Bío Bío Province

Bío Bío Province
Provincia del Bío Bío
Province
Official seal of Bío Bío Province
Seal
Location in the Bío Bío Region
Location in the Bío Bío Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Bío Bío Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 37°23′S 71°52′W / 37°23′S 71°52′W / -37.383; -71.867
Country Chile
Region Bío Bío
Capital Los Ángeles
Communes
Government
 • Type Provincial
 •  Governor Esteban Krause Salazar
Area [1]
 • Total 14,987.9 km2 (5,786.9 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census) [1]
 • Total 373,981
 • Density 25/km2 (65/sq mi)
 • Urban 245,775
 • Rural 107,540
Sex [1]
 • Men 176,960
 • Women 176,355
Time zone CLT [2] ( UTC-4)
 • Summer ( DST) CLST [3] ( UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 43
Website Government of Bío Bío

Bío Bío Province ( Spanish: Provincia de Bío Bío) is one of four provinces of the Chilean region of Bío Bío (VIII). Its capital is Los Ángeles (2002 pop. 94,716). It is bounded on the north, west and south by the provinces of Concepción, Arauco and Malleco, respectively, and on the east by Argentina. It has an area of 14,987.9 km2 (5,787 sq mi) of well-wooded and mountainous country, and exports timber to a large extent. [4] The population is 373,981 according to the census of 2012.

The great trunk railway from Santiago south to Puerto Montt crosses the western part of the province and also connects it with the port of Concepción. Los Ángeles lies 25 km (16 mi) east of this railway and is connected with it by a branch line. [4]

History

The Province of Bio-Bío was created on October 13, 1875, as part of the Province of Araucan. In 1887, President José Manuel Balmaceda set aside the Province of Malleco. The province was then named for the Bio-Bio River which flows through it. The Province of Bío Bío was divided, into three departments:

Department Capital
La Laja Los Ángeles
Mulchén Mulchén
Nacimiento Nacimiento

As part of the process of regionalization in the 1970s, the Region of Bío Bío was created. By Decree #1,213 of 27 of November 4, 1975, the VIII Region comprises the provinces of Bío Bío, Arauco, Concepción and Ñuble.

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