Greeks in Chile
|Notable people of Greek descent in Chile
Michele Bachelet · Francisco Varela · Leonor Varela
|Regions with significant populations|
|Antofagasta, Valparaiso, La Serena, Coquimbo, Santiago de Chile.|
|Related ethnic groups|
The first immigrants arrived during the sixteenth century from Crete, so named "Candia" in honor of the island's capital, the current Heraklion. The surname, although at present, is very disconnected from its ancient origins. The majority of Greek immigrants arrived in Chile at the beginning of century, some as part of their spirit of adventure and escape from the rigors of the World War and the catastrophe of Smyrna in Asia Minor, although many Greeks had already settled in Antofagasta, including crews of the ships commanded by Arturo Prat for the Pacific War (1879–1883) in naval battle of Iquique (boatswain Constantine Micalvi).
Amid this flood of foreigners who populated northern Chilean appeared the Greeks. There were numerous Collectivité Hellenic whose records were listed in two sources. One of these was the extensive collaboration that gave the Chilean press through its pages in the newspaper El Mercurio. The other end of the fire under the rubble of the first home that housed the proto-Hellenes of Chile.
In 1926 the first women's association for excellence, filóptoxos (friends of the poor) which was chaired by Xrisí Almallotis. Since then to date there have been about four or five generations of descendants of Greeks. Some have moved south and are grouped mainly in Santiago and Valparaíso. Others returned to the motherland after the first war but most of the immigrants stayed in their new country and founded numerous Greek-Chilean families. The main member of this community the employer is Constantino Kochifas, owner of the ships Skorpios in Puerto Montt.
Antofagasta is a community in Latin America established in 1890, notable for a town anniversary on the 14th of February, in which foreign communities present a stand. Many of the original families moved to Santiago and Valparaíso, however there are is still an estimated seventy current residents that were born in Greece.
- Michelle Bachelet (of part-Greek ancestry)
- Mónica de Calixto
- Alejandra Díaz
- Uranía Haltenhoff Nikiforos
- Carlos Costas
- Constantino Kochifas
- Miguel Littín Cucumides
- Demetrio Marinakis
- Diana Massis
- Patricio Mekis
- Federico Mekis
- Arístides Progulakis TV journalist
- Stavros Mosjos CNN journalist and radio host
- Francisco Varela
- Leonor Varela
- Alex Zisis
- Bilateral relations between Greece and Chile
- Embassy of Greece in Chile
- Main Greek association in Chile
- Greek association of Antofagasta
- Greek association of Coquimbo
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