As markets become more globalized and economies become more entwined, it's impossible to ignore the importance of investing in international stocks. Mutual funds, index funds, and exchange-traded funds have all combined to make your international choices simpler, quicker, and in many cases, more efficient.

But for many of you, investing in a passive index fund just isn't enough, because you're interested in country-specific stocks. You want to invest in companies on the ground -- not in a basket of companies in a mutual fund. Maybe you want direct exposure to Chinese agriculture, Spanish communications, or German banking -- and this is where you'll find it.

In a country-by-country rundown, we're taking a tour across the globe, finding out which foreign stocks are traded on major U.S. indexes. Hopefully it will get your engine going.

Today, we'll take a look at seven companies whose headquarters are in Chile.

Company

Industry

Market Cap (millions)

Recent Price

Banco de Chile (NYSE: BCH)

Regional bank

$8,560

$62.25

Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE: SAN)

Regional bank

$12,070

$66.57

Chemical & Mining Co. of Chile (NYSE: SQM)

Basic materials -- synthetics

$9,260

$35.10

Compania Cervecerias Unidas (NYSE: CCU)

Consumer goods -- beverages

$2,900

$45.45

Embotelladora Andina (NYSE: AKO-A)

Consumer goods -- beverages

$2,410

$19.05

LAN Airlines (NYSE: LFL)

Regional airlines

$6,590

$19.44

Vina Concha y Toro (NYSE: VCO)

Beverage wholesaler

$1,590

$42.70

Source: Yahoo! Finance.
*Does not include stocks with a market cap below $100 million.

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Jordan DiPietro doesn't own any of the shares above. Embotelladora Andina is a Motley Fool Global Gains selection. The Fool's disclosure policy is nomadic.