Economía de Chile

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The economy of Chile is the fifth largest economy in Latin America in terms of nominal domestic gross product (GDP), and in terms of GDP at purchasing power parity (PPA) prices. It has the highest per-person income (GDP per capita) in Latin America and belongs to the category of high-income countries according to the World Bank.

Chile is the world's largest producer of copper, lithium and iodine, as well as agricultural products such as fresh grapes, blueberries, plums and dehydrated apples.


Mining is present in 13 of the 15 regions of the country and extracts 25 different products. The main commercial product is copper, popularly known as "the salary of Chile" because of the important contribution that this industry generates in tax collection.


Livestock and agriculture are the main activities of the central and southern regions of the country. The main Chilean agricultural products are cereals (oats, corn and wheat), fruits (peaches, apples, pears and grapes) and vegetables (garlic, onions, asparagus and beans). The export of fruits and vegetables has reached historical levels as the doors of the Asian and European markets open; the same has happened with products of forestry, fishing and crustaceans.


Tourism has become one of the main economic resources of Chile since the mid-1990s. According to the WTO, Chile was the eighth destination for foreign tourists within the Americas in 2010. The main Chilean tourist attractions correspond to places of natural landscapes in the extreme areas of the country.