Chile: Values                                                         

Below are some generalizations that apply to many Chileans:

  • Family oriented

  • Time is flexible (being on-time is not expected)

  • Group harmony (going along with the group is important)

  • Talkative

  • Joie de vivre (generally positive and happy)

  • Spiritual (especially follow Christian faiths)

  • Superstitious

  • Patriotic

  • Gregarious and outgoing

  • Admire the US

  • Relaxed (don't take life too seriously)

  • Class conscious

  • Feel connected to their European roots

  • Express emotion easily and publicly

  • Personal space = minimal (lots of touching, hugging, and kissing!)

How some Chileans view US Americans:

  • Are obsessed with time and deadlines

  • Think they know everything and are always right

  • Live to work

  • Have too little respect for people's feelings and for relationships

  • Are only really interested in money

  • Are perfectionists

  • Have too little appreciation for elegance and finesse

  • Are very modern, innovative, and advanced

  • Are overly critical

  • Are naive

  • Are rich

  • Are friendly

  • Are happy

  • Don't value family

  • Behave less morally than Chileans