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Valparaíso photomontage
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): The Jewel of the Pacific
Country Chile
Region Valparaíso
Province Valparaíso
Capital Valparaíso
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Jorge Castro
 • City 401.6 km2 (155.1 sq mi)
Population (2002)[1]
 • City 275,982
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
 • Urban 275,141
 • Rural 841
 • Male 135,217
 • Female 140,765
Time zone CLT (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 32

Valparaíso is a city in Chile, in the central coast del Litoral Central. It's also the capital of the province and region, and the legislative capital of the country. The city is part of the Greater Valparaíso conurbation.

The Chilean House of Representatives, the Command in Chief of the Chilean Army, the Fishing Undersecretary, the Fishing National Service, amidst other organizations, are in this city. The historical part of the city was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in 2003.

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