Santiago, Chile

capital city of Chile

Santiago, Chile (also known as Santiago de Chile) is the capital of Chile and the largest city in the country. It has a population of around 7 million people, about 35.9 percent of the population of South America. In Chile, people call the city Gran Santiago (Big Santiago) or Santiago. It has 26 comunas (municipalities).

Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile
Flag of Santiago de Chile
Flag
Coat of arms of Santiago de Chile
Coat of arms
Location of Santiago commune in Greater Santiago
Location of Santiago commune in Greater Santiago
Santiago de Chile is located in Chile
Santiago de Chile
Santiago de Chile
Location of Santiago commune in Greater Santiago
Coordinates: 33°27′0″S 70°40′0″W / 33.45000°S 70.66667°W / -33.45000; -70.66667Coordinates: 33°27′0″S 70°40′0″W / 33.45000°S 70.66667°W / -33.45000; -70.66667
Country Chile
RegionMetropolitan Region
ProvinceSantiago Province
FoundationFebruary 12, 1541
Government
 • MayorPablo Zalaquett Said (UDI)
Area
 • City58 km2 (22.4 sq mi)
 • Urban
641.4 km2 (247.6 sq mi)
 • Metro
15,403.2 km2 (5,947.2 sq mi)
Elevation
520 m (1,706 ft)
Population
 (2009)
 • City200,792
 • Density8,964/km2 (23,216/sq mi)
 • Urban
6,676,745
 • Metro
7.2 Million
Demonym(s)Santiaguinos (-as)
Time zoneUTC−4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−3 (CLST)
Websitemunicipalidaddesantiago.cl

With its geographical conditions, because it is located in a valley surrounded by the Andes mountains, Santiago has a large amount of air pollution.

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