Freire, Chile

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Town and Commune
Comuna de Freire.svg
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 38°57′21″S 72°37′32″W / 38.95583°S 72.62556°W / -38.95583; -72.62556Coordinates: 38°57′21″S 72°37′32″W / 38.95583°S 72.62556°W / -38.95583; -72.62556
Country Chile
Region Araucanía
Province Cautín
Founded 21 November 1895
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Luis Armando Arias Lopez
 • Total 935.2 km2 (361.1 sq mi)
Elevation 88 m (289 ft)
Population (2012 Census)
 • Total 21,890
 • Density 23/km2 (61/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Freirino
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 45
Website Municipality of Freire

Freire is a Chilean town and commune in Cautín Province, Araucanía Region. According to the 2002 census, the commune population was 25,514 and has an area of 935.2 km2 (361 sq mi).[2]

The town of Freire lies at the junction of Chile Highway 5 and the Route CH-199, which links Freire with Villarrica and Pucón.


According to the 2002 census of Population and Housing by the National Statistics Institute (Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas or INE) Freire had 25,514 inhabitants; of these, 7,629 (29.9%) lived in urban areas and 17,885 (70.1%) in rural areas. At that time, there were 13,143 men and 12,371 women. The population grew by 10.9% (2,517 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, Freire 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 2008-2012 alcalde is Luis Armando Arias Lopez, and the council has the following members:[1]

  • Luis García Friz
  • Luis Marchant Morales
  • Sebastian Daniel Rojas Rivera
  • Yanina Barría Rojas
  • Patricio Ríos González
  • José Oñate Orias

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Freire is represented in the Chamber of Deputies as a part of the 51st electoral district (together with Carahue, Nueva Imperial, Saavedra, Teodoro Schmidt, Pitrufquén, Cholchol). The commune is represented in the Senate as part of the 15th senatorial constituency (Araucanía-South).


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Freire" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2010. 

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