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Lessines (Dutch: Lessen; Picard: Lissene) is a Picardy municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. As of the 2014 census, Lessine's total population was 18,637. The total area is 72.29 km² (27.91 square miles) which gives a population density of 247 inhabitants per km².

Lessines
Lessen  (Dutch)
Municipality
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Flag of Lessines
Flag
Coat of arms of Lessines
Coat of arms
Lessines is located in Belgium
Lessines
Lessines
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°43′N 03°50′E / 50.717°N 3.833°E / 50.717; 3.833Coordinates: 50°43′N 03°50′E / 50.717°N 3.833°E / 50.717; 3.833
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Soignies
Government
 • Mayor Jean-Marie Degauque (PS)
 • Governing party/ies PS, Ensemble
Area
 • Total 72.29 km2 (27.91 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 18,610
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Postal codes 7860 Lessines
7861 Papignies
7861 Wannebecq
7862 Ogy
7863 Ghoy
7864 Deux-Acren
7866 Bois-de-Lessines
7866 Ollignies
Area codes 068
Website www.lessines.be

The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Lessines proper, Ghoy, Bois-de-Lessines (Lessenbos), Ogy (Oseke), Papignies (Papegem), Deux-Acren (Acren), Wannebecq (Wannebeek), and Ollignies (Woelingen).

It is primarily known as the birthplace of the Surrealist painter René Magritte (1898 – 1967).

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Postal historyEdit

The LESSINES post-office opened before 1830. It used a postal code 71 with bars (before 1864), and 214 with points before 1874. DEUX-ACREN on 15 May 1866. It used a postal code 104 with points before 1874. The PAPIGNIES post-office opened on 18 February 1880, GHOY and OLLIGNIES on 25 May 1905, OGY on 5 November 1907.[2]

Postal codes in 1969:[3] -7850 Ollignies -7851 Bois-de-Lessines -7860 Lessines -7861 Papignies -7862 Ogy -7863 Ghoy -7870 Deux-Acren

Postal codes since at least 1990: -7860 Lessines -7861 Papignies, Wannebecq (not opened in 1969) -7862 Ogy -7863 Ghoy -7864 Deux-Acren -7866 Bois-de-Lessines, Ollignies.

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  1. ^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. ^ Catalogue Spécialisé des Oblitérations Belges, Nationale en Internationale Postzegelmanifestaties Antwerpen (NIPA), Antwerp, 1999.
  3. ^ Liste des Numéros Postaux, Administration des Postes, Bruxelles 1969.

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