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Chile has a market-oriented economy characterized by a high level of foreign trade and a reputation for strong financial institutions and sound policy that have given it the strongest sovereign bond rating in South America. Exports account for 40% of GDP, with commodities making up some three-quarters of total exports. Copper alone provides one-third of government revenue. During the early 1990s, Chile's reputation as a role model for economic reform was strengthened when the democratic government of Patricio AYLWIN - which took over from the military in 1990 - deepened the economic reform initiated by the milita...  More..

Economy of Chile
SOURCE: CIA - The World Factbook
Currency Peso
Fiscal Year 01 January - 31 December
GDP (PPP) $243.7 billion (2009 est.)
GDP (per capita) $14,700 (2009 est.)
Exports $48.85 billion (2009 est.)
Imports $40.91 billion (2009 est.)
Main Industries Copper, Other Minerals, Foodstuffs, Fish Processing, Iron and Steel, Wood and Wood Products, Transport Equipment, Cement, Textiles
Exports - Commodities Copper, Fruit, Fish Products, Paper and Pulp, Chemicals, Wine
Imports - Commodities Petroleum and Petroleum Products, Chemicals, Electrical and Telecommunications Equipment, Industrial Machinery, Vehicles, Natural Gas
Exports Partners China 14.1%, US 11.3%, Japan 10.4%, Brazil 5.9%, South Korea 5.7%, Netherlands 5.2%, Italy 4.4% (2008)
Imports Partners US 19.1%, China 11.9%, Brazil 9.2%, Argentina 8.8%, South Korea 5.5%, Japan 4.6% (2008)

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