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Chile has developed considerably over the past 50 years Birth rates have halved and death rates have reduced from 14 per 1000 to 6 out of every thousand people in 1997 Infant Mortality has plummeted form 126 to13 deaths out of every 1000 live births under I year old Life expectancy for males has increased by 20 years from 52 to 72 years old and for females it has increased by 22 years from 56 to 78 years old The population has become urbanised and the total percentage of people living in cities has increased from 59 in 1950 to 85 in the year 2000 All of the above statistics show the trends of an emerging nation Foreign Trade Chiles economy is highly dependent on international trade In 1998 exports fell to 148 billion US from 170 billion US in 1997 imports also slid to 178 billion US in 1998 from 189 billion US in 1997 At this point in time exports accounted for about 20 of GDP Chile has traditionally been dependent upon copper exports and the state-owned CODELCO is the worlds largest copper producing company Foreign and private investment has developed many new mines and the private sector now produces more copper than CODELCO Copper output increased in 1998 as the world prices dropped Other areas of exports have grown faster than the areas of copper and other minerals have grown In 1975 non-mineral exports made up just over 30 of total exports today now they now account for around 42 1999 figures The most important non-mineral exports are forestry and wood products fresh fruit and processed food fishmeal and seafood and other manufactured products Chiles export market is fairly balanced between Europe Asia Latin America and North America The US is Chiles largest export market and accounts for almost one fifth of Chiles exports Latin Americas export market has been rapidly growing in the last
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