Laudio/Llodio is a town and municipality located in the province of Álava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain. Laudio is the name in Basque language and Llodio in Spanish; both are used indistinctly.
Geography and Demography
Llodio is an important industrial center located at 50 km NW from the provincial capital of Vitoria and at 20 km SE from Bilbao. It is the second municipality of Álava, in population. The municipality has an area of 37,56 km² and a population (2005) of 18,633 (9,288 male, 9,345 female).
Its geographical coordinates are:
- Latitude: 43º09’4’’ N
- Longitude: 2º57’22’’ W
- Altitude: Minimum: 130 m, Maximum: 782 m.
Elections and local administration
Since the 2011 Municipal elections the Mayor of Llodio is Mr. Natxo Urkixo Orueta (Bildu). The Coalition Bildu has 6 municipal councillors on Llodio Town Council, the Basque Nationalist Party PNV/EAJ also has 6, the Socialist Party of the Basque Country–Basque Country Left has 2 as does the People's Party (Spain). The local group Omnia takes the final seat.
The results of the 2004 Spanish General Election in Llodio were as follows:
- PNV - Partido Nacionalista Vasco: 37.9%
- PSE-EE (PSOE - EE) Partido Socialista de Euskadi: 27.8%
- PP - Partido Popular: 18.6%
- EB-IU - Izquierda Unida: 6.9%
- EA - Eusko Alkartasuna: 4.8%
- ARALAR-ZUTI - Aralar-Zutik: 2.0%
The town has a local athletics club, Club de Atletismo de Laudio, which has its own track and field stadium (the Estadio Ellakuri). The club has hosted the Cross Internacional Valle de Llodio, an annual international cross country running event, since 1985.
- Cross Internacional (Spanish). C.A de Laudio. Retrieved on 2010-12-03.
- City Council Website (Spanish) (Basque)
- LLODIO in the Bernardo Estornés Lasa - Auñamendi Encyclopedia (Euskomedia Fundazioa) (Spanish)
- Aerial view of Llodio (Google maps)