Llanquihue, Chile

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City and Commune
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Commune of Llanquihue in the Los Lagos Region
Commune of Llanquihue in the Los Lagos Region
Llanquihue is located in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 41°15′29″S 73°0′31″W / 41.25806°S 73.00861°W / -41.25806; -73.00861Coordinates: 41°15′29″S 73°0′31″W / 41.25806°S 73.00861°W / -41.25806; -73.00861
Country Chile
Region Los Lagos Region
Province Llanquihue Province
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Juan Vásquez Vásquez (Ind.)
 • Total 420.8 km2 (162.5 sq mi)
Elevation 55 m (180 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 16,249
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
 • Urban 12,728
 • Rural 3,609
 • Men 8,141
 • Women 8,196
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 65
Climate Cfb
Website Municipality of Llanquihue

Llanquihue (Spanish: [ʎaŋˈkiwe]) is a Chilean commune and city in Llanquihue Province, Los Lagos Region. The city lies on the western shore of Lake Llanquihue, where the Maullín River starts. It is located 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north of Puerto Varas and 19 kilometres (12 mi) south of Frutillar and is connected to both cities by Chile Highway 5.


On 19 June 1968, the government promulgated the law creating the Commune of Llanquihue. The National Congress approved the bill, which in its first article states: Commune Llanquihue Puerto Varas, Llanquihue Province, the capital is the town of Llanquihue.

According to the National Congress argued senator Julio von Mühlenbrock, the reasons why particular importance to start this community are based mainly on the need to develop tourism in the area.

A dialect of German is spoken by the people of this commune.[citation needed]


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Llanquihue spans an area of 420.8 km2 (162 sq mi) and has 16,337 inhabitants (8,141 men and 8,196 women). Of these, 12,728 (77.9%) lived in urban areas and 3,609 (22.1%) in rural areas. The population grew by 13.6% (1,951 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, Llanquihue 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 Juan Vazquez Vasquez (Ind.).[1]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Llanquihue is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Fidel Espinoza (PS) and Carlos Recondo (UDI) as part of the 56th electoral district, (together with Puyehue, Río Negro, Purranque, Puerto Octay, Fresia, Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Los Muermos). The commune is represented in the Senate by Camilo Escalona Medina (PS) and Carlos Kuschel Silva (RN) as part of the 17th senatorial constituency (Los Lagos Region).


Previously the area had a German school, Deutsche Schule Llanquihue.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Llanquihue" (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag 4. Wahlperiode Drucksache IV/3672" (Archive). Bundestag (West Germany). 23 June 1965. Retrieved on 12 March 2016. p. 22/51.

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