General Information

General Information

Population and Size

17.094.275 inhabitants; size of 756.000 km2 (4.300 km from north to south and average 180 km from west to east, divided into 15 regions).


The Chilean unit of currency is the Chilean Peso (CLP). Bank notes come in denominations of 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000 and 20.000. Chile’s Coin values are 1, 5, 10, 50,100 and 500 pesos; although 1 and 5 peso coins are un-common.


Standard difference to UTC is -04:00, but between mid-December to late March the difference is -3:00 hours (due to daylight saving time). Rapa Nui is 2 hours behind the mainland. In Chile it is common to use the 24-hour clock.


Business Hours

Shops open between 9:00 and 10:00 AM, but some close for lunch (at about 1:00 PM for two to three hours). Banks are open from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM weekdays. Government offices and businesses open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Shopping centers and supermarkets in general from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Museums and vineyards are often closed on Mondays.

Phone Codes

Chile’s country code is 0056. When calling from Chilean landlines and international cell phone to national cell phone number you have to add a 9 before marking the cell phone number.