The rugged lands, cold climate, and sense of isolation all contribute to a strong sense of Chilean national identity.Chile, as a result, is a more European, and more homogenous, society than most other countries in the region.
Chilean society is a traditionally patriarchal one, and in many traditional families, women are still expected to do most of the cooking, cleaning, and child-rearing.
Even in the most traditional families, though, women still have an important role in household decisions.
Another thing that helps to maintain the sense national identity is the common language.
Spanish, or as it is referred to in Chile, is spoken by nearly all Chileans.
Like all of Chile’s culture, food is influenced by indigenous cultures, as well as European and Latin American foods.
With its extremely long coastline, Chile also has a large prominence of seafood in its cuisine.
Recently, women have been playing an increasingly important role in business and professions, as Chilean society moves toward a more modern and open view of gender roles.
Chileans value and enjoy their work, and commonly bring much energy and enthusiasm to job.
Often, a person’s background and ancestry are down-played.
Whether someone is of German, French, or indigenous descent, they consider themselves Chilean first.
Lunch is the largest and most important meal of the day, and is typically served around 1 or 2 pm.