Pray for: Chile

Flag for Chile

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Latin America
Capital: Santiago
Population: 19,658,839
% Urban: 87.8 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 19.5 %
Official Language: Spanish (but Mapudungun increasingly recognized)
Languages: 16
Literacy Rate: 99 %
Life Expectancy: 78.9 yrs (52/236)
HDI Ranking: 42 / 189
% Christian: 87.2 %
% Evangelical: 18.4 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 87.2 %
People Groups: 29
Least Reached People Groups: 3
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Chile

Tier: 1

Type: country

Chile’s elections in 2021 will hopefully begin a new chapter after widespread demonstrations in 2019. The protests were the result of resentment over decades of escalating inequality, rises in costs of living, increasing privatisation and corruption by the political and economic elite. The new president is the 2nd youngest national leader in the world. His left-wing coalition offers a different vision for Chile, with progressive policies that will encourage some and trouble others. But Chile needs to emerge from the long shadow of Pinochet, from the causes and effects of the 2019 demonstrations, and from the impact of Covid. Pray for wise governance and sustainable solutions that bring genuine progress for all.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.