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Lessen (Dutch)
Flag of Lessines
Coat of arms of Lessines
Coat of arms
Lessines is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Soignies
 • Mayor Jean-Marie Degauque (PS)
 • Governing party/ies PS, Ensemble
 • Total 72.29 km2 (27.91 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 18,377
 • Density 250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Postal codes 7860 Lessines
7861 Papignies
7861 Wannebecq
7862 Ogy
7863 Ghoy
7864 Deux-Acren
7866 Bois-de-Lessines
7866 Ollignies
Area codes 068

Lessines (Dutch: Lessen) is a Picardy municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. As of the 2006 census, Lessine's total population was 17,848. The total area is 72.29 km² (27.91 square miles) which gives a population density of 247 inhabitants per km².

The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Lessines proper, Ghoy, Bois-de-Lessines (Lessenbos), Oseke (Ogy), Papignies (Papegem), Deux-Acren (Twee-Akren), Wannebeek (Wannebecq), and Ollignies (Woelingen).

It is primarily known as the birthplace of the famed Surrealist painter René Magritte (1898 – 1967).


  • History 1
    • Postal history 1.1
  • Images 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Postal history

The LESSINES post-office opened before 1830. It used a postal code 71 with bars (before 1864), and 214 with points before 1874. DEUX-ACREN on 15 May 1866. It used a postal code 104 with points before 1874. The PAPIGNIES post-office opened on 18 February 1880, GHOY and OLLIGNIES on 25 May 1905, OGY on 5 November 1907.[2]

Postal codes in 1969:[3] -7850 Ollignies -7851 Bois-de-Lessines -7860 Lessines -7861 Papignies -7862 Ogy -7863 Ghoy -7870 Deux-Acren

Postal codes since at least 1990: -7860 Lessines -7861 Papignies, Wannebecq (not opened in 1969) -7862 Ogy -7863 Ghoy -7864 Deux-Acren -7866 Bois-de-Lessines, Ollignies.



  1. ^ Population per municipality on 1 January 2013 (XLS; 607.5 KB)
  2. ^ Catalogue Spécialisé des Oblitérations Belges, Nationale en Internationale Postzegelmanifestaties Antwerpen (NIPA), Antwerp, 1999.
  3. ^ Liste des Numéros Postaux, Administration des Postes, Bruxelles 1969.

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website (in French)
  • One alternative site, with lots of further information on the city (in French, Dutch, English)
  • Another alternative site, with lots of further information on the city (in French)
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