Chilean Culture

Greetings

  • Greetings in Chile are very important because they emphasise that an individual is acknowledged and welcomed.
  • When greeting someone in a formal setting or for the first time, people typically shake hands with those of the same gender. However, this can vary between social classes.
  • The ‘abrazo’ is the most common greeting among friends and family. This consists of a handshake and a hug. Among family and friends they are not so close to, they will simply give a kiss on the right cheek.
  • When male friends perform an abrazo, they may lightly slap each other’s back when hugging.
  • The abrazo is repeated with each individual when one leaves a small social gathering.
  • Men will often wait for a woman to extend her hand before shaking it.
  • Direct eye contact is also important when greeting someone.
  • Try to greet the head of the household or the most senior person first as a sign of respect.
  • Address a person by their title if you know it. If no title exists, then simply use "Señor” for men or “Señora” for women followed by their surname.
  • First names are used among friends and family. Wait until invited to move to a first-name basis before addressing your counterpart by their first name.
  • When addressing older people with whom you have a personal relationship, it is common to refer to them as “don” (for male) or “doña” (for females) followed by their first name.
  • Typical phrases that accompany greetings include, “Buenos días” (“Good morning”), “Buenas tardes” (Good afternoon”) and “Buenas noches” (“Good evening”).
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Chile
  • Population
    17,650,114
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Spanish (official) (99.5%)
    English (10.2%)
    Indigenous (1.0%)
    Other (2.3%)
    Unspecified (0.2%)
    [2012 est.]
    Note: Percentages add up to more than 100% because respondents were allowed to specify more than one language.
  • Religions
    Roman Catholic Christianity (66.7%)
    Evangelical or Protestant Christianity (16.4%)
    Jehovah's Witness (1.0%)
    Other (3.4%)
    None (11.5%)
    Unspecified (1.1%)
    [2012 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    White and Non-Indigenous (88.9%)
    Mapuche (9.1%)
    Aymara (0.7%)
    Other Indigenous Groups (1.0%)
    Unspecified (0.3%)
    [2012 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    63
    23
    28
    86
    31
    68
  • Australians with Chilean Ancestry
    34,233 [2016 census]
Chileans in Australia
  • Population
    26,086
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Chile.
  • Average Age
    48
  • Gender
    Female (52.1%)
    Male (47.9%)
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Christianity (63.5%)
    Christian [nfd] (4.8%)
    Other (14.1%)
    No religion (14.7%)
    Not stated (2.9%)
  • Ancestry
    Chilean (57.4%)
    Spanish (22.4%)
    South American [nfd] (3.7%)
    Other (14.1%)
    Not stated (2.4%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Spanish (83.7%)
    English (14.4%)
    Italian (0.5%)
    Other (0.8%)
    Not stated (0.6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 83.4% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (50.6%)
    Victoria (28.5%)
    Queensland (7.9%)
    Western Australia (6.1%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (84.7%)
    2001-2006 (4.2%)
    2007-2011 (8.1%)
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