The Music of Chile

  Many countries are known for a unique style or genre of music, Chilean music speaks to the diversity and richness of its culture as social and regional subjects influenced its past and present sound. Cueca The national dance of Chile is the “cueca,…

Academic salary in 29 countries

A report penned by Eduardo Cabrera in Chilean newspaper La Tercera (28/1/2013, p.7) shows that academics in the country receive some of the highest salaries in Latin America. Chilean academics working in state universities earned an average monthly sala…

The richest people in Chile

Carlos Slim the Mexican telecommunications king tops the Forbes 2012 rich list beating Bill Gates among others with an estimated fortune $69B USD. The list also identifies 5 billionaires from Chile in industries ranging from mining, paper, retail, inves…

The abortion controversy

Regular readers will be aware of the study recently published in PLoSONE on maternal mortality rate (MMR) trends in Chile and the American  continent. Professor Koch from Universidad Católica, Concepción and colleagues from Universidad de Chile and othe…

Alien Gun’s debut album: Dreaming at 1420 MHz

Alien Gun, a four-piece prog rock band from Santiago de Chile are currently about to release their debut album, Dreaming at 1420 MHz, which is currently available as a free mp3 download. We spoke to the band about the album and their music. Chileno: So…

Maternal death rate in Chile lower than US

A new study published in the open access to all scientific journal PLoSONE has shown that the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Chile has dramatically reduced over the last 50 years and now compares favourably with the rest of the American Continent. Stu…

The unique language of Chile

By Marcela de Vivo It is often remarked upon how the English spoken by Americans isn’t really “English,” but within the small area of the United Kingdom—or even just England—a diverse range of accents and slang can make one person almost unintelligible…

Inti-Illimani: Interview

Inti-Illimani are currently celebrating a 45 year milestone in their long and varied history as Chile’s best known pioneers of la Nueva Canción Chilena. Champions of the Andean tradition with a social and political conscience, Inti-Illimani have long be…

Andres Wood: Chilean film director

Perhaps Chile's most noteable film director, Andrés Wood, is responsible for a wealth of films including Historias de Fútbol, Machuca, la Buena Vida and La Fiebre del Loco.

Chilenismos

Like most Latin American countries where Spanish is spoken (all apart from Brasil), the variety of Spanish in Chile is different to that found in Spain. Chileans have a way with words and some would say a different way of expressing their thoughts. A sl…