Leonding

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Leonding
Saint Michael's church, Leonding
Saint Michael's church, Leonding
Leonding is located in Austria
Leonding
Leonding
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 48°16′0″N 14°15′0″E / 48.26667°N 14.25000°E / 48.26667; 14.25000Coordinates: 48°16′0″N 14°15′0″E / 48.26667°N 14.25000°E / 48.26667; 14.25000
Country Austria
State Upper Austria
District Linz-Land
Government
 • Mayor Walter Brunner (SPÖ)
Area
 • Total 24.05 km2 (9.29 sq mi)
Elevation 289 m (948 ft)
Population (14 June 2016)[1]
 • Total 27,393
 • Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 4060
Area code 0732
Vehicle registration LL
Website www.leonding.at

Leonding [ˈleːɔ̯nd̥iŋ] is a city southwest of Linz in the Austrian state of Upper Austria. It borders Puchenau and the river Danube in the north, Wilhering and Pasching in the west, Traun in the south and Linz in the east. With a population of more than 27 thousand people, Leonding is the most populous city of the Linz-Land district and the fourth most populous city in Upper Austria.

It is very close to Linz and offers a beautiful view of the Alps and therefore attracts the upper social classes for living without providing much infrastructure on its own. Due to the proximity of Linz and the good transport connection (like West railway, Westautobahn, B1 Wiener Straße or Linz Airport) it attracts companies like Rosenbauer, Ebner Industrieofenbau, Poloplast or Neuson. Other major employers are the UNO Shopping Center (approximately 850 jobs) as well as the Plus City Shopping Center (approximately 2200 jobs).

From 1898 to 1905 Adolf Hitler lived in Leonding where he attended the local primary school and later a grammar school in nearby Linz. The graves of his parents Alois and Klara are in Leonding. His brother Edmund, who died of measles, was buried there too.[2] A delegation of Passau National Socialists visited the family's grave illegally.[3] Hitler visited the grave in 1938. In 2012, when a relative of Alois Hitler's first wife, Anna, did not renew the lease, the grave was dissolved.[4]

In 1903, Hitler's father died when drinking a glass of wine in a guesthouse in Leonding.[citation needed]

Leonding is split up into 22 localities: Aichberg, Alharting, Berg, Bergham, Buchberg, Doppl, Enzenwinkl, Felling, Friesenegg, Gaumberg, Haag, Hart, Holzheim, Imberg, Jetzing, Leonding, Reith, Rufling, St. Isidor, Staudach, Untergaumberg and Zaubertal.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1869 2,250 —    
1880 2,378 +5.7%
1890 3,016 +26.8%
1900 3,829 +27.0%
1910 4,365 +14.0%
1923 4,762 +9.1%
1934 5,235 +9.9%
1939 5,771 +10.2%
1951 6,832 +18.4%
1961 11,211 +64.1%
1971 14,968 +33.5%
1981 19,389 +29.5%
1991 21,209 +9.4%
2001 22,203 +4.7%
2011 25,295 +13.9%
2014 26,395 +4.3%

Local council[edit]

The elections in 2015 showed the following results:

Party Vote share change Seats in the Gemeinderat change Seats in the Stadtrat
SPÖ 33,84  % - 9,23 % 13 -4 4
FPÖ 23,39 % + 9,92 % 9 +4 2
ÖVP 22,27 % - 6,80 % 8 -3 2
The Greens - The Green Alternative 13,64 % + 2,05 % 5 +1 1
NEOS 5,97 % + 5,97 % 2 +2 0

Total: 37 seats

Mayors[edit]

Mayors since 1945
Name Party Term of office
Josef Lehner SPÖ 1946-1961
Franz Klafböck SPÖ 1961-1968
Leopold Finster SPÖ 1968-1982
Leopold Kronsteiner SPÖ 1982-1997
Herbert Sperl SPÖ 1997-2008
Walter Brunner SPÖ since 2008

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden, Erstellt am 14.06.2016 (Last accessed 13.12.2016) for Leonding.
  2. ^ Anna Rosmus Hitlers Nibelungen, Samples Grafenau 2015, pp. 120f
  3. ^ Anna Rosmus Hitlers Nibelungen, Samples Grafenau 2015, pp. 121
  4. ^ Anna Rosmus Hitlers Nibelungen, Samples Grafenau 2015, pp. 122

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