Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Chile - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Chile - Number format


(where , indicates the decimal separator and . the thousands separator)

Chile - Date formats



Chile - Languages


Language map External

The official language is Spanish External. Other languages are: Central Aymara External (899 speakers); Huilliche External (3 000 speakers); Kawesqar External (10 speakers); Mapudungin External (400 000 speakers); Rapa Nui External (2 200 on Easter Island, 300 in mainland Chile) and Yámana External (4 speakers).

Chile - Personal names and forms of address


Each person usually has a given name followed by two family names, that of the father followed by that of the mother, for example:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez

People may also have two given names.

Upon marriage, females may take their husband’s name as a further given name, in this way:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez de Lopez

where the de indicates “(wife) of”. De usually indicates a married female, but may also be part of a name.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Chile - Company legal forms


The following company type may be found:

   Asociación (Association)
   EIRL  - Empresa Individual de Responsabilidad Limitada - individual enterprise with limited liability
   SA - Sociedad anónima
   Sociedad colectiva
   SpA  - Sociedad por acciones - limited partnership with shares
   SrlSociedad de responsabilidad limitada – limited liability company
   Sociedad en Comandita

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see External

Chile - Address format


Addresses are written in the following format:

   Recipient name
   {thoroughfare type[]}Thoroughfare name[, ]house number{[, ]floor etc. indicators}
   SETTLEMENT{[ ]sorting code}

For example:


For those areas where a postal code has been introduced, the format is:

   Recipient name
   {thoroughfare type[]}Thoroughfare name[, ]house number{[, ]floor etc. indicators}
   Postal code[ ]SETTLEMENT

For example:




When addresses are written in Spanish, calle, the Spanish word for street, is rarely written. The Spanish thoroughfare type, when included, is written before, and separately from, the thoroughfare name. It should be written with the first letter in lower case. For further information about address components, please refer to the chapter on Spain.

A single-digit sorting code may be found in Santiago addresses where no new postal code is given.

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Chile - Post office box


The word for post office box is Casilla Postal, sometimes abbreviated to Casilla or CP. The number of the post office in which the post office box is situated (e.g. Correo 25); the name of the post office and sometimes also the street address of the post office may be written in an address containing a post office box number.

Chile - Postal codes


Chile has recently completed introducing a 7 digit postal code (Código Postal). The format is NNNNNNN determining a geographical area, down to one side of a housing block.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Chile - Postal code format graphic


Chile - Postal code format

Chile - Postal code specifics


Chile - Postal code regular expression


Chile - Postal code level of coverage


Chile - Place names


Refer to Exonyms in Chile for full lists of place names in Chile in other languages.

Chile - Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic

Telephone numbers in Chile


All numbers (when called from abroad) have a total of 8 or 9 digits. Mobile numbers have the area codes 8 or 9.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External

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All information copyright Graham Rhind 2019. Any information used should be acknowledged and referenced.