Percentage Below Poverty Line: 14.4%
Chile was colonized by the Spanish in the 16th Century. Chilean independence was declared in 1810 and won in 1818. In the 1990s, Chilean government transitioned to a democratically elected republic. This brought great stability to Chile, which has continued to grow ever since. Chile is one of the most stable countries in South America. Chile faces some specific challenges, especially as its population continues to age. Most Chileans are Catholic (66.7%) or Christian (16.4%), while 11.5% claim no religious affiliation.
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