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Zoutleeuw (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌzʌu̯tˈleːu], French: Léau) is a municipality and city in the Hageland, in the extreme east of the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. On 1 January 2006 the municipality had 7,947 inhabitants. The total area is 46.73 km², giving a population density of 170 inhabitants per km².

Zoutleeuw
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Flag of Zoutleeuw
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Zoutleeuw is located in Belgium
Zoutleeuw
Zoutleeuw
Location in Belgium
Location of Zoutleeuw in Flemish Brabant
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Coordinates: 50°50′N 05°06′E / 50.833°N 5.100°E / 50.833; 5.100Coordinates: 50°50′N 05°06′E / 50.833°N 5.100°E / 50.833; 5.100
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceFlemish Brabant
ArrondissementLeuven
Government
 • MayorRik Dehairs (CD&V)
 • Governing party/iesCD&V, sp.a
Area
 • Total46.73 km2 (18.04 sq mi)
Population
(1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total8,446
 • Density180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Postal codes
3440
Area codes011
Websitewww.zoutleeuw.be

The name Leeuw means "lion", to which Zout ("salt") was added from the 16th century in recognition of the town's right to levy a salt tax.

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As well as Zoutleeuw proper, the municipality also comprises the villages of:

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