Chile Abbreviations

CL is the abbreviation for Chile, the 37th largest country in the world. Officially the Republic of Chile, Chile is a country located in South America, bordering 3 countries – Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. Santiago is the capital city of Chile. Major cities include Santiago (population: 4,837,283), Puente Alto (population: 510,406), Antofagasta (population: 309,821), Viña del Mar (population: 294,540), Valparaíso (population: 282,437), Talcahuano (population: 252,957), San Bernardo (population: 249,847), Temuco (population: 238,118), Iquique (population: 227,488), and Concepción (population: 215,402).

Country Profile

  • Capital: Santiago
  • Language: Spanish
  • Area: 756,096 km2
  • Population: 17,574,014
  • Currency: Peso (CLP)
  • Time zone: UTC−3 and UTC−5
  • Calling code: 56
  • ISO 2-Letter Abbreviation: CL
  • UN 3-Letter Abbreviation: CHL
  • Internet TLD: .cl
  • State Government Website:

Map of Chile

List of Chile Acronyms

The most commonly used abbreviations about Chile are CL which stands for Chile and CLP which means Peso (Chile currency). In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Chile, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.

CL: Chile

Acronym Meaning
AAOC Agrupacion de Agricultura Organica de Chile
DLU Air Comet Chile
APC Alianza por Chile
ANF Antofagasta, Chile – Cerro Moreno
ALPHABET Argentina, Brazil, Chile
ABC Argentina, Brazil, Chile
ABCP Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay
ARI Arica, Chile – Chacalluta
ALCOHOL Armada De Chile
ACH Armada de Chile
ACHS Asociacion Chilena de Seguridad
ACFI Asociacion Chileno Francesa de Profesionales
ARCHI Asociacion de Radiodifusoras de Chile
BSC Banco Santander Chile
BLZ Blantyre, Malawi – Chileka
CI Chile
CL Chile
CHI Chile
CHL Chile
CFTA Chile Free Trade Agreement
CHIP Chile Information Project
CPI Chile Pepper Institute
COPAS Chilean Center for Ocean Research
CCHR Chilean Commission for Human Rights
CFFA Chilean Fresh Fruit Association
CLP Chilean Peso
CHRC Chilean Red Cross
CHW ChileHardware
CBC Colegio de Bibliotecarios de Chile
CI Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile
CPC Colegio de Psicólogos de Chile
CMC Colegio Médico de Chile
COPEC Compania de Petroleos de Chile
CTC Compañía de Telecomunicaciones de Chile
CCP Concepcion, Chile – Carriel Sur
GXQ Coyhaique, Chile – Teniente Vidal
SCDES Departamento del Pequeño Derecho de Autor (Copyright Association; Chile
SCD Departamento del Pequeño Derecho de Autor (Copyright Association; Chile
DMC Direccion Meteorologica de Chile
DWC Diseño Web Chile
IPC Easter Island, Chile – Mataveri
ESR El Salvador, Chile
EWFCC Elijah Wood Fans Club Chile
FACH Fuerza Aerea de Chile
GCF Green Chile Festival
ICMER Instituto Chileno de Medicina Reproductiva
ICH Instituto Chileno del Cemento y del Hormigón
SCCC International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society
IQQ Iquique, Chile – Chucumata
JCPP Japan-Chile Partnership Programme
JCCS Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society
LSC La Serena, Chile – La Florida
LCFA Liga Chilena Football Americano
LSQ Los Angeles, Chile – Maria Dolores
LSL Los Chiles, Costa Rica
PUC Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
PMC Puerto Montt, Chile – Tepual
PUQ Punta Arenas, Chile – Presidente Ibanez
SCL Santiago, Chile – Aeropuerto Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez
AGO Santiago, Chile STDN Station
SCCC Sociedad Chilena de Ciencia de la Computación
SCU Sociedad Chilena de Urologia
SBCH Sociedad de Biología de Chile
SPEECH Sociedad de Periodoncia de Chile
SPCH Sociedad de Periodoncia de Chile
TVN Television Nacional de Chile
ZCO Temuco, Chile – Manquehue
UCH Universidad de Chile
UCV Universidad de Chile – Valparaiso
ZAL Valdivia, Chile – Pichoy


Chile is an elongated and narrow country in South America bordering the Pacific in the west, the Andes and Argentina in the east and Bolivia and Peru in the north. Chile is over 4200 kilometers long and has great climatic variations. To the north lies the driest area in the world – the Atacama Desert. The climate in the south of the country is cool and rainy, and the nature is similar to that found in the Scandinavian countries with spruce forests, fjords, lakes and the archipelago coast. The climate in the country is also influenced by the Humboldt stream, which makes the inland warmer than the coastal areas, and brings with it cold night fog to the steppe lands and deserts in the north.

Since the beginning of the 2000s, Chile has had great success in salmon farming. Unfortunately, the industry has had a negative impact on the environment. Emissions of chemicals and nutrients from the plants have become a major problem for seabed fauna and water quality.


With the Andes as the barricade, nature itself made sure to isolate indigenous peoples in Chile from the rest of the world for a long time. In 1540, Spaniards arrived and the country was subjugated to the Viceroy of Peru. The Spanish encountered resistance from the original inhabitants, but only in 1818 did Chile formally become independent from Spain. Independence was the beginning of a long democratic era that lasted until 1973 with the exception of two periods of anarchy in the 1830s and 1930s.

Salvador Allende, who started several economic and social reforms, sat with power from 1970 until a coup in 1973. The coup was led by General Augusto Pinochet, who, after 17 years of dictatorship and oppression of the people, was forced to hold democratic elections in 1989 The center-left coalition, which was in opposition to Pinochet, won the election and held power until 2010. During this period, there were several coalition presidents, including Michelle Bachelet (Chile’s first female president). When Sebastian Piñera’s right-wing government took power in 2010, he broke the center-left coalition’s 20-year reign. There were student demonstrations and discussions about changing the constitution made by Pinochet in 1980. In 2014, Bachelet returned to power. Bachelet’s second government reformed the education and tax system, but failed to create a new constitution.

Society and politics

Chile is a democratic republic with 15 regions and 346 municipalities. The President, mayors and Congress are elected every four years and cannot be re-elected. The president is the head of state and government and has the right to kick the country’s military leaders. The president elects the government ministers in his government, and legislative power is added to a national congress. Politics is dominated by two major party alliances; Center-Left Alliance Concertación and Center-Right Alliance Chile.

Investigations are still ongoing of people who violated human rights during the military dictatorship. Today, the country is criticized by several human rights organizations for its treatment of the indigenous people of the Mapuche people.

Economics and Commerce

Chile’s economy is among the most stable and competitive in Latin America. Ever since the colonial era, Chile’s economy has largely relied on exports of agricultural and mining commodities. Copper is the most important export commodity, and Chile has been the world’s leading copper producer since the 1980s. In recent years, however, other commodities have taken over parts of the copper’s role and commodities such as fruit, wine, wood and fish are now important export goods. China, the United States, the EU, Peru, Argentina and Brazil are the country’s most important trading partners.

The former military regime led to Chile receiving a relatively large foreign debt. Debt fell sharply in line with the country’s economic growth during the 1990s and 2000s. The well-kept economy and financial sector reforms led Chile to be approved as a member of the OECD Economic Cooperation Organization in 2010, as the first of the South American countries. Despite a good economy, unemployment in the country is high, which can be explained, among other things, by the fact that the expansion of the mining sector did not create more jobs when it was also invested in advanced technological instruments.

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