The indigenous population represents some 7 percent of the population.
There are about 500,000 Mapuche Indians in Chile, constituting the country's largest Native American population.
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Some 25 percent of Chileans are of European ancestry (mainly from Spanish, German, Italian, British, Croatian, and French origins, or combinations there of).
Chile also has a large Palestinian community (some 300,000 persons, the largest outside Palestine).
Chile is administratively divided in twelve regions (subdivided in thirty-one provinces) and a metropolitan region that includes the capital city. Chile has a population of 15,017,800 inhabitants (from a June 1999 estimate) with an annual growth rate of 1.8 percent.
The national population density is 46.5 persons per square mile.
Between the huge Andes Mountains (to the east) and the lower Coastal mountains (to the west) is the great Central Valley, which extends from Salamanca, north of Santiago, for over 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south to Puerto Montt.
The country has a total area of 292,260 square miles (756,950 square kilometers). Chile has a longitude of 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) making of it one of the longest countries in the world.Since the late nineteenth century, both the northern and southern regions have been mainly populated by people coming from the central region, helping to strengthen the country's cultural homogeneity.Notwithstanding the existence of a strong dominant national culture, some cultural regional traditions can be identified.In the northern provinces near Bolivia, Aymará Indians have been able to preserve many aspects of their Andean culture.In the southern region the Mapuche Indians are a large cultural group who strongly contributed to the formation of Chilean culture.In Eastern Island the two thousand native inhabitants speak their own language of Polynesian origin.