National Symbols of Chile

The long narrow country, Chile that extends down the west coast of South America, has one of the most peculiar shapes with its 6500 km long coastline and only 61 km wide territory. Santiago de Chile is the capital city which is located in the middle of the country. The official language is Spanish, and the population consists of White or Mestizos, Mapuches, and Aymaras. Most of the folk are Christian, including Catholics, Protestants, and other Christians. Chileans use the Chilean pesos as the currency while the country phone code is +56 and the official domain is “.cl.”

“Through Reason Or By Force” is the official motto of Chile. The national day, the 18th of September signifies the proclamation of the First Governing Body of 1810 and marking the beginning of the Chilean Independence process. Diego de Almagro is the father of the country as he is the first Spaniard to reach Chile in the 15th century. On the other hand, Argentine military and politician and one of the liberators from Argentina, Chile, and Peru, Jose de San Martin, is considered the national hero. The Chile flag has two horizontal bands of white and red, with a blue square, which bears a white five-pointed star in the center. The Chilean coat of arms has turquoise blue, white, and red as its stamp; by supports one huemul rampant to its right and a condor his left along with the crowns on the head of animals. On the bottom part, the official motto is written in capital letters.

The huemul and the condor are the national animals of the country. Chilean Bellflower and Araucaria Araucana are other significant symbols accepted as national flowers and trees, respectively. Curanto, a way of cooking using hot stones in a hole covered with sheets of pangue and sods, is the national dish, while pisco sour, an alcoholic cocktail with pisco and lemon juice, is the national drink. Ponchos are the national dress which is a rectangular piece of heavy and thick fabric. Cueca is the folkloric dance, which is danced in circular figures, with turns and half turns.

Globally famous writer Pablo Neruda is considered the national poet along with Gabriela Mestral, who is a locally famous significant poet. Chileans love football, but the national sport is Chilean Rodeo. Santiago General Cemetary in the capital is one of the country’s symbols as it has the tomb of many important figures of Chile. LATAM Airlines is the national airline, and “Where The Impossible Is Possible” is the touristic motto of Chile.

Country information

Former name(s) Chili
Official name(s) Republic of Chile
Alternative name(s) Chilli (Mapuche)
Regional location Southern South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Argentina and Peru
Country name etymology The name dates to the "men of Chilli", the survivors of the first Spanish expedition into the region in 1535 under Diego de Almagro.
Climate Temperate; desert in north; Mediterranean in central region; cool and damp in south
Terrain Low coastal mountains; fertile central valley; rugged Andes in east
Population 19,116,201
National Day 18 Sep 1810
Language(s) Spanish
Religion Christianity Roman Catholic, Protestantism
Country code +56
Literacy rate 96.9%
Currency Chilean peso
Capital city Santiago
Domain(TLD) .cl
Ethnicity White or Mestizo, Mapuche , Aymara
Head of government President
Nationality Chilean
Driving side Drive on the Right-hand side
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Total area 756,096.3 km2 (291,930.4 sq mi)
Timezone UTC−4 and −6 (CLT and EASTc)
Average elevation 1,870 m (6,135 ft)
Coastline 6,435 Km
Mains electricity 220 V
Emergency telephone numbers Emergency Telephone Numbers

Coat of arms

Flag map of Chile

Flag map of Chile

Motto of Chile

Por la razón o la fuerza - "Through Reason Or By Force"

National animal of Chile

The National animal of Chile is Huemul

National Animal of Chile - Huemul

National flower of Chile

The National flower of Chile is Chilean bellflower. Botanical name is Lapageria Rosea.

National flower of Chile - Chilean bellflower

National bird of Chile

The National bird of Chile is Andean Condor

National bird of Chile - Andean Condor

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Chilean Proverbs - Popular quotes, proverbs and sayings.

Where distrust enters, love is no more than a boy.

He who travels over land has to drink enough water.

Get up! The sun rises for everybody.

That which is a sin in others is a virtue in ourselves.

The shrimp that falls asleep gets carried away by the current.

My Uncle is sick, but the highway is green.

God hears the person who speaks.

Never give thanks for a favor held back.

Just as today dawns, so the rest of the month will follow; and just as the first month, so will be the rest of the year.

He who saves up for another day has no trust in God.

Never defecate more than what you eat.

Speak with a true heart, holding back your evil passions.

Tell me who is by your side and I’ll tell you who you are.

He who travels to Portugal loses his seat.

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