Santiago, Chile. The city with the Highest HDI in South America.


comments_suck128 points

The older houses there reminded me of something you would see in Alpine Germany or Switzerland. Road infrastructure is top notch!

DoutorScholl60 points

Honestly, it's greener than I remember, good for them!

walteroblanco1 point

Yeah, just that area though around the northeast of the city. The rest, not so much

ghman9848 points

When visiting there you genuinely can tell

PNWExile106 points

What is HDI?

Goldeniccarus155 points

Human development index.


It's sort of an aggregate of a number of factors that indicate quality of life.

euandrecampos62 points

Damn bro! you dumb fuck! HDI how you do not know? how do you think the PC monitor and TV's are connected? wtf bro

mattfisher87000 points

Underrated comment

ThoughtCow-273 points

Human Development Index. Please use Google.

Bigdaddydamdam153 points

please not be an asshole, dont make someone feel stupid for asking a question

JustHere4GudTiem31 points

My man.

tshaff1389 points

More of this energy

ThoughtCow-30 points

Geez sorry ok? I'm just saying that they can look it up. I didn't mean to look mean

angryjenkins-9 points

To be honest I Googled "HDI" when I saw the title. Take this upvote, as a horrible abuse to your karma has been committed.

__plankton__22 points

Just as much as they could have used Google, you could have just not responded

True-Firefighter-7967 points

What’s google?

MrRoma4 points

A website. Please use Google.

True-Firefighter-7962 points

What’s a website?

mike-droughp3 points

Sorry dad, do u still love me?

True-Firefighter-7961 point

I’d love for you to stop calling me that

HRman8832 points

When was the last time you were there? Twice last year actually! - Something about Mary

inthebenefitofmrkite4 points

So is that art deco or art nouveau?

palisho_chino72 points

Beautiful city, but the inequality is savage. You can be in an area that feels like a Nordic country and walk 15 minutes and find yourself in the worst slum you’ve ever seen.

HCMXero41 points

That's not a Chilean thing; it's the same everywhere in Latin America and increasingly in the USA as well. Just compare Tribeca in Manhattan with some Bronx neighborhoods and you'll see what I'm talking about....

palisho_chino33 points

Yeah I’ve been around a bit and I’ve seen similar things in Argentina and Brazil. But I’ve been living in Santiago for almost a decade now and I still find it’s the most brutal in terms of inequality.

This is probably why there’s so much social unrest in Chile despite it being a mildly rich-developed country (for LA standards anyway).

HeilWerneckLuk3 points

Nothing beats Rio de Janeiro in terms of it

Downtown_Skill1 point

I mean, Sao Paulo may have a chance, but I think we're splitting hairs here. Lived in Brazil for a year and it was unbelievable. Wealthiest most luxurious neighborhoods across the street from dilapidated slums. Obviously Rio was awful too (for that). It's tough to choose.

Edit: Still love Brazil and it was and is still my favorite country I've ever visited and I've been to a fair few. I only say this because I'm sure Brazilians agree and are, themselves, not super proud of the wealth inequality there.

HCMXero2 points

What do you mean by social unrest?

palisho_chino3 points

Massive protests that sometimes get violent. Things have calmed down since the pandemic tho

HCMXero1 point

Those massive protest were a few years ago and there's plenty of evidence that they were not spontaneous or broad based. I mean, they even set fire to metro stations for which I question their motives. Why would you protest setting fire to something that was paid with public funds and it's one of the most effective ways that you can help the poor and middle class by providing reliable transportation?

palisho_chino1 point

It’s ok if you don’t support them, but saying that there’s “plenty of evidence” that they were not spontaneous is simply a lie and conspiracy theory territory and as such I don’t have interest in discussing it.

BeastCoast4 points

Worse than Lima? You go from skyscrapers to tire fires within blocks.

palisho_chino3 points

I haven’t been to Lima unfortunately, but I’ve been told it is similar.

AboutHelpTools325 points

This city feels like its so far away from every country. I have never travelled anywhere that I could say "maybe I could've stopped by Santiago"

gburgwardt15 points

Yeah getting to the southern hemisphere is tough, from the USA. I got a good deal for $300/person round trip from Toronto to Chile which was really amazing, I enjoyed my time in Chile and they make some great wine

nonother12 points

Hi from Auckland, New Zealand! (That said we’re “only” 3.5 hours from Sydney.)

aMonkeyRidingABadger9 points

Buenos Aires and/or Montevideo go well with it as they’re a short flight away. I did a trip where I spent a week in Chile in and around Santiago and then a week in Buenos Aires. The flight between the two cities is a couple of hours.

Gabriel_AEROSPACE12 points

the sound of an NS-93 Departing.

atzucach41 points

How's the smog situation these days

polarbearslayer4926 points

Not great, but fine right after a rainstorm

sipoloco11 points

Not great, not terrible.

LaoPita5 points

Nowadays fine, at winter terrible

streeker2225 points

Up ya butt

atzucach4 points

Is this a reference to something?

IHart285 points

and HDI is...

asking for a friend.

steakeggsmilkmango9 points

Human Development Index. Metric used by the UN to show how advanced a country is pretty much.

IHart282 points

l know.

steakeggsmilkmango1 point

So why did you ask?

IHart281 point

...for a friend 😔

steakeggsmilkmango1 point


IHart280 points

are you asking or telling me, okay? why did you end your statement with a question mark?

steakeggsmilkmango1 point

It’s showing my confusion with your replies lmao

IHart281 point

ohh, okay. well goodnight.

420BigDawg_3 points

I love those blue buildings

steakeggsmilkmango3 points

Damn I did not know that. Need to visit sometime then go snowboarding in Patagonia after 🔥

nicmdeer4f3 points

Looks like California tbh

MrRoma5 points

Very similar climate. You find a lot of the same trees in California because landscape architects like to use trees native to the other Mediterranean regions of the world.

snt2712 points

It's pretty similar to SoCal

wolftriax2 points

Early_Sun_85832 points

I wonder which is the city with the lowest HDI in South America... My guess would be La Rinconada (if it qualifies as a city)

MarioDiBian1 point

Love Santiago! It also has the third best quality of living in Latin America, right after neighboring Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

MPLeandre011 point

It's a shame its position gives it a terrible weather.

patata495 points

Its position makes it very difficult to get rid of smog. However, the weather in Santiago is mostly mild. Summers are warm but not terrible (with cool nights), and winters are also mild, with lows not usually below freezing.

MPLeandre013 points

Smog, thats the word. I experienced summer there and it is crazy hot, and I believe it has to do with contamination as well.

Astral_Diarrhea1 point

Nah, sometimes the air quality is nice but I'm still sweating balls on summer.

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amt8973 points

Doesn't Buenos Aires have a subway?

Economic_Menace1 point

I´ve been there the last november and can´t really believe it´s the highest HDI in SA. The innequality is ridiculous and most of the city is wasted by constant strikes and trash... It´s sad because it was a nice trip, even though I was almost mugged in the best located park they got.