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Republic of Chile
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Location  South America
Capital  Santiago de Chile
Area  756,102 sq km
Population  17,925,262
"A trouble shared is a trouble halved"
(Proverb/Quote of the Week)

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  • An international team of astronomers, that also includes researchers from Chile, studying a newborn star has caught a detailed glimpse of planets forming around it, revealing a never-before seen stage of planetary evolution. The research findings were published on 2 January 2013 in the journal Nature.[1]

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  • Chile and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 8 January 2013 to increase cooperation and improve the management in conservation of marine and terrestrial protected areas.

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  • Chile became the first South American country to be admitted to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international economic organisation, under an accession agreement signed on 11 January 2010. The entry into the group was a major stride for Chile towards joining the ranks of developed nations.[2]

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  • An international team of astronomers, including researchers from Chile, have spotted a cosmic explosion about 200 times more powerful than a typical supernova, as published on 15 January 2016 in the journal Science. At its peak intensity, the explosion—called ASASSN-15lh—shone with 570 billion times the luminosity of the Sun.[3]

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  • Chilean driver Ignacio Casale won the quad race in Dakar Rally on 18 January 2014. It was Chile’s first Dakar triumph.[4]

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  • Chile ranked ninth in the World Economic Forum's 2018 Inclusive Development Index's (IDI) list of emerging economies, an annual assessment of 103 countries’ economic performance that measures how countries perform on eleven dimensions of economic progress in addition to GDP.[5]

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  • After decades of debate, the United Nations' International Court of Justice on 27 January 2014 defined a new maritime boundary between Chile and Peru, awarding Peru parts of the Pacific Ocean and offering rich coastal fishing grounds to Chile.[6]

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  • An international team of scientists, including researchers from Chile, has discovered the greatest absence of evolution ever reported — a type of deep-sea microorganism or sulfur bacteria that appears not to have evolved over more than 2 billion years. Their findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on 2 February 2015.[7]

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  • Chilean swimmer Barbara Hernandez became the first person to swim 2.5 kilometers through the icy waters of Antarctica on 6 February 2023.

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  • Chilean director Patricio Guzman won a Silver Bear for best script at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on 14 February 2015 for his documentary The Pearl Button.[8]

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  • Chilean duo Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on 18 February 2017 for their role in A Fantastic Woman.[9]

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  • Scientists from Chile, the USA and Brazil have unearthed a mass graveyard of fossilized whales in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Their study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B on 26 February 2014, suggests toxins generated by algae blooms most likely poisoned the animals millions of years ago.[10]

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  • Astronomers from Chile, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland using a powerful telescope in southern Chile have captured the direct image of a protoplanet forming around another star. It would be the first time that scientists have succeeded in observing this process and their research findings were published on 28 February 2013 in the journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters.[11]

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  • Chilean film A Fantastic Woman won the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 90th Academy Awards on 4 March 2018.[12]
  • Chilean scientists have developed an ointment that have proved effective in combating melanoma, the most aggressive variety of skin cancer, as announced by the University of Santiago on 4 March 2016. After applying the ointment on animals, the scientists were able to improve the animals' life expectancy more than double that of treating cancer normally.[13]

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  • Huilo Huilo biological reserve in Chile was named as the winner of the 2015 National Geographic World Legacy Award in the Conserving the Natural World category recognizing outstanding works for the preservation of nature.

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  • Chile created a new law protecting the waters along its 6,400km (4,000 mile) coastline, as revealed on 10 March 2018, which creates nine marine reserves.

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  • Michelle Bachelet Jeria, first female President of Chile, was in the office from 11 March 2006 to 11 March 2010.

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  • The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array, an array of radio telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile, was inaugurated on 13 March 2013. It is the world's largest space observatory to date and is expected to help scientists unlock new information about the Universe.[14]

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  • Gabriela Mistral, a Chilean poet, won the 1945 Nobel Prize in Literature. It was awarded to Mistral for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world. Mistral was born on 7 April 1889. She was the first ever Chilean Nobel Prize recipient.[15]

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  • Scientists in Chile led by Chilean geologist Carlos Arévalo have discovered the remains of a previously unknown species of dinosaur, Arackar licanantay, in Chile's Atacama Desert, as revealed on 16 April 2021.[16]

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  • A team of scientists in Chile have found a human footprint that dates back more than 15,000 years -- the oldest one ever found in the Americas. The research was published on 24 April 2019 in the scientific journal PLOS-ONE.[17]

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  • Chilean researchers and their international colleagues have discovered fossils of a new 9.8-foot-long dinosaur in Chile, named Chilesaurus diegosuarezi. The dinosaur - had a meat-free diet and munched on plants about 145 million years ago - was described on 27 April 2015 in the journal Nature.[18]

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  • Chilean researchers have discovered a giant exoplanet orbiting a star 500 light years away from Earth. Their findings were published in the Astronomical Journal on 28 April 2015.[19]

April 29

  • Alberto Curamil of Chile, who organized his Mapuche community to stop the construction of two hydroelectric projects on the sacred Cautín River in Chile, won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize 2019.[20]

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  • Chile's Cristian Garin won the 2019 Munich Open tennis title beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7/1) in the final.

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  • Chilean scientists have contributed to discover the fastest growing black hole known in the universe, describing it as a monster that devours a mass equivalent to our sun every two days, as revealed on 15 May 2018.[21]

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  • A team of Chilean and international astronomers have detected the most distant known source of oxygen in a galaxy of stars called MACS1149-JD1 13.28 billion light years away formed only 250 million years after the Big Bang. Their findings were reported in the journal Nature on 17 may 2018.[22]

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  • An international team of astronomers from Chile, England and the USA have found evidence of ice and comets orbiting a nearby sun-like star named HD 181327, which could give a glimpse into how our own solar system developed, as revealed on 19 May 2016.[23]

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  • Scientists from Chile and Germany have uncovered 46 specimens from four different species of extinct group of large, fast-swimming prehistoric marine reptiles near the Tyndall Glacier in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. The discovery was reported on 22 May 2014 in the journal Geological Society of America Bulletin.[24]

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  • Chile’s environmental regulator blocked Canada-based Barrick Gold Corporation's $8.5-billion mining project in Chile on 24 May 2013. After a four-month investigation, Chile's Environmental Superintendent announced that all construction work on the mining project must stop until Barrick builds the systems it promised to put in place for containing contaminated water.[25]

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  • Cecilia Carolina Bolocco Fonck of Chile was crowned as the 36th Miss Universe in 1987 at the age of 22. Cecilia is the first woman from Chile to win the title.

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  • Chilean astronomers and their international colleagues have found a rare exoplanet, named as NGTS-4b, as revealed on 29 May 2019. The planet is three times the size of Earth and 20% smaller than Neptune and the planet has its own atmosphere.

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  • Chile and other thirty-seven countries met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people well ahead of time, the United Nations food agency revealed on 12 June 2013.[26]

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  • Chilean and American researchers have found that a fossil discovered in Antarctica is a soft-shelled egg, the largest ever found, laid some 68 million years ago, possibly by a type of extinct sea snake or lizard. A study describing the fossil egg was published in Nature on 17 June 2020.[27]

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  • Ancient Qhapac Ñan road system built by the Inca Empire spanning six countries in South America including Chile was granted World Heritage status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2014.[28]

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  • Chile's Lan Airlines completed a takeover of Brazil’s Tam on 22 June 2012 after two years of negotiations, creating the world's second-largest airline by market value, to be known as Latam.[29]

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  • Chile successfully launched a satellite on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 powered by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 23 June 2017.[30]

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  • Chile beat Argentina in penalty shootout 4-2 to win the 2016 Copa America football tournament as the game ended scoreless after 120 minutes. It was Chile' second Copa America title in two years.[31]

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  • In a world first, an international team of astronomers and Chilean scientists have determined the precise location of a powerful one-off burst of cosmic radio waves – and the results were published online by the journal Science on 27 June 2019.[32]

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  • Chile won the Copa America football title for the first time in their history with a 4-1 victory on penalties over Argentina on 4 July 2015, after the teams finished the regulation and extra time at 0-0.[33]

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  • A team of international and Chilean archaeologists based on DNA analysis has discovered that Indigenous Americans had contact with Polynesians 800 years ago, centuries before the arrival of Europeans. Their findings were published in the journal Nature on 8 July 2020.[34]

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  • An international team of astronomers in Chile using a powerful telescope have observed what appears to be evidence of the existence of dark galaxies, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced on 11 July 2012.[35]

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  • Pablo Neruda, a Chilean poet and politician, won the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams. Neruda was born in Chile on 12 July 1904. He was the second ever Chilean Nobel Prize recipient.[36]

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  • Chile qualified for Rugby World Cup for the first time on 16 July 2022 with a stunning 31-29 victory over the host United States to win a two-leg aggregate qualifier.

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  • A team of international scientists, including researchers from Chile, for the first time have spotted a moon-forming region around a planet beyond our solar system. The research was described in The Astrophysical Journal Letters on 22 July 2021.[37]

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  • Chile made history on 3 August 2018 when it became the first country in Latin America to ban the commercial use of plastic bags.

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  • Former two-time Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially appointed as new High Commissioner for UN Human Rights on 10 August 2018.[38]

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  • Chilean and a team of international scientists have discovered that Penguins originated in Australia and New Zealand, not in the Antarctica, as published on 17 August 2020 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.[39]

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  • Chilean astronomers have discovered a second planet, β Pictoris c, circling Beta Pictoris, a fledgling star in our own galaxy offering astronomers a rare glimpse of a planetary system in the making, according to a study published in the journal Nature Astronomy on 19 August 2019.[40]

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  • A collaborative effort by researchers from Chile and their international colleagues have confirmed the existence of a rocky planet named Proxima b orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun, according to a new study published in journal Nature on 24 August 2016.[41]

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  • Chilean writer Pedro Lemebel was announced winner of the 2013 Jose Donoso Ibero-American Literature Award.

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  • Chilean scientists and a team of international researchers have discovered a galaxy supercluster forming in the early Universe, just 2.3 billion years after the Big Bang. This galaxy proto-supercluster, nicknamed Hyperion, is the largest and most massive structure yet found at such a remote time and distance, as revealed in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on 6 September 2018.[42]

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  • Chilean Christian Valenzuela and Christopher Guajardo (Guide) won the Men's 5000m T11 race final at the London Paralympic Games on 7 September 2012. It was Chile's first gold medal at the Paralympics.[43]

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  • Chile was recognised as the Leading Adventure Tourism Destination in Latin America at the 2018 World Travel Awards.[44]

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  • Nicholas O’Connor from Chile was named one of the International News Media Association's 30 under 30 award winners, recognising rising stars in the global media industry, on 17 September 2020.[45]

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  • September 18 is celebrated in Chile as Independence Day. On September 18, 1810 Chile declared Independence from Spain which has been a long and hard-fought process spanning over a decade.[46]

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  • Scientists from the University of Chile have uncovered the remains of Jurassic sea predators resembling killer whales - dating all the way back to some 160 million years ago, as revealed on 25 September 2020.

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  • Chile and Peru signed a memorandum of understanding on 27 September 2012 between the two countries and NGO Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) regarding the demining process of Chile’s northern border. The memorandum, a sign of collaboration, outlines a mutually agreed upon territory for demining efforts and the conditions and methods to be used by the NPA.[47]

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  • The Chilean government on 5 October 2015 announced the creation of the largest marine reserve in the Americas in its Pacific waters where commercial fishing will be restricted.[48]

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  • Chile opened their first Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Valparaiso, Chile with the guidance of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development, as announced on 8 October 2015. The aim is to provide quality one-on-one advising services as well as group training and to facilitate customized market research for Chilean small businesses.[49]

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  • The first female president of Chile Michelle Bachelet was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.
  • A day of thrill and joy worldwide as the 33 trapped Chilean miners were rescued from 700 m or 2,300 ft below ground. The miners were trapped for a record 69 days. They were rescued one by one on 13th October, 2010 after days of efficient and inspired efforts from engineers and others from different parts of the world.[50]

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  • Chile was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on 16 October 2017 for a 3-year term starting on 1 January 2018.[51]

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  • Chile won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council on 17 October 2019 for three-year terms starting in January, following a secret ballot held in the General Assembly Hall in New York.[52]
  • Chile was elected as a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council on 17 October 2013 for the years 2014-2015.

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  • The 2023 Pan American Games, a continental multi-sport event in the Americas, was held in Santiago, Chile from October 20 to November 5, 2023.[53]

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  • Chile was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 24 October 1945.[54]

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  • Astronomers in Chile discovered a ghostly nebula shining about 5,000 light-years from Earth, is also the coldest known object in the universe to date, according to an official announcement on 30 October 2013.

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  • A team of Chilean and international team of researchers have detected an element, fluorine, found in our teeth in a galaxy that is more than 12 billion light-years away. A study detailing their findings was published on 4 November 2021 in the journal Nature Astronomy.[55]

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  • Remains of the extinct megalodon shark, including its enormous teeth, were found in the Atacama desert, near the coast of the Pacific Ocean, in northern Chile, as widely reported on 6 November 2021.

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  • Hil Hernández from Chile won the 2006 Miss Earth crown on 26 November 2006. Hil became the first Chilean woman to win the title.[56]

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  • President of Chile Michelle Bachelet won the 2017 UN Champions of the Earth award in the Policy Leadership category for outstanding leadership in creating marine protected areas and boosting renewable energy.[57]

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  • First of a regular line of cargo planes carrying 100 tonnes of Chilean cherries and blueberries landed in northeast China's Shenyang on 26 December 2015. With the introduction of this regular charter flights Chilean fruit exports to China are expected to grow in the following years.

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