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Provinces of Chile
Provinces of Chile
Provincias de Chile (Spanish)
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CategoryUnitary unit
Location 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

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.

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 1980s, 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)

List of provinces

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

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

See also

References

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

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