According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, the area code of Chile is +56, which was adopted in 1997 when the country switched to the ITU-T E.164 numbering system. The code is divided into two parts: ‘+’ and ‘56’. The ‘+’ indicates that the number is international and the ‘56’ identifies the country as Chile. In Chile, telephone numbers are usually nine digits long and are divided into three parts: a two-digit area code, a three-digit exchange code and a four-digit line number. Area codes indicate the geographic region of the phone number and are used to route incoming calls to their respective locations. Exchange codes identify specific local calling areas within each geographic region, while line numbers identify individual subscribers within each local calling area. Chile has made significant advances in telecommunication services over recent years, with mobile phone penetration rates increasing rapidly across both rural and urban areas of the country. This has been driven by increased investment in infrastructure improvements as well as technological advancements such as 4G networks being rolled out in major cities across Chile. As such, it is important for businesses operating within Chile to ensure they are using the correct area codes when making calls within the country as well as when communicating with other countries around the world. Chile is a democratic country with a multi-party political system. The President of Chile is the head of state and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The Chilean Congress is a bicameral legislature consisting of an elected Chamber of Deputies and an appointed Senate. The primary sources of law are the Constitution and laws passed by Congress, which are then issued through executive decrees signed by the President. Chile’s judiciary is independent from that of the executive and legislative branches, with a Supreme Court and judges appointed by the president on proposal from the Senate. Political parties in Chile range from conservative to center-left, with a wide variety of ideologies represented in Congress. The main parties currently represented in Congress include Christian Democratic Union, Revolutionary Left Movement, Social Democratic Radical Party, National Renewal, and Independent Democratic Union. PROEXCHANGERATES: Features public policy of Chile.