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city and Commune
Panorámica de la Ciudad de Curanilahue.jpg
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of the Curanilahue commune in the Biobío Region
Location of the Curanilahue commune in the Biobío Region
Curanilahue is located in Chile
Location in Chile
Nickname(s): Chue
Coordinates (city): 37°28′35″S 73°20′40″W / 37.47639°S 73.34444°W / -37.47639; -73.34444Coordinates: 37°28′35″S 73°20′40″W / 37.47639°S 73.34444°W / -37.47639; -73.34444
Country Chile
Region Biobío
Province Arauco
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Ahimalec Benítez Silva (PDC)
 • Total 994.3 km2 (383.9 sq mi)
Elevation 138 m (453 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 32,000
 • Urban 30,126
 • Rural 1,817
Demonym(s) Curanilahuino
 • Men 16,115
 • Women 15,828
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 41
Website Official website (in Spanish)

Curanilahue (Spanish pronunciation: [kuɾaniˈlawe]) is a Chilean commune and city in Arauco Province, Biobío Region.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Curanilahue spans an area of 994.3 km2 (384 sq mi) and has 31,943 inhabitants (16,115 men and 15,828 women). Of these, 30,126 (94.3%) lived in urban areas and 1,817 (5.7%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population fell by 5% (1,688 persons).[3]


As a commune, Curanilahue 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 2013-2016 alcalde is Luis Gengnagel .[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Curanilahue is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Manuel Monsalve (PS) and Iván Norambuena (UDI) as part of the 46th electoral district, (together with Lota, Lebu, Arauco, Los Álamos, Cañete, Contulmo and Tirúa). The commune is represented in the Senate by Victor Pérez Varela (UDI) and Mariano Ruiz -Esquide Jara (PDC) as part of the 13th senatorial constituency (Biobío-Coast).


  1. ^ a b "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipality of Curanilahue" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 September 2010. 

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