38 Interesting Facts About Chile

Last updated on April 22nd, 2017

Chile is a South American country bordered by the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is officially the Republic of Chile. 

Chile map with bordering countries
Chile map with bordering countries

38 Interesting facts about Chile

1. Chile is the longest country in the world from north to south at 2,647 miles.

2. 16,000 fireworks were exploded in the Chilean city of Valparaiso in 2007. This remains a Guinness World Record.

3. Chile is the world’s fifth-largest wine exporter, with 100 wineries.

4. Husbands and wives in Chile do not share a same, common last name. Wives use their maiden names. Use of common last names for male and female counterparts is reserved for brothers and sisters.

5. One of the world’s lowest divorce rates is in Chile. Divorce was only legalized in 2005.

6. Pisco is Chile’s national drink. It is home grown in the country, and made with a mixture of a few different ingredients. They use Coca-Cola to form Piscola. Lemon juice, ice, sugar and beaten egg whites are used to make Pisco sour, which is the most common version of the national drink.

7. You can also find the world’s driest desert – the Atacama – in Chile. This place has not seen even a single drop of rain since record keeping began.

The barren Atacama Desert in northern Chile
Interesting facts about Chile: A view of the barren Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Image credit – European Southern Observatory

8. The largest anthropomorphic figure in the world is also located in Chile at Cerro (119 m high).

9. Chile hosted the 1962 FIFA World Cup, and tennis is their most successful sport.

10. Fernando Gonzalez is a famous tennis player from Chile.

11. Since 1967, it is mandatory to hang the Chilean flag in a proper condition from every public building. Failure to abide by the regulation can lead to fines of up to 40,000 pesos.

12. Outside of Spain, Chile has the largest library, containing 1.8-million volumes.

13. Many of Chile’s more than 1300 volcanoes can be active.

14. You can spot 4000-year-old trees in Chile’s southern region. They are mostly of the amazingly long-lived Alerce tree species.

15. The biggest earthquake ever recorded on earth, measuring 9.5 on the Richter scale, hit Chile in 1900. The catastrophe killed more than 1500 people and left 2000 homeless.