Langreo (Spanish pronunciation: [laŋˈɡɾe.o]; Asturian: Llangréu)[2] is a municipality and town in northern Spain, in Asturias. It is the 4th largest town of Asturias with 43,000 inhabitants. Langreo is located in the centre of Asturias, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) south-east of Oviedo. It was an important mining and metallurgical center.

Langreo
Llangréu
Llangréu / Langreo
The town of Langreo at the Nalón Valley
The town of Langreo at the Nalón Valley
Flag of Langreo
Coat of arms of Langreo
Location of Llangreu
Location of Llangreu
Langreo is located in Spain
Langreo
Langreo
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°18′N 5°41′W / 43.300°N 5.683°W / 43.300; -5.683Coordinates: 43°18′N 5°41′W / 43.300°N 5.683°W / 43.300; -5.683
Country Spain
Autonomous community Asturias
ProvinceAsturias
ComarcaNalón
Government
 • MayorCarmen Arbesçu (PSOE)
Area
 • Total82.46 km2 (31.84 sq mi)
Elevation
1,021 m (3,350 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total39,984
 • Density480/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
DemonymLangreanos
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Dialing code33930(District of La Felguera)

33900(District of Sama) 33920(District of Riaño) 33909(District of Ciaño)

33934(District of Lada)
Official language(s)Asturian and Spanish
WebsiteOfficial website

In the neighbourhood fruit and cider are produced, and there are still important coal mines, foundries, and factories for the manufacture of coarse cloth.

HistoryEdit

 
Duro Felguera Iron Company at 1920's

According to a legend Langreo was the place where the Moorish governor Munuza was killed while trying to flee from Asturias at the beginning of the Reconquest. Langreo was settled by the Romans, who built a large Roman bridge that is not conserved today.

In the past, it was one of the most important mining and metallurgical points of Spain since the 18th century, and it was also well known because of workers struggles and its cultural life. The 3rd railway to be built in the Iberian Peninsula was the FC of Langreo. The Factory of La Felguera was one of the most important iron works centers in Spain, and the Langreo mines was well known in whole the country.

Because of the Spanish "Industrial Restructuring", Langreo lost its industrial importance, but today the town hosts Bayer, where 100% of the acetylsalicylic acid of the German enterprise are produced. Langreo also holds the technologies centre Valnalón.

Langreo has historic monuments like the church of San Esteban, the Quintana Tower or the Sanctuary of Carbayu. Also preserves good examples of its industrial heritage and it hosts the Siderurgy Museum Of Asturias within the old Felguera Factory, the Samuño Valley and Railway Mining Museum, and the art gallery Pinacoteca Eduardo Úrculo.

Langreo celebrates fiestas of San Pedro and Santiago, and special gastronomic days: Carnival (February) Cider (April) and Fabada (December).

The largest town is Langreo formed by the most important districts: La Felguera (20,000 inhabitants), Sama (10,000), and Riaño, Ciaño, Lada and Barros, also known as parishes.

ParishesEdit

There are eight parishes (administrative divisions) by population:

PoliticsEdit

Local elections
Party/List 1979 1983 1987[3] 1991[3] 1995[3] 1999[3] 2003[3] 2007[3] 2011[4] 2015[3] 2019[3]
FSA-PSOE 10 14 10 11 8 9 8 10 7 6 9
PCE / IU-BA 7 6 7 9 10 11 7 5 4 6
Somos 5
CD / AP / PP 2 5 4 4 7 5 6 6 4 3 2
C’s 1 2
FAC 4
FDLI 2
UCD / CDS 6 0 4 1
Unidas (Somos+IU) 8
Total 25 25 25 25 25 25 21 21 21 21 21

PeopleEdit

 
David Villa

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ "Decree 73/2005, of 7 July, establishing the official names of the Council of Langreo". Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Dirección General de Política interior
  4. ^ Elecciones Locales 2011

External linksEdit

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Langreo". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 177.