Buin, Chile

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City and Commune
Estacion Buin Zoo.JPG
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map of Buin commune in the Santiago Metropolitan Region
Map of Buin commune in the Santiago Metropolitan Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 33°44′S 70°44′W / 33.733°S 70.733°W / -33.733; -70.733Coordinates: 33°44′S 70°44′W / 33.733°S 70.733°W / -33.733; -70.733
Country Chile
Region Santiago
Province Maipo
Founded 1844
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Ángel Bozán Ramos (IND)
 • Total 214.1 km2 (82.7 sq mi)
Elevation 483 m (1,585 ft)
Population (2002 Census)[2]
 • Total 63,419
 • Density 300/km2 (770/sq mi)
 • Urban 53,506
 • Rural 9,913
 • Men 31,440
 • Women 31,979
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 +
Website Municipality of Buin

Buin is a city and commune of Chile, in the Maipo Province, Metropolitan Region of Santiago, which forms part of Greater Santiago. It is a city conformed by the towns of Maipo, Viluco, Linderos, Valdivia de Paine, Alto Jahuel, Los Guindos and El Recurso. Buin is located about 35 km (22 mi) south of Santiago in the Maipo Valley wine region.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Buin spans an area of 214.1 km2 (83 sq mi) and has 63,419 inhabitants (31,440 men and 31,979 women). Of these, 53,506 (84.4%) lived in urban areas and 9,913 (15.6%) in rural areas. The population grew by 20.1% (10,627 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, Buin 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 2012-2016 alcalde is Ángel Bozán Ramos (IND).[1] The communal council has the following members:

  • Patricio Silva Gonzalez (PPD)
  • Hernán Henriquez Parrao (PRSD)
  • Miguel Araya Lobos (UDI)
  • Ramon Calderón Hormazábal (PDC)
  • Sandra Meneses Tapia (PPD)
  • Nicolás Romo Contreras (UDI)

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Buin is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Ramón Farías (PPD) and Mr. José Antonio Kast (UDI) as part of the 30th electoral district, (together with San Bernardo, Paine and Calera de Tango). The commune is represented in the Senate by Guido Girardi Lavín (PPD) and Jovino Novoa Vásquez (UDI) as part of the 7th senatorial constituency (Santiago-West).


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Buin" (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 

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