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city in Flemish Brabant, Belgium

Leuven (Dutch: [ˈløːvə(n)]  ( listen)) or Louvain (French: Louvain, pronounced [luvɛ̃]; German: Löwen is a municipality in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant.

Leuven Town Hall
Leuven Town Hall
Flag of Leuven
Coat of arms of Leuven
Coat of arms
Leuven is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Leuven in Flemish Brabant
Coordinates: 50°53′N 04°42′E / 50.883°N 4.700°E / 50.883; 4.700Coordinates: 50°53′N 04°42′E / 50.883°N 4.700°E / 50.883; 4.700
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceFlemish Brabant
 • MayorLouis Tobback (sp.a)
 • Governing party/iesSP.A, CD&V
 • Total56.63 km2 (21.86 sq mi)
 (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total99,288
 • Density1,800/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
Postal codes
3000, 3001, 3010, 3012, 3018
Area codes016

In 2007, 91,942 people lived there.[2]

It is at 50° 52 North, 04° 42 East.[3]

Leuven hosts Belgium's biggest university - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven So, Leuven is very young populated city , and there were more than 45000 students in Leuven in 2012.

Leuven also has a long history. The town hall in the city centre dates from the Middle Ages.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns/sister citiesEdit

Leuven is twinned with:

Friendly relationsEdit

Aside from the aforementioned cities, Leuven has friendly relations with:


  1. Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. Werkelijke bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2007 / Population de droit par commune au 1 janvier 2007 (.xls)
  3. Geografische coördinaten van de gemeenten (.xls)
  4. "Kraków - Miasta Bliźniacze" [Kraków - Twin Cities]. Miejska Platforma Internetowa Magiczny Kraków (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. "Samenwerking tussen Leuven en New Delhi verankerd" (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 October 2017.