|Municipality of Belgium|
The townhall in Athus
|• Mayor||Jean-Paul Dondelinger (cdH)|
|• Governing party/ies||cdH - PS|
|• Total||45.60 km2 (17.61 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2012)|
|• Density||350/km2 (910/sq mi)|
On 1 January 2012 the municipality, which covers 45.6 km², had 16,042 inhabitants, giving a population density of 330.9 inhabitants per km². It is the third municipality of the Province of Luxembourg regarding the number of inhabitants but it is also among the smallest ones in terms of area.
The municipality is French-speaking but most of which falls within the Luxembourgish-speaking Arelerland, adjoins the tripoint where the borders of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and France meet.
Aubange was a municipality itself before the gathering of the Belgian municipalities in 1977. Then it became mixed with the ones of Athus, Halanzy and Rachecourt to become what exists today. Even though the new municipality the name of Aubange, the biggest village is Athus and it is where most of the services and official buildings are, like the townhall, the police station, the fire station, the post office, etc.
The following graph represents the growing of the population in the municipality since 1990. The village of Aubange itself contains about 4,000 inhabitants.
For a long time, Aubange has been linked with siderurgy. There were two big factories in Athus and in Halanzy and also a mine. But because of the concurrence of the foreign markets (especially the ones from Asia and Africa), siderurgy as not profitable anymore and all the factories closed one after another in the whole area.
Now the politics have tried to found new ways to develop the economy. One of the most well-known activities is the Railway Containers Terminal of Athus which deals with thousands of containers each year from the big harbors of the North Sea like Antwerp and Rotterdam to the inland of France, Germany or Luxemburg.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Aubange.|
- Population per municipality on 1 January 2012 (XLS; 214 KB)
- "Chiffres de la population résidente au 1er janvier, par année 1990‑2010". le site de l’INS (in French). Retrieved 11 January 2011..
- "Athus Container Terminal". Official website of Athus Container Terminal..