The cost of living in Santiago de Chile

Is it expensive to live in Santiago de Chile? In a word: yes. OK, so prices aren’t anything like Switzerland, Angola or Japan, but salaries aren’t either. We love it here in Santiago de Chile. It’s great for small kids, the climate is fantastic and I adore the laid back vibe. But the quality of life doesn’t match other expat…
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Is this Latino Christmas tradition the most stupid ever?

Do you know about the most stupid Christmas tradition for kids? If you’re living in South America or Spain, I reckon you do. Let me enlighten you… Spanish O’Clock The first time I actually experienced it was in Spain. We were staying at a hotel with my Spanish in-laws and staff asked if our one year old would like to see…
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Moving to Santiago de Chile? Read these tips from an expat on …

Moving to Santiago de Chile? Meet Helen. She’s been living in Santiago since falling in love with a Chilean guy five years ago, and is now moving back to her home country, New Zealand. Here she reflects on the pros and cons of life in Chile and offers up a few tips to Expaters considering the move. What will you miss…
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Chile is wonderful and oh so weird. Top ten super weird cultural …

We’ve been in Chile seven months now and we love it. As a Brit I find Chile sunny, friendly, fun… and at times rather weird. Here’s a top ten of things I find funny, unusual or downright hilarious: When born, babies often have their heads shaved. I’ve asked why… some have told me it makes the hair grow back differently,…
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10 reasons why Santiago de Chile is a great place to live

I’ve been contacted by a few people looking to move to Santiago, Chile and asking about life here. Sure, not everything’s perfect, and we had a rough start to our move, but compared to anywhere else I’ve lived Chile has got to be the one of the best yet in terms of quality of life. Yes, there are things here…
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Is Santiago de Chile Safe?

Is Chile safe? Is Santiago safe? I’ve lived in Santiago for a few months now. Statistically it’s safe (ish). It’s a bit silly to quote statistics. What does it mean to be safe? Is violent crime recorded on the same level as petty theft? What about state level corruption? What about pockets of crime which bump up the stats, but…
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Is Chile a good place to live?

Is Chile a good place to live? Is Santiago a good place to live? I recently got a lovely email from a lady contemplating a move from London to Santiago, asking the above questions. I started replying to her in person, but then I figured the advice would be very useful to many others, so here goes… Healthcare. If you’re…
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Chile: First impressions

I’ve been in Santiago, Chile for a month now and thought to share my first impressions in a quick update. There are lots of skyscrapers, gigantic shiny glass buildings and more are on the way. Does the building work ever stop? British supermarket brands reign supreme. Waitrose, Tesco, Asda… they’re all here. And a Chilean version of Boots the chemist…
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