Living in Chile
Last updated on Mar 17, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Chile is 18.5 million people. The largest cities in Chile are Santiago (the capital), Valparaíso, Concepción, Viña del Mar, and Temuco. Expats love living in Chile for its stunning natural beauty, its vibrant culture, and its friendly people. Life in Chile is often described as relaxed and laid-back, with a strong emphasis on family and community. Popular foods in Chile include empanadas, pastel de choclo (a corn-based dish), cazuela (a stew), and curanto (a seafood dish). The cons of living in Chile include the high cost of living, the lack of job opportunities, and the language barrier. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,000 to $3,000 per month, depending on lifestyle and location.
What do I need to know about living in Chile?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Chile, they said:
"1. Expats should research the cost of living in Chile to ensure they can afford to retire there. 2. It is important to understand the Chilean healthcare system and the availability of medical services in the area they plan to retire. 3. Expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs to ensure a smooth transition. 4. It is important to understand the visa and residency requirements for expats in Chile. 5. Expats should research the climate and geography of the area they plan to retire in to ensure it meets their needs. 6. Expats should consider the availability of transportation and other amenities in the area they plan to retire. 7. Expats should research the local job market to ensure they can find employment if needed. 8. Expats should research the local banking system to ensure they can access their funds. 9. Expats should research the local tax laws to ensure they are compliant with all regulations. 10. Expats should consider the availability of recreational activities and other leisure activities in the area they plan to retire," remarked one expat who made the move to Chile.
"Santiago I would give them advice to be open minded, considerate of the local cultures, and respectful of local traditions. I have lived in three different countries around the world and no one can honestly say what it's like to live in any of those countries until they experience it for," explained one expat living in Santiago, Chile.
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About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
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