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Town and Commune
Location of the Cholchol commune in the Araucanía Region
Location of the Cholchol commune in the Araucanía Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 38°36′S 72°50′W / 38.600°S 72.833°W / -38.600; -72.833Coordinates: 38°36′S 72°50′W / 38.600°S 72.833°W / -38.600; -72.833
Country Chile
Region Araucanía
Province Cautín
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Violeta Cea Villalobos
 • Total 427.9 km2 (165.2 sq mi)
Elevation 22 m (72 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 10,382
 • Density 24/km2 (63/sq mi)
 • Urban 3,355
 • Rural 6,710
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) (+56) 45
Website Municipality of Cholchol

Cholchol is a Chilean town and commune located in Cautín Province, Araucanía Region. The commune was created by Law 19,944 on April 22, 2004 by dividing off the northern area of the existing Nueva Imperial commune.[1]


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Cholchol spans an area of 4,257.9 km2 (1,644 sq mi) and has 10,065 inhabitants. Of these, 3,355 (33.3%) lived in urban areas and 6,710 (66.7%) in rural areas. The population grew by 9.3% (859 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, Cholchol is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a communal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Violeta Cea Villalobos (UDI). The communal council has the following members:[1]

  • Julio Torres López (UDI)
  • Silvia Francisca Huirilef Barra (PPD)
  • José Amador Matamala Molina (RN)
  • Juan Neculhual Tropa (PPD)
  • Israel Gutiérrez Narváez (DC)
  • Samuel Curamil Huircapán (UDI)

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Cholchol belongs to the 51st electoral district and 15th senatorial constituency.


  1. ^ a b c "Municipality of Cholchol" (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 

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