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Town and Commune
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Commune of Ninhue in the Biobío Region
Commune of Ninhue in the Biobío Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 36°23′37″S 72°23′51″W / 36.39361°S 72.39750°W / -36.39361; -72.39750Coordinates: 36°23′37″S 72°23′51″W / 36.39361°S 72.39750°W / -36.39361; -72.39750
Country Chile
Region Biobío
Province Ñuble
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Luis Molina Melo (PDC)
 • Total 401.2 km2 (154.9 sq mi)
Elevation 86 m (282 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 5,268
 • Density 13/km2 (34/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,433
 • Rural 4,305
 • Men 2,920
 • Women 2,818
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) country 56 + city 42
Website Comuna de Ninhue

Ninhue (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈnin-we]) is a Chilean commune and town in Ñuble Province, Biobío Region.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Ninhue spans an area of 401.2 km2 (155 sq mi) and has 5,738 inhabitants (2,920 men and 2,818 women). Of these, 1,433 (25%) lived in urban areas and 4,305 (75%) in rural areas. The population fell by 10.6% (679 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]


As a commune, Ninhue 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 Molina Melo (PDC).[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Ninhue is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Jorge Sabag (PDC) and Frank Sauerbaum (RN) as part of the 42nd electoral district, (together with San Fabián, Ñiquén, San Carlos, San Nicolás, Quirihue, Cobquecura, Treguaco, Portezuelo, Coelemu, Ránquil, Quillón, Bulnes, Cabrero and Yumbel). The commune is represented in the Senate by Alejandro Navarro Brain (MAS) and Hosain Sabag Castillo (PDC) as part of the 12th senatorial constituency (Biobío-Cordillera).


  1. ^ a b "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipality of Ninhue" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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