Bertrange (French pronunciation: [bɛʁtʁɑ̃ʒ]; Luxembourgish: Bartreng pronounced [ˈbɑχtʀeŋ] (listen); German: Bartringen) is a commune and town in south-western Luxembourg. It is located 6.5 km west of Luxembourg City.
|• Total||17.39 km2 (6.71 sq mi)|
|• Rank||67th of 102|
|Highest elevation||352 m (1,155 ft)|
|• Rank||84th of 102|
|Lowest elevation||277 m (909 ft)|
|• Rank||79th of 102|
|• Rank||17th of 102|
|• Density||470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|• Rank||19th of 102|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
As of 2006[update], the town of Bertrange, which lies in the north-east of the commune, has a population of 6,021, of which just over half are Luxembourgers. People of over 60 different nationalities live in the commune.
The Treveri, a Gallic tribe, inhabited the region for several hundred years until they were conquered by Julius Caesar in 54 BC. During the Gallo-Roman era which lasted until about 450, the Romans built a number of roads in the area including the Kiem (Latin caminus, road) linking Trier to Reims. It passed through Strassen (Strata) to what is now Bertrange at Tossenberg where there was a refreshment post for travellers and continued to nearby Mamer (Mambra), a Roman vicus, and Arlon (Orolauneum). Another road connected Tossenberg to Titelberg near Rodange. Evidence of Gallo-Roman and indeed Treveri inhabitants in Bertrange was found during excavations starting 1997.
Like nearby Luxembourg City, Bertrange is one of the strongest communes for the Democratic Party (DP), with 47% of the vote cast in the 2005 communal elections being for the DP. In the communal council, the DP rules outright, with six of the eleven councillors. The mayor is consequently the DP candidate, Frank Colabianchi, who heads an administration also consisting of two échevins.
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