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City and Commune
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Comuna de Quirihue.svg
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 36°17′S 72°32′W / 36.283°S 72.533°W / -36.283; -72.533Coordinates: 36°17′S 72°32′W / 36.283°S 72.533°W / -36.283; -72.533
Country Chile
Region Ñuble
Province Itata
Founded January 17, 1749
Founded as Villa San Antonio Abad of Quirihue
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Tomás Irribarra De La Torre (PRSD)
 • Total 589.0 km2 (227.4 sq mi)
Elevation 231 m (758 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 12,562
 • Density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
 • Urban 7,952
 • Rural 3,477
 • Men 5,852
 • Women 5,577
Time zone UTC−4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−3 (CLST)
Area code(s) country 56 + city 42
Website www.municipalidadquirihue.cl

Quirihue (Spanish pronunciation: [kiˈɾiwe]) is a Chilean city in Quirihue,Itata Province , Ñuble Region It is located about 72 kilometers northwest of Chillán, and 410 km northwest of santiago


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Quirihue spans an area of 589 km2 (227 sq mi) and has 11,429 inhabitants (5,852 men and 5,577 women). Of these, 7,952 (69.6%) lived in urban areas and 3,477 (30.4%) in rural areas. The population grew by 4.2% (458 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]

Mass Media[edit]

  • "Tv Quirihue Online" Channel


As a commune, Quirihue 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 Tomás Irribarra De La Torre (PRSD).[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Quirihue 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, Ninhue, 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 Quirihue" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010.

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