Aysén, Chile

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Coat of arms of Aisén
Coat of arms
Location of the Commune of Aisén in Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region
Location of the Commune of Aisén in Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 45°24′S 72°42′W / 45.400°S 72.700°W / -45.400; -72.700Coordinates: 45°24′S 72°42′W / 45.400°S 72.700°W / -45.400; -72.700
Country Chile
Region Aisén
Province Aisén
Founded 1957
Government[1] [2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Marisol Martínez Sanchez (PS)
 • Total 29,970.4 km2 (11,571.6 sq mi)
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 22,421
 • Density 0.75/km2 (1.9/sq mi)
 • Urban 19,580
 • Rural 2,773
 • Men 11853
 • Women 10500
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 67
Website Official website (Spanish)

Aisén or Aysén (Pronounced: /ˈsɛn/ EYE-sen) is a Chilean commune located in Aysén Province, Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region. It is home to the city of Puerto Aisén and to the towns of Villa Mañiguales and Puerto Chacabuco.


According to the 2002 census of National Statistics Institute, Aisén had 22,353 inhabitants; of these, 19,580 (87.6%) lived in urban areas and 2,773 (12.4%) in rural areas. At that time, there were 11,853 men and 10,500 women. The population grew by 17.1% (3,263 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]


As a commune, Aisén is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Marisol Martínez Sanchez (PS).[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Aisén is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by René Alinco (PDC) and David Sandoval (UDI) as part of the 59th electoral district, which includes the entire Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region. The commune is represented in the Senate by Antonio Horvath Kiss (RN) and Patricio Walker Prieto (PDC) as part of the 18th senatorial constituency (Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region).


  1. ^ a b (Spanish) "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades". Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b (Spanish) "Municipality of Aisén". Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c (Spanish) "National Institute of Statistics". Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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