A few facts you may not know about Chile

March 05, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The Nationwide Tour is a vehicle that delivers proven performers to the PGA TOUR every year. It is almost a vehicle that drives promotional benefits to the many places it visits both in the U.S. and abroad. This week, Chile is proud to share its story with the rest of the world that follows golf and the Nationwide Tour:

• Chile has 2,700 miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean and features arid desert, forests, valleys, mountains, lakes, glacier fields and the Antarctic Circle to the south.

• Chile is never more than 110 miles wide from east to west.

• Mountains cover 80 percent of the country.

• It is one of only two countries in South America that does not border Brazil.

• The population of Chile is 16.9 million, with 5.6 million living in metropolitan Santiago.

• There are 50 golf courses in Chile, 60 golf professionals and an estimated 15,000 amateur players.

• Santiago was recently named one of the "best destinations to visit" by the New York Times.

• Chile has five cultural sites that have been named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, plus 169 ski slopes and 35 national parks.

• The northern portion of the country holds claim to the clearest skies in the Southern Hemisphere for viewing stars.

• Santiago was founded in 1541 by Spanish explorer Pedro de Valdivia.

• Most Chileans are of European or mixed European and indigenous ancestry.

• Chile received its independence from Spanish colonial rule in 1810.

• Tournament sponsor, La Serena, a beautiful coastal and tourist area to the north, has grown by 30 percent in the last 30 years.

• Chile ranks No. 1 on the list of best countries for doing business in Latin America.

• Chile ranks No. 1 in copper production in the world.

• More than 99% of the world's harvested potatoes in the world originate in Chile.

• Chile is the world's second-largest grower of salmon.

• Chile provides North America with almost 15% of all fruit sales from November through April.

• Every day, 9.8 million people around the world enjoy a glass of Chilean wine.

• There are more than 2,000 volcanoes in Chile, 38 of which are active, with the tallest being 22,614 feet.

• Chile has over 1,750 glaciers which cover 3% of the country's surface.

• David Selkirk, immortalized as Robinson Crusoe, survived a shipwreck and lived for several years on a desert island off the coast of Chile.