Sopela

Sopela
Saint Peter's church
Saint Peter's church
Flag of Sopela
Flag
Coat of arms of Sopela
Coat of arms
Sopela is located in Basque Country
Sopela
Sopela
Location of Sopela within the Basque Country
Coordinates: 43°22′53″N 2°58′45″W / 43°22′53″N 2°58′45″W / 43.38139; -2.97917

Sopela, also known as Sopelana, is a town and municipality located in the province of Biscay, in the autonomous community of Basque Country, northern Spain.The town is roughly 820 hectares in area, located in the comarca Mungialdea on the north east side of Bilbao and due east of the Nervión river estuary. In the municipality, other former towns like Larrabasterra are now merged to make Sopela larger. The population is 11,185 people, as recorded in the 2003 census. Thriving expansion of the town puts this number to well over 13,000 people. The area of Sopela is situated among green hills and beaches. This makes it a very attractive suburb of Bilbao, with a short commute of 35 minutes on the metro.

History

Since the late 1980s, the population of Sopelana has continued to grow and currently has 13.000 citizens. During the industrialization the citizens moved to the urban centres that were more crowded but from that decade on this tendency has reversed. Sopelana has become a residential municipality well communicated with bigger municipalities and with Bilbao. It was at first an eminently turistic destination, where the properties and house owners only moved to spend summer holidays but it has turned into a residential town. At the moment, it is one of the village's with the highest per capita income of the state.

Other Languages
العربية: سوبيلانا
aragonés: Sopela
català: Sopela
español: Sopelana
euskara: Sopela
français: Sopela
galego: Sopelana
italiano: Sopelana
Latina: Sopelana
magyar: Sopelana
Bahasa Melayu: Sopelana
Nederlands: Sopelana
日本語: ソペラ
occitan: Sopela
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Sopelana
polski: Sopelana
português: Sopelana
русский: Сопелана
Scots: Sopela
shqip: Sopela
українська: Сопелана
Winaray: Sopelana
中文: 索佩拉纳