Liezen is a municipality in the Austrian federal state of Styria, district capital of the district of the same name and economic center on the River Enns.

Liezen
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Liezen
Coat of arms
Liezen is located in Austria
Liezen
Liezen
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°34′00″N 14°14′00″E / 47.56667°N 14.23333°E / 47.56667; 14.23333Coordinates: 47°34′00″N 14°14′00″E / 47.56667°N 14.23333°E / 47.56667; 14.23333
CountryAustria
StateStyria
DistrictLiezen
Government
 • MayorRoswitha Glashüttner (SPÖ)
Area
 • Total92.11 km2 (35.56 sq mi)
Elevation
664 m (2,178 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total8,191
 • Density89/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
8940
Area code03612
Vehicle registrationLI
Websitewww.liezen.at

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
18691,944—    
18802,260+16.3%
18902,220−1.8%
19002,143−3.5%
19102,224+3.8%
19232,218−0.3%
19342,417+9.0%
19392,868+18.7%
19514,802+67.4%
19615,444+13.4%
19716,402+17.6%
19817,034+9.9%
19917,051+0.2%
20016,908−2.0%
20116,839−1.0%

PoliticsEdit

Since 1995, the left-wing SPÖ party has held an absolute majority in the local council. As of the 2015 local elections, the SPÖ holds 13 out of 25 seats on the council, the ÖVP has 6, the FPÖ has 3, a local party known as Die LIEB has 2, and Die Grünen has 1.[3]

EconomyEdit

A large mechanical engineering plant, Maschinenfabrik Liezen und Gießerei, is located in the east of the town; it was connected to the "Noricum scandal" in the 1980s due to the illegal export of armaments. As of 2012, the company remained a large employer.

Popular cultureEdit

In the adventure novel series by Gérard de Villiers, Schloss Liezen is the home of the principal character Prince Malko Linge. However, this fictional castle is situated on the Austria-Hungary border [fr], with most of its estates over the border in Hungary.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dauersiedlungsraum der Gemeinden Politischen Bezirke und Bundesländer - Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Einwohnerzahl 1.1.2018 nach Gemeinden mit Status, Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Gemeinderatswahl 2015 vom 22.03.2015 [In Mandaten]". Liezen.at (in German). Retrieved 1 August 2018.