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Punta Arenas
City and Commune
Nighttime summer view of Punta Arenas. In the background the Strait of Magellan and the north coast of Tierra del Fuego (Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego)

Coat of arms
Map of the Punta Arenas commune in Magallanes Region
Map of the Punta Arenas commune in Magallanes Region
Coordinates (city): 53°10′S 70°56′W / 53.167°S 70.933°W / -53.167; -70.933Coordinates: 53°10′S 70°56′W / 53.167°S 70.933°W / -53.167; -70.933
Country Chile
Region Magallanes and Antarctica Chilena Region
Province Magallanes
Founded as Punta Arenas
Foundation 18 December 1848
Government[1] [2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Vladimiro Mimica Carcamo (Ind.)
 • Total 17,846.3 km2 (6,890.5 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)[3]
 • Total 119,496
 • Density 6.69584/km2 (17.34215/sq mi)
 • Urban 116,005
 • Rural 3,491
 • Men 60,616
 • Women 58,880
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 61

Punta Arenas (lit. Sandy Point) is the capital of Magallanes y Antártica Chilena Region and the largest city in the region. It has the 1% (about 124246 people) of the total population. It is located at comuna (municipality) of Magallanes, and geographically at Brunswich Peninsula (53° 10' S 70° 56'W).



  1. (Spanish) "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades". Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  2. (Spanish) "Municipality of Punta Arenas". Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 (Spanish) "National Statistics Institute". Retrieved 27 January 2010.

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