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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Chile - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



19 828 563 (2022 projection) [1]



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 and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 6th April 2021

Chile - Languages


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 http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Chile - Address format


   Note: This section last updated 4th June 2020

Addresses are written in the following format:

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

For example:




Many buildings in rural areas are not numbered, in which case the address includes the thoroughfare name and often also S/N, sin numero, meaning “without number”.

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 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


   Note: This section last updated 4th June 2020

Chile has introduced a 7-digit postal code (Código Postal). The format is NNNNNNN determining a geographical area, down to one side of a housing block in urban areas. In rural areas the code may refer to a municipality, in which case the last four digits are 0000.

   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 - Postal code map


Chile - Place names


   Note: This section last updated 28th December 2015

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

Chile - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 15th January 2019

Chile has 16 regions External (regiones, singular - region), not used in addresses:

    Aisén del General Carlos Ibanez del Campo External
    Antofagasta External
    Araucanía External
    Arica y Parinacota External 
    Atacama External
    Bio-Bío External
    Coquimbo External
    Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins External
    Los Lagos External
    Los Ríos External 
    Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena External
    Maule External
    Nũble External    
    Region Metropolitana (Santiago) External
    Tarapacá External
    Valparaíso External

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 http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 

Properties with value Chile


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