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Background: Prior to the coming of the Spanish in the 16th century, northern Chile was under Inca rule while Araucanian Indians inhabited central and southern Chile; the latter were not completely subjugated by Spain until the early 1880s. Although Chile declared its independence in 1810, decisive victory over the Spanish was not achieved until 1818. In the War of the Pacific (1879-84), Chile defeated Peru and Bolivia and won its present northern lands. A three-year-old Marxist government of Salvador ALLENDE was overthrown in 1973 by a dictatorial military regime led by Augusto PINOCHET, who ruled until a freely elected president was installed in 1990. Sound economic policies, maintained consistently since the 1980s, have contributed to steady growth and have helped secure the country's commitment to democratic and representative government. Chile has increasingly assumed regional and international leadership roles befitting its status as a stable, democratic nation.
History: The population consists predominantly of mestizos (the product of racial mixture between colonial Spanish settlers and indigenous tribes, in varying degrees of admixture) and Europeans, with a notable Amerindian minority. In ethnic identity, the country is relatively homogenous, stemming from a largely cohesive national identity known locally as Chilenidad. Not defined by race, Chilenidad manifests a sense of shared non-indigenous cultural identity, and the major conscious divide among Chileans is based on indigenous and non-indigenous identities. [from Wikipedia]
Population: 16,284,741 (July 2007 est.)
0-14 years: 24.1% (male 2,010,576/female 1,920,951)
15-64 years: 67.4% (male 5,480,703/female 5,492,988)
65 years and over: 8.5% (male 576,698/female 802,825) (2007 est.)
Religions: Roman Catholic 70%, Evangelical 15.1%, Jehovah's Witness 1.1%, other Christian 1%, other 4.6%, none 8.3% (2002 census)
Ethnic groups: white and white-Amerindian 95%, Amerindian 3%, other 2%
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