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A narrow strip of land that stretches from the Tropic of Capricorn in the north almost to Antarctica, Chile’s unique geography gives the nation of the most diverse and unique environments in the world. This richness in natural beauty is mirrored in the economic health of the Andean nation, and Chile has long been renowned within Latin America as one of the region’s standard-bearers in terms of stability and prosperity.
Benefiting from a long tradition of democratic government that re-established itself after the dictatorship of Agustin Pinochet ended in 1990, the country regularly leads its Latin American neighbours in measures of human development, average incomes, poverty levels, competitiveness and freedom from corruption.
Important activities in Chile include mining ventures, extracting valuable minerals such as copper – one-third of the world’s supply of the metal comes from the area, making it a key export and opportunity for foreign partnership – gold, and silver. This activity is centred in the Atacama desert, found in the sparsely-populated northern region and famous as one of the driest places on earth, receiving an average of four inches of rain every 1000 years. There is also a thriving wine production, in the central, most temperate area of the nation, while further south massive forests provide the fuel for the timber industry.
Chile is included within the region denominated the ‘Southern Cone’ of South America, alongside Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, and as in the rest of the region has developed a local Spanish which varies significantly to that heard on the Iberian peninsula, or in the rest of the Latin American world. The Chilean dialect, moreover, also differs greatly to that of its neighbours based around the Rio de la Plata, and as such usually commands its own category in terms of vocabulary and speech patterns.
The local language makes ample use of loanwords from Quechua, one of the original tongues of the region before the arrival of Europeans, as well as other indigenous idioms. Some are used in a more colloquial sense, but others have passed into standard usage – mostly notably in foodstuffs and agriculture, for example, choclo for corn, zapallo for pumpkin and chacra to describe a small farm – which means any translator wishing to correctly alter a text for a Chilean audience will have to be familiar with these terms.
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