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Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve (Walloon Brabant)
State : BelgiumBelgium Belgium
Region : Wallonia
Province : Walloon Brabant
District : Nivelles
Coordinates : 50 ° 40 ′  N , 4 ° 34 ′  E Coordinates: 50 ° 40 ′  N , 4 ° 34 ′  E
Area : 32.96 km²
Residents: 31,443 (Jan. 1, 2019)
Population density: 954 inhabitants per km²
Post Code: 1340 (Ottignies)
1341 (Céroux-Mousty)
1342 (Limelette)
1348 (Louvain-la-Neuve)
Prefix: 010
Mayor: Julie Chantry ( Ecolo )

Local government address :
Administration communale
Avenue des combattants, 35
1340 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve
Ottignies Town Hall

Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve ( Walloon Ocgniye-Li Noû Lovén ) is a university town in the French-speaking province of Walloon Brabant in Belgium .


The city consists of four districts : Ottignies , Limelette , Céroux-Mousty and Louvain-la-Neuve . Limelette and Céroux-Mousty were independent until 1977 and were incorporated as part of a territorial reform that reduced the number of Belgian municipalities from 2,359 to 596.

Louvain-la-Neuve was in the early 1970s to have been largely undeveloped area of the former town Ottignies for the Université catholique de Louvain built (UCL) after following the Flemish-Walloon conflict that split in the Catholic University of Leuven in the Dutch-speaking Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in Leuven (ndl. Leuven , French Louvain ) and the French-speaking UCL had become legally binding.

Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve is located in the center of the Walloon Brabant province, around 10 kilometers southwest of its capital, Wavre . The urban area is drained by the Dyle and some tributaries. The city has an expressway connection to the provincial capital Wavre. There are also rail connections to Brussels , Namur , Wavre- Löwen and Charleroi . A connection to the RER Brussels is planned .

The Benedictine monastery of Saint-André de Clerlande has existed outside the city since 1970 .


Municipal council

The local council ( Conseil Communal ) has 29 members, from which the college is formed with the mayor and six aldermen ( Echevins ).


The mayor, Jean-Luc Roland, one of the founders of the Ecolo party , is one of the first green mayors in Belgium. He has been in office since 2001. In the local elections on October 8, 2006, he was confirmed for a second term.

coat of arms

The coat of arms of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve is a quartered shield. The four fields were chosen so that all four districts can feel represented. The first field in gold is divided by a blue ribbon (de Spangen family) and stands for Ottignies and Mousty. The second shows the coat of arms of the Colopma family in blue with a golden band accompanied by two silver doves divided diagonally with eight thousand on the golden edge and stands for Céroux. The third in blue shows a gold cross and four gold shells; it is the coat of arms of Anne-Josèphe de la Croix, Abbess of Florival 1733–1749, and was in the wall of a farm in the area of ​​today's Louvain-la-Neuve. The fourth in gold shows three red taps for lime. The city arms were adopted on December 18, 1991.

Town twinning

Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve has partnered with three cities : Jassans-Riottier in France , Veszprém in Hungary and Tiassalé in the Ivory Coast . There are also friendship agreements with Masaya in Nicaragua and Drăgăneşti in Romania .

Web links

Commons : Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. J.-P. Bastin, H. Fassi-Fihri, V. Matz, M. Prévot, V. Salvi: Ma commune , Luc Pire 2006, ISBN 2-87415-613-2 .
  2. J.-L. Roland: Un bourgmestre vert à Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve , Luc Pire, ISBN 2-87415-614-0 .