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Leuven, Louvain and Louvain-la-Neuve

You hear about Louvain and Louvain-la-Neuve, Louvain-la-Neuve and Leuven... but what is the difference?

Leuven is a city located in Flemish Brabant to the west of Brussels and about 30 km from Louvain-la-Neuve. It is commonly called "Louvain" by Belgian French-speakers, a translation which often leads to confusion with Louvain-la-Neuve.

For more information on the origins of the name Louvain-la-Neuve, take a look at its history.

A brief video explanation will make things clearer !


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