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Our primary offices are located at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Duquesne University

Small Business Development Center

108 Rockwell Hall

600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103

 

For Inquiries:

duqsbdc@duq.edu

 

Brent Rondon

Manager, Global Business Program

(412) 396-5670

rondon@duq.edu

 

Megan Thompson

Assistant, Global Business Program

(412) 396-1635

thomps35@duq.edu

Geography

 

Location:

Southern South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Argentina and Peru

Area:

Total – 756,102 sq km

Comparison to the world – 38

Land – 743,812 sq km

Water – 12,290 sq km

Boundaries:

                   Total – 7,801 km

Border countries – Argentina 6,691 km, Bolivia 942 km, Peru 168 km

Climate:

Temperate; desert in north; Mediterranean in central region; cool and damp in south

Natural Resources:

Copper, timber, iron ore, nitrates, precious metals, molybdenum, hydropower

Natural Hazards:

                   Severe earthquakes; active volcanism; tsunamis

 

Population and Society

 

Size: 17,363,894 (July 2014 est.)

Comparison to World – 65

Major urban areas:

          SANTIAGO (capital) – 6.034 million

          Valparaiso – 883,000

          Concepcion – 770,000 (2011)

Ethnic Groups:

          White and non-indigenous 88.9%

Mapuche 9.1%

Aymara 0.7%

Other indigenous groups 1% (includes Rapa Nui, Likan Antai, Quechua, Colla, Diaguita, Kawesqar, Yagan or Yamana)

Unspecified 0.3% (2012 est.)

Languages:

          Spanish (official) – 99.5%

          English 10.2%

Indigenous 1% (includes Mapudungun, Aymara, Quechua, Rapa Nui)

Other 2.3%

Unspecified 0.2%

Literacy:

          Age 15 and over can read and write

          Total population – 98.6%

Unemployment (youth ages 15-24):

          Total – 16.3%

          Comparison to the world – 80

 

Government

 

Capital:

          Santiago

Time difference:

          UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Independence Day:

          September 18, 1810 (from Spain)

Legal System:

Civil law system influenced by several West European civil legal systems; judicial review of legislative acts by the Constitutional Tribunal

Executive Branch:

          President – Michelle Bachelet Jeria (since 11 March 2014)

Cabinet – Appointed by the president

Elections:

President elected by popular vote for a single four-year term; election last held on 17 November 2013 with a runoff election held on 15 December 2013 (next to be held on 19 November 2017)

 

Economy

 

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $335.4 billion (2013 est.)

Comparison to the World: 43

GDP growth rate:

4.4% (2013 est.)

GDP (goods and services):

Exports – 32.7%

Imports – -33.5% (2013 est.)

GDP composition by sector of origin:

          Agriculture – 3.6%

          Industry – 35.4%

          Services – 61% (2013 est.)

Agricultural Products:

Grapes, apples, pears, onions, wheat, corn, oats, peaches, garlic, asparagus, beans; beef, poultry, wool; fish; timber

Industries:

Copper, lithium, other minerals, foodstuffs, fish processing, iron and steel, wood and wood products, transport equipment, cement, textiles

Industrial Production Growth Rate:

          3% (2013 est.)

Unemployment Rate:

          6% (2013 est.)

Budget:

Revenues – $58.49 billion

Expenditures – $61.26 billion (2013 est.)

Exports:

          Revenue – $77.94 billion (2013 est.)

Commodities – Copper, fruit, fish products, paper and pulp, chemicals, wine

Partners – China 23.3%, US 12.3%, Japan 10.7%, South Korea 5.8%, Brazil 5.5% (2012)

Imports:

Revenue – $75.7 billion (2013 est.)

Commodities – Petroleum and petroleum products, chemicals, electrical and telecommunications equipment, industrial machinery, vehicles, natural gas

Partners – US 22.9%, China 18.2%, Argentina 6.6%, Brazil 6.5% (2012)

 

Energy

 

Electricity:

          Production – 62.86 billion kWh (2011 est.)

          Consumption – 53.93 billion kWh (2010 est.)

          Exports – 0 kWh (2012 est.)

          Imports – 734 million kWh (2011 est.)

Crude Oil:

          Production – 17,340 bbl/day (2012 est.)

   Comparison to the world: 81

Exports – 0 bbl/day (2010 est.)

   Comparison to the world: 96

          Imports – 169,700 bbl/day (2010 est.)

                                Comparison to the world: 35

Proved reserves – 150 million bbl (January 1, 2013 est.)

   Comparison to the world: 66

Refined Petroleum Products:

          Production –187,200 bbl/day (2010 est.)

    Comparison to the world: 55

          Exports – 13,040 bbl/day (2010 est.)

        Comparison to the world: 81

Imports – 154,100 bbl/day (2010 est.)

        Comparison to the world: 37

Natural Gas:

          Production – 1.144 billion cu m (2012 est.)

   Comparison to the world: 63

Exports – 0 cu m (2011 est.)

   Comparison to the world: 79

          Imports – 3.83 billion cu m (2012 est.)

   Comparison to the world: 38

          Proved Reserves – 97.97 billion cu m (January 1, 2013 est.)

                                Comparison to the world: 55

 

Transportation

 

Airports – 481 (2013)

          Comparison to the world: 15

          With paved runways: 90

          With unpaved runways: 391

Heliports – 1 (2013)

Pipelines –

Gas: 3,160 km

Liquid Petroleum Gas: 781 km

Oil: 985 km

Refined products: 722 km (2013)

Railways –

          Total: 7,082 km

          Comparison to the World: 28

Roadways –

          Total: 77,764 km

          Comparison to the world: 61

Ports and Terminals –

Major seaport(s): Coronel, Huasco, Lirquen, Puerto Ventanas, San Antonio, San Vicente, Valparaiso