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Fuenlabrada (Spanish pronunciation: [fwenlaˈβɾaða]) is a city and municipality in the Community of Madrid, Spain. It is to the south of the region, 22.5 km from the Madrid. As of 2018, it has a population of 193,586, making it the region's fourth most populated municipality.

Fuenlabrada
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Fuenlabrada is located in Spain
Fuenlabrada
Fuenlabrada
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 40°17′00″N 3°48′00″W / 40.28333°N 3.80000°W / 40.28333; -3.80000Coordinates: 40°17′00″N 3°48′00″W / 40.28333°N 3.80000°W / 40.28333; -3.80000
CountrySpain
RegionCommunity of Madrid
Government
 • MayorJavier Ayala [es] (PSOE)
Area
 • Total39.41 km2 (15.22 sq mi)
Elevation
664 m (2,178 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total193,586
 • Density4,900/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
28940-28947
Websitewww.ayto-fuenlabrada.es

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PlacenameEdit

The name probably has its origin in Fuente Labrada (Spanish for "carved fountain").

HistoryEdit

The first information about Fuenlabrada was recorded 200 years after its founding because of an ambitious project promoted by Philip II of Spain, the Topographic Relations of Philip II. All the cities, towns and villages received a royal order by which they were obliged to answer an extensive questionnaire about everything related to history, geography, economics, demography, customs... It is all about the historic-geographic relations of all the villages of Spain. With the many pieces of information gathered by that questionnaire an accurate report of Fuenlabrada was created in the 16th century.

TransportEdit

RoadsEdit

The city is linked with the M-50, A-42, M-506, M-407 and M-409 highways. It is connected as well to the neighbouring towns of Humanes de Madrid and Moraleja de Enmedio through the M-413 and M-405 local roads, respectively.

MetroEdit

 
Fuenlabrada Central Railway (and Metro) Station.

Fuenlabrada has good transport connections with Madrid, Móstoles, Getafe, Alcorcón and Leganés through the Madrid Metro line 12 (also known as Metrosur -South Metro Network-), including five stations:

Commuter trainEdit

Fuenlabrada is connected to Madrid via the Cercanías Madrid line C-5, a commuter train service, having two stations:

  • Fuenlabrada (Transfer with Fuenlabrada Central metro station).
  • La Serna.

DemographyEdit

Fuenlabrada witnessed a dramatic population explosion in the 1980s, due to large scale immigration of young workers coming from the capital city and other agrarian regions (chiefly Extremadura, Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia and Galicia) seeking affordable prices in housing. By 1975, the municipality had already reached a population of 18,442. Foreign workers have also settled in the city, most of them coming from Latin America, Africa, the Maghreb, China and Romania.

EducationEdit

 
URJC Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

Primary and Secondary educationEdit

Fuenlabrada has 33 kindergarten and daycare centers, 50 primary schools and 15 secondary schools And a particularly recommended English Language school Called Anglo Language services.

Higher educationEdit

The Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) has a secondary campus in the city, housing the faculties of communication sciences, telecommunications engineering, tourism, business administration, among other courses.

The National University of Distance Education (UNED) also has a branch here.

SportsEdit

The city is home to basketball team Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, currently playing in the first tier division (Liga ACB), having competed in the top flight division of Spanish basketball for several years. Their home games are played at Fernando Martín sports centre, which has a capacity of 5,700.

CF Fuenlabrada is the local football team, playing in 2ª División B (third tier in Spanish league). Their current coach is famous former striker Fernando Morientes. They play as home team at the Fernando Torres stadium [es], inaugurated by the footballer himself on September 1, 2011. The stadium has a capacity of 2,500.

Twin towns and sister citiesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Alcaldes nicas España conocen de proyectos medioambiente". Radiolaprimerisima. 21 May 2009.
  3. ^ Iglesias, Mar (3 December 2017). "Camino al corazón y al color de África". La Nueva Crónica.

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