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Bio-Bío Province is an inland province in the Biobío Region of southern Chilemarker, bounded on the north, west and south by the provinces of Concepción, Araucomarker and Malleco respectively, and on the east by Argentinamarker. It has an area of 14,987.9 km² of well-wooded and mountainous country, and exports timber to a large extent. The population is 353,315 according to the census of 2002.

The great trunk railway from Santiagomarker south to Puerto Monttmarker crosses the western part of the province and also connects it with the port of Concepciónmarker. The capital, Los Angelesmarker (est. pop.: 7,777 in 1902, 94,716 in 2002) lies 15½ mi (25 km) east of this railway and is connected with it by a branch line.


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. Currently, the Province of Biobío is divided, into three departments:
Departamento Cabecera
La Laja Los Ángeles
Mulchén Mulchénmarker
Nacimiento Nacimientomarker

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


  1. Alto Biobío
  2. Antucomarker
  3. Cabrero
  4. Lajamarker
  5. Los Ángelesmarker
  6. Mulchénmarker
  7. Nacimientomarker
  8. Negretemarker
  9. Quilaco
  10. Quilleco
  11. San Rosendomarker
  12. Santa Bárbaramarker
  13. Tucapel
  14. Yumbelmarker


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