Pray for: Chile

Flag for Chile

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Latin America
Capital: Santiago
Population: 19,212,362
% Urban: 87.8 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 19.5 %
Official Language: Spanish (but Mapudungun increasingly recognized)
Languages: 16
Literacy Rate: 99 %
HDI Ranking: 43 / 189
% Christian: 87.2 %
% Evangelical: 18.4 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 87.2 %
People Groups: 28
Least Reached People Groups: 3
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Chile

Tier: 1

Type: country

The 2019 demonstrations in Chile were the result of simmering resentment over decades of escalating inequality, rises in costs of living, increasing privatisation and corruption. Politicians enrich themselves and their business cronies while most Chileans increasingly struggle to make ends meet. The president (a billionaire) and the government struggle to revive the economy. It was the worst civil unrest since the repressive era under Pinochet (1973-1988). Chile’s reputation as a stable and prosperous Latin American nation has been deeply damaged, and the impact of Covid in 2020-2021 made the situation even worse. Pray for an end to the unrest and for sustainable solutions that bring economic 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.