Chile is a country located on the western coast of South America, bordering Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Its capital and largest city is Santiago.
Chile is a former Spanish colony. It declared its independence in 1818. Following a US-backed military coup in 1973, dictator Augusto Pinochet led the country for 16 years. Chile is rich in mineral resources and today is one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. This page collates all of DW's content on Chile.
In Chile's capital, Santiago, there's a medical center where doctors dress up in astronaut suits and MRI scanners are designed to look like rocket ships. This unique place is the creation of Doctor Patricio Mardones, sometimes dubbed "Chile's Patch Adams." Jane Chambers went to meet him.
Chile's government has rejected plans for a controversial billion-dollar mining project. Its reasoning: the proposed mine would disrupt marine life at the Humboldt Penguin Reserve, in particular the colonies of Humboldt penguins that breed there. Environmentalists have hailed the move a victory for nature.
It's election year in Chile and one of the big issues is education. Students and teachers have been protesting for years, demanding better pay for teachers and modern curricula. But one group of people has decided the best way to improve the system is through change in schools rather than protests on the streets.
As their country descends further into chaos and political crisis, increasing numbers of Venezuelans are fleeing to Chile in search of stability and employment. WorldLink’s Jane Chambers met some new arrivals to talk about what they have left behind and what they hope their future will yield.
Despite an apology from the president in June, the Mapuche communities of southern Chile have many grievances over their civil rights and control of their ancestral lands. Promised land transfers have been slow.
The vice president began his trip in Colombia ahead of visits to Argentina, Chile and Panama. Talks with foreign leaders are likely to be dominated by a political crackdown in Venezuela and drug trafficking into the US.