18th-19th   Independence Days
October 12th   Columbus Day
November 1st   All Saints Day
December 8th   Immaculate Conception
December 25th   Christmas Day

Currency: The official currency is the "PESO".
The rate of exchange is 1 US$ = 570 Chilean pesos

Banking Hours: 9 am. to 2 pm.

Credit Cards: American Express - Master Card - Visa - Diners

Electric Current: 220 volts, 50 cycles. AC

Reciprocity Fee: The amounts indicated are the same ones that Chilean citizens are requested to pay when they travel to each of the countries mentioned. These amounts have to be paid in cash.

American citizens: US$ 100
Canadian citizens: US$ 50
Australian citizens: US$ 30
Mexican citizens: US$ 15

ACE Turismo Chile • Don Carlos 3255-A • Santiago-Chile • Tel: (56 2) 335 6230 • Fax: (56 2) 233 8207 • Email: info@aceturismo.cl