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Location of Ortuella within the Basque Country

Coordinates: 43°18′37″N 3°3′25″W / 43.31028°N 3.05694°W / 43.31028; -3.05694Coordinates: 43°18′37″N 3°3′25″W / 43.31028°N 3.05694°W / 43.31028; -3.05694
Country Spain
Autonomous community Basque Country
Province Biscay
Comarca Greater Bilbao
Segregated 1901
  Alcalde Oskar Martínez Zamora (EAJ-PNV)
  Total 7.65 km2 (2.95 sq mi)
Elevation 66 m (217 ft)
Population (2009)
  Total 8,520
  Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s) ortuellatarra
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 48530
Official language(s) Basque
Website Official website

Ortuella is a town and municipality located in the province of Biscay, in the Autonomous Community of Basque Country, northern Spain.

Nowadays part of Greater Bilbao region, until the beginning of 19th century it was integrated in the Valley of Somorrostro of the Encartaciones next to the Santurtzi. In 1901 the locality segregated from the Council of the Santurtzi, those days happening to denominate the Santurce-Ortuella. This segregation was motivated by an increase of population due to the mining height of end of 19th century, being the district of Ortuella the one of greater population in the Council. In the 1980s, and by means of the resolution of March 27, 1981, the name of the municipality definitively lost the term " Santurce", simply being " Ortuella", which was the ususual name used by their citizens.

The patron saint of Ortuella is Saint Felix of Cantalica (May 18), name of the main church of the municipality.


Ortuella is administratively divided into 6 neighborhoods or wards:[1]


Population of Ortuella
1897 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1981 1991 2001 2006
* * 5,041 5,528 6,060 5,688 5,681 7,633 8,011 9,100 8,976 8,684 8,618


  1. Euskaltzaindia. "Euskal Onomastikaren Datutegia (EODA): Ortuella". Euskaltzaindia. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
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