The southernmost settlements in the world

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Location of Punta Arenas, Ushuaia and Puerto Williams in the southern tip of South America.

"The southernmost in the world" is a slogan used to attract tourists, including those bound for Antarctica, to various southern cities. Currently, three cities or towns use this slogan. Though there are several settlements further south than the three, none are considered to be large enough to be classified as a city. The three contending cities are from north to south:

In 1998, major Argentinian newspaper Clarín published an article, according to which a joint Chilean-Argentinian commission (Comité de Frontera), with deputies from both countries, had declared Puerto Williams as the southernmost city.[15] This was later denied by Argentine Chamber of Deputies [16] and head of the commission.[17]

Southernmost cities according to different sources:

Locality Population Latitude/longitude Southernmost city according to
Puerto Williams, Chile 2,874[6] 54°56′S 67°37′W / 54.933°S 67.617°W / -54.933; -67.617 Diario Clarín, Argentina,

Turismo Paliaike,,
Subsecretaria de pesca,
Escritorio Estudiantes,
Direccion de Archivos , Bibliotecas y Museos,
Times Online

Ushuaia, Argentina 64,000 54°48′S 68°18′W / 54.800°S 68.300°W / -54.800; -68.300 Britannica Online,
New York Times (2004),
National Geographic
Punta Arenas, Chile 130,136 53°10′S 70°56′W / 53.167°S 70.933°W / -53.167; -70.933 CNN (2001),
BBC (2004),
New York Times (1987)


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