Providencia, Chile

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Mapocho River in Providencia
Mapocho River in Providencia

Coat of arms
Map of Providencia commune within Greater Santiago
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 33°26′S 70°37′W / 33.433°S 70.617°W / -33.433; -70.617Coordinates: 33°26′S 70°37′W / 33.433°S 70.617°W / -33.433; -70.617
RegionSantiago Metro.
Seat25 February 1897
 • TypeMunicipality
 • AlcaldesaEvelyn Matthei Fornet (UDI)
 • Total14.4 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
 (2002 Census)[3]
 • Total120,874
 • Density8,400/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
 • Men53,082
 • Women67,792
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT[4])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST[5])
Postal Code
Area code56 +
WebsiteMunicipality of Providencia

Providencia (Spanish pronunciation: [pɾoβiˈðensja], Spanish: "providence") is a commune of Chile located in Santiago Province, Santiago Metropolitan Region. Part of Greater Santiago, it is bordered by the communes of Santiago to the west, Recoleta to the northwest, Las Condes and Vitacura to the northeast, La Reina to the east, and Ñuñoa to the south. It belongs to the Northeastern zone of Santiago de Chile. Providencia is home to a large upper middle to upper-class population and it holds the region's highest percentage of population over 60 (22%). It contains many high-rise apartment buildings as well as a significant portion of Santiago's commerce. It is notable for its large, old and elegant houses inhabited in the past by the Santiago elite and now mostly used as offices. The municipality is also home to many embassies, including those of Canada, Poland, Hungary, Italy, France, Egypt, Russia, Japan, China, and Uruguay.


Aviation Fountain, Providencia Square

According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Providencia spans an area of 14.4 km2 (6 sq mi) and has 120,874 inhabitants (53,082 men and 67,792 women), and the commune is an entirely urban area. The population grew by 8.7% (9,692 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]


Notable residents[edit]


As a commune, Providencia 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 2021-2024 alcaldesa is Evelyn Matthei (UDI). The communal council has the following members:

Chile Vamos

  • Manuel José Monckeberg (RN)
  • Cristofer Brunetti Nuñez (RN)
  • Raphael Bergoeing Vela (Evópoli)
  • Carolina Plaza Guzmán (UDI)


  • Pablo Jaeger Cousiño (PDC)
  • Matías Bellolio Merino (REP)

Apruebo Dignidad

  • Tomás Echiburu Altamirano (RD)
  • Macarena Fernández Donoso (CS)
  • Luis Ibacache Silva (PC)

(Democratic socialism)

  • Josefa Errazuriz Guilisasti (Independent)

Providencia belongs to Electoral District No. 10, with Santiago, Ñuñoa, La Granja, Macul and San Joaquín, and to the 7th (Senatorial) District (Santiago Metropolitan Region). It is represented in the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress by the deputies Gonzalo Winter (CS), Jorge Alessandri Vergara (UDI), Johannes Kaiser (REP), María Luisa Cordero (IND), Lorena Fries (IND), Helia Molina (PPD), Alejandra Placencia (PC) and Emilia Schneider (COM).

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has its headquarters in Providencia.[9]

Areas of interest[edit]

Providencia includes Barrio Bellavista, a bohemian area populated with artists and performers. The latter lies in the shadow of Cerro San Cristóbal, a prominent hill in the city topped by a 22 m statue of The Virgin Mary. The north of Providencia is its financial and commercial district (centred on Providencia and Nueva Providencia (Ex 11 de Septiembre) avenues), while the remainder of it contains high-priced residential development.

Other notable areas of interest in Providencia include the Metropolitan Zoo, the Teleférico (an aerial gondola) that transports people from the foot of Pedro de Valdivia Norte Street to the top of San Cristóbal Hill), several television networks and Radio Cooperativa.


  1. ^ "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 19 April 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Municipality of Providencia" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 22 June 2005. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Sistema de Información Regional, Ministry of Planning of Chile. Archived 23 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Poverty in the Santiago Metropolitan Region" (PDF). Ministry of Planning of Chile (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 August 2007.
  8. ^ "Las Trayectorias del Desarrollo Humano en las Comunas de Chile (1994-2003) Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine." UNDP, Gobierno de Chile, Mideplán
  9. ^ "Portada Archived 16 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine." Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Retrieved on 12 April 2012. "Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil, DGAC : Miguel Claro 1314, Providencia, Santiago de Chile :: Clasificador 3, Correo 9"

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