An Overview of Santiago

Santiago, also known as Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile, and the center of its largest conurbation (Greater Santiago). It is located in the country’s central valley at an elevation of 520 m (1,706.04 ft) above mean sea level.

Chile’s steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into one of Latin America’s most modern metropolitan areas, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and impressive high-rise architecture. Santiago is the industrial and financial center of Chile, and generates 45% of the country’s GDP. In February 2011, Gran Costanera Tower, part of the Costanera Center project, reached the 226 meters mark, officially becoming the tallest structure in Latin America The strong economy and low government debt is attracting migrants from Europe and the United States (source).

Santiago is Chile’s major industrial and agricultural region. The bulk of Chile’s industrial and commercial activity is concentrated in the national and regional capital of Santiago, but there are important farm-supply, marketing, and processing activities in other areas. Dairying and beef production are significant; the main crops are grains, grapes, potatoes, and beans. Copper, gypsum, and limestone are mined. Marketing is facilitated by the proximity of urban centers, by main-line railroad communications, and by the best-developed regional road system in Chile.

Religion in Chile

Citizens of Chile most commonly identify themselves as Roman Catholics with an estimated 70% of Chileans belonging to that religion. According to census data, other declared denominations or groupings include: Protestant or Evangelical (15.1%), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (0.9%), Jehovah’s Witnesses (1%), Jewish (0.1%), Atheist or Agnostic (8.3%), and other (4.4%). 0.2% are either Baha’i or Muslim.

Jason and Lori Holt are church-planting missionaries from Vision to the city of Santiago, Chile. Would you pray that God would send more laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?

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