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Town and Commune
Flag of Máfil
Coat of arms of Máfil
Coat of arms
Location of the Commune of Máfil
Location of the Commune of Máfil
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 39°39′S 72°57′W / 39.650°S 72.950°W / -39.650; -72.950Coordinates: 39°39′S 72°57′W / 39.650°S 72.950°W / -39.650; -72.950
Country Chile
Region Los Rios
Province Valdivia
Founded 17 July 1964
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Moira Henzi Becker
 • Total 582.7 km2 (225.0 sq mi)
Elevation 14 m (46 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 7,006
 • Density 12/km2 (31/sq mi)
 • Urban 3,796
 • Rural 3,417
 • Men 3,773
 • Women 3,440
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 63
Website Municipality of Máfil

Máfil (Mapudungun for embraced between rivers) is a town and commune of the Valdivia Province, Los Ríos Region in southern Chile, about 30 km northeast of Valdivia. The main economic aticivities of Máfil are forestry, cattle farming, cultivation and gold and coal mining the Madre de Dios and Mulpún areas.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Máfil spans an area of 582.7 km2 (225 sq mi) and has 7,213 inhabitants (3,773 men and 3,440 women). Of these, 3,796 (52.6%) lived in urban areas and 3,417 (47.4%) in rural areas. The population fell by 7% (547 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, Máfil 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 Moira Henzi Becker.[1]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Máfil is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mr. Alfonso De Urresti (PS) and Mr. Roberto Delmastro (RN) as part of the 53rd electoral district, (together with Valdivia, Lanco, Mariquina and Corral). The commune is represented in the Senate by Andrés Allamand Zavala (RN) and Eduardo Frei Ruiz -Tagle (PDC) as part of the 16th senatorial constituency (Los Ríos Region).


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Máfil" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 

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