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Elqui Province

Provincia de Elqui
Official seal of Elqui Province
Seal
Location in the Coquimbo Region
Elqui, in red, in the Coquimbo Region
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Coordinates: Coordinates: 29°40′S 70°33′W / 29.667°S 70.550°W / -29.667; -70.550
Country  Chile
Region Coquimbo
Capital Coquimbo
Comunas Andacollo, Coquimbo, La Higuera, La Serena, Paihuano, Vicuña
Government
 • Type Provincial
Area
 • Total 16,895.1 km2 (6,523.2 sq mi)
Population
 (2002 Census)
 • Total 365,371
 • Density 21.62586/km2 (56.01071/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (CLST)
Area code(s) 56 + 51
Website Official website

Elqui Province (Spanish: Provincia de Elqui) is one of three provinces in the Chilean region of Coquimbo (IV). Its capital is the city of Coquimbo.

It is named after the main river of the province: the Elqui River river.

Geography

The Elqui province has an area of 16,895.1 km2 (6,523.2 sq mi), the largest province in the Coquimbo region.

Elqui is bordered on the north by the Atacama region (Huasco province), on the east by Argentina, on the south by the Limarí province and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

The main river of the province is the Elqui river that is 75 km (46.6 mi) long. In the valley of the river, fruits, including grapes, are grown.

Population

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 365,371 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 21.6 inhabitants/km², the province of the region with more people living in it.

The largest city of the province is La Serena with a population, in 2002, of 160,148 inhabitants.

Administration

As a province, Elqui is a second-level administrative division, consisting of six communes (comunas). The city of Coquimbo serves as the provincial capital. The province is administered by a governor.

Coquimbo Comunas
The Elqui province, in the top
Elqui province
Code Comuna Capital Area
(km²)
Population
(2002)
04101 8 La Serena La Serena 1,892.8 160,148
04102 6 Coquimbo Coquimbo 1,429.3 163,036
04103 5 Andacollo Andacollo 310.3 10,288
04104 7 La Higuera La Higuera 4,158.2 3,721
04105 9 Paihuano Paihuano 1,494.7 4,168
04106 10 Vicuña Vicuña 7,609.8 24,010
Total 16,895.1 365,371
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