Río Negro Province

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Coordinates: 40°48′S 63°00′W / 40.8°S 63°W / -40.8; -63
Río Negro
Province
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Flag
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Coat of arms
Country Argentina
Divisions 13 departments
Coordinates 40°48′S 63°00′W / 40.8°S 63°W / -40.8; -63
Capital Viedma
Area 203,013 km² (78,384 sq mi)
Population 638,645 (2010)
Density 3.1 /km² (8 /sq mi)
Governor Alberto Weretilneck
 - Senators Maria Jose Bongiorno, Miguel Ángel Pichetto, Pablo Verani
Timezone ART (UTC−3)
ISO 3166-2 code AR-R
Demonym Rionegrino
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Website: http://www.rionegro.gov.ar

Río Negro is a province of Argentina. It is at the northern edge of Patagonia. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital is Viedma. Other important cities include the ski resort town of Bariloche, Cipolletti and General Roca.

Ferdinand Magellan was the first explorer to visit the coasts of the provinces in 1520.

The province makes almost 70% of the apples and pears of the country. Industrial fishing takes place in the Atlantic Ocean waters of the San Matías Gulf. Hake, squid, and shellfish are the most common capture.