Chile (/ˈtʃɪli/ (About this soundlisten), /ˈtʃɪleɪ/; Spanish: [ˈtʃile]), officially the Republic of Chile (Spanish: About this soundRepública de Chile (help·info)), is a country in western South America. It occupies a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Chile covers an area of 756,096 square kilometres (291,930 sq mi) and has a population of 17.5 million as of 2017. The capital and largest city is Santiago and the national language is Spanish.
Santiago (/ˌsæntiˈɑːɡoʊ/, US also /ˌsɑːn-/; Spanish: [sanˈtjaɣo]), also known as Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile as well as one of the largest cities in the Americas. It is the center of Chile’s most densely populated region, the Santiago Metropolitan Region, whose total population is 7 million, of which more than 6 million live in the city’s continuous urban area. The city is entirely in the country’s central valley. Most of the city lies between 500–650 m (1,640–2,133 ft) above mean sea level.