in French, Löwen
in German) is a municipality
located in the Belgian
province of Flemish Brabant
, of which it is the capital
. The municipality comprises the city of Leuven proper and the towns of Heverlee, Kessel-Lo and Wilsele. On January 1st, 2000 Leuven had a total population of 88,014 (43,153 males and 44,861 females). The total area is 57.65 km²
which gives a population density
of 1,526.70 inhabitants per km².
It has the largest and oldest university (15th century) of Belgium, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven) which makes it a real "student city" from October until June.
Leuven is also well known in Belgium for its summer rock festival Marktrock.