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Provinces of Chile

A province is the second largest administrative division in Chile with 56 in total. The largest administrative division in Chile is that of a region with 16 in total.

Provinces of Chile
Provincias de Chile (Spanish)
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CategoryUnitary unit
LocationRepublic of Chile
Number56
Populations1,792 (Antártica Chilena) – 4,997,637 (Santiago Province)
Areas164 km2 (63.2 sq mi) (Easter Island) - 1,265,854 km2 (488,748.8 sq mi) (Antártica Chilena)
GovernmentProvincial government, National government
SubdivisionsCommunes

Each provincial government (gobernación provincial) is headed by a governor (gobernador) appointed by the president. The governor exercises their powers in accordance with instructions from the regional intendant (intendente). The governor is advised by the Provincial Economic and Social Council (Consejo Económico y Social Provincial or CESPRO). The only exception is the Santiago Province, which makes no provision for provincial government in its regulations; the position corresponds to the intendant of the Santiago Metropolitan Region. In January 2001, the Provincial Delegation of Santiago was created with the position of a Provincial Delegate, who exercises the functions of a provincial governor on behalf of the respective intendant.

The country's provinces are further divided into 346 communes which are administered by an alcalde and municipal council.

Until the 1980's a province was the main administrative division in Chile, with 25 provinces: Tarapacá, Antofagasta, Atacama, Coquimbo, Aconcagua, Valparaíso, Santiago, O'Higgins, Colchagua, Curicó, Talca, Maule, Linares, Ñuble, Concepción, Arauco, Biobío, Malleco, Cautín, Valdivia, Osorno (since 1940), Llanquihue, Chiloé, Aisén (since 1929), Magallanes (since 1929)

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List of provincesEdit

The following table gives each province, its capital, surface area and 2002 population according to the National Statistics Institute.

Region Province Capital No. of
Communes
Area[1][2] 2002[1][2]
Population
Arica and Parinacota Arica Arica 2 8,726.4 186,488
Arica and Parinacota Parinacota Putre 2 8,146.9 3,156
Tarapacá Iquique Iquique 2 2,835.3 216,419
Tarapacá Tamarugal Pozo Almonte 5 39,390.5 22,531
Antofagasta Antofagasta Antofagasta 4 67,793.5 318,779
Antofagasta El Loa Calama 3 41,999.6 143,689
Antofagasta Tocopilla Tocopilla 2 16,236 31,516
Atacama Copiapó Copiapó 3 32,538.5 155,713
Atacama Huasco Vallenar 3 18,201.5 66,491
Atacama Chañaral Chañaral 2 24,436.2 32,132
Coquimbo Elqui La Serena 6 16,894.8 365,371
Coquimbo Limarí Ovalle 5 13,553.2 156,158
Coquimbo Choapa Illapel 4 10,131.6 81,681
Valparaíso Isla de Pascua Hanga Roa 1 163.6 3,791
Valparaíso Los Andes Los Andes 4 3,217.7 95,474
Valparaíso Marga Marga Quilpué 3 927.2 263,420
Valparaíso Petorca La Ligua 6 4,736.4 71,243
Valparaíso Quillota Quillota 6 1,344.9 190,022
Valparaíso San Antonio San Antonio 6 1,611.6 136,594
Valparaíso San Felipe de Aconcagua San Felipe 6 2,659.2 131,911
Valparaíso Valparaíso Valparaíso 6 1,999.1 651,188
O'Higgins Cachapoal Rancagua 17 7,384.2 542,901
O'Higgins Colchagua San Fernando 10 5,678 196,566
O'Higgins Cardenal Caro Pichilemu 6 3,324.7 41,160
Maule Talca Talca 10 9,937.8 352,966
Maule Linares Linares 8 10,041.2 253,990
Maule Curicó Curicó 9 7,280.9 244,053
Maule Cauquenes Cauquenes 3 3027.2 57,088
Ñuble Diguillín Bulnes 9 5,229.3 319,809
Ñuble Punilla San Carlos 5 5,202.5 98,596
Ñuble Itata Quirihue 7 2,177.11 53,832
Biobío Concepción Concepción 12 3,439.3 912,889
Biobío Biobío Los Ángeles 14 14,987.9 353,315
Biobío Arauco Lebu 7 5,457.2 157,255
Araucanía Cautin Temuco 21 18,409 667,920
Araucanía Malleco Angol 11 13,433.3 201,615
Los Ríos Valdivia Valdivia 8 10,197.2 259,243
Los Ríos Ranco La Unión 4 8,232.3 97,153
Los Lagos Llanquihue Puerto Montt 9 14,876.4 321,493
Los Lagos Osorno Osorno 7 9,223.7 221,509
Los Lagos Chiloe Castro 10 7,165.5 142,194
Los Lagos Palena Futaleufú 4 15,301.9 18,971
Aysén Coihaique Coihaique 2 12,942.5 51,103
Aysén Aysén Puerto Aysén 3 46,588.8 29,631
Aysén General Carrera Chile Chico 2 11,919.5 6,921
Aysén Capitan Prat Cochrane 3 37,043.6 3,837
Magallanes Magallanes Punta Arenas 4 36,400.8 121,675
Magallanes Última Esperanza Puerto Natales 2 55,443.9 19,855
Magallanes Tierra del Fuego Porvenir 3 22,592.7 6,904
Magallanes Antártica Chilena Puerto Williams 2 1,265,853.7 2,392
Santiago Metropolitan Santiago Santiago 32 2,090.3 4,668,473
Santiago Metropolitan Cordillera Puente Alto 3 5,528.3 522,856
Santiago Metropolitan Maipo San Bernardo 4 1,120.5 378,444
Santiago Metropolitan Talagante Talagante 5 582.3 217,449
Santiago Metropolitan Melipilla Melipilla 5 4,076.7 141,165
Santiago Metropolitan Chacabuco Colina 3 2,076.1 132,798

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF). Retrieved 30 December 2010.

External linksEdit