Aysén Province

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Aisén Province
Provincia de Aisén
Province
Melinka
Melinka
Official seal of Aisén Province
Seal
Location in the Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region
Location in the Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Aisén Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 44°55′S 73°35′W / 44.917°S 73.583°W / -44.917; -73.583Coordinates: 44°55′S 73°35′W / 44.917°S 73.583°W / -44.917; -73.583
Country Chile
Region Aisén
Capital Puerto Aisén
Communes Puerto Aisén
Cisnes
Guaitecas
Government[1]
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Felisa Ojeda Vargas
Area[2]
 • Total 46,588.8 km2 (17,988.0 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 26,858
 • Density 0.58/km2 (1.5/sq mi)
 • Urban 16,180
 • Rural 13,451
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) country 56 + area 67
Website Government of Aisén

Aisén Province (Spanish: Provincia de Aisén Pronounced: /sɛn/ EYE-ssen) is one of four provinces of the Chilean region of Aisen (XI). Its capital is Puerto Aisén.

Demographics[edit]

The province had a 2002 population of 23,498 according to the census by the National Statistics Institute. Of these, 16,180 (68.9%) lived in urban areas and 13,451 (57.2%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population fell by 20.7% ( persons). The census also yielded a surface area of 46,588.8 km2 (17,988 sq mi), the largest in the region and fifth largest province in the country, though it is the tenth least populated in the country.[2]

Administration[edit]

As a province, Palena is a second-level administrative division, administered by a presidentially appointed governor. Felisa Ojeda Vargas was appointed by president Sebastián Piñera.[1]

Communes[edit]

The province comprises three communes, each governed by a municipality, headed by an alcalde: Aisén, Cisnes, and Guaitecas.

Commune Area (km2)[2] 2002[2]
Population
Density (km2) Website[1]
Guaitecas 787.0 1,539 2.0 link
Cisnes 15,831.4 5,739 0.4 link
Aisén 29,970.4 22,353 0.7 link

Origin of name[edit]

The name Aisén is from the English sailor expression for the icy "end of the world". Many of the region's people are of British and German descent, although the majority of inhabitants are Chileans of mestizo Spanish origins. The province was recently developed in the early 20th century by Chilean government officials to placed thousands of transplanted settlers from the Central Valley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (Spanish) "Asociacion Chilena de Municipalidades". Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e (Spanish) "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF). Retrieved March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 

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