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Punta Arenas
Magallanes
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)
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 of Punta Arenas
Coat of arms
Map of the Punta Arenas commune in Magallanes Region
Map of the Punta Arenas commune in Magallanes Region
Country Chile
Region Magallanes and Antarctica Chilena Region
Province Magallanes
Founded as Punta Arenas
Foundation 18 December 1848
Area
 • Total 17,846.3 km2 (6,890.5 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)
 • Total 119,496
 • Density 6.69584/km2 (17.34215/sq mi)
 • Urban 116,005
 • Rural 3,491
Sex
 • Men 60,616
 • Women 58,880
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 61
Website Municipality of Punta Arenas

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).

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