Chapecó

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Chapecó
Chapeco01.png
Flag of Chapecó
Flag
Official seal of Chapecó
Seal
Nickname(s): Capital do Oeste (Capital of the West)
Location of Chapecó
Location of Chapecó
Country Brazil Brazil
Region South
State Santa Catarina (state) Santa Catarina
Founded August 25, 1917
Government
 • Mayor José Caramori (PSD)
Area
 • Total 624,308 km2 (241,047 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 188,791
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)
HDI (2000) 0.834
Website www.chapeco.sc.gov.br

Chapecó is a major city in the western area of the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, located 630 km west of Florianópolis, the capital of the state.

As of 2008, it has a population of around 195,000 inhabitants. The city itself has an area of 625 km².

History[edit]

The city was founded by Italian immigrants on August 25, 1917. Most people are descendants of Italian, German and Polish immigrants.

Economy[edit]

Chapecó has a large agro-industrial complex and is home to one of the biggest meat processing plants in South America. Its industrial park is very diversified.

Other[edit]

The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chapecó. Chapecó is served by Serafin Enoss Bertaso Airport.

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Coordinates: 27°05′45″S 52°37′04″W / 27.09583°S 52.61778°W / -27.09583; -52.61778