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Basauri is a major municipality of Biscay, in the Basque Country, an Autonomous Community in northern Spain.

The town is a part of the Greater Bilbao conurbation, being only a few kilometers south of Bilbao. It is an industrial town that also includes monuments such as the tower-house of Ariz. It holds the only prison in the province, located where the rivers Nervión and Ibaizabal meet. The municipality has 42,657 inhabitants (2009).


Until the industrial transformation of the late nineteenth century, Basauri was a purely agricultural area where corn is grown and pasture for cattle and sheep were harvested, and there were some flour mills. Subsequently, and before the massive deployment of industries and housing, sector has been gradually receding to near extinction.

So from the end of last century due to its location near Bilbao, and its industrial area, and the role of crossroads to the middle and upper valley of the Nervión and Ibaizábal, resulting in arrival of high-volume industries such immigrant population Basauri making a mainly industrial town.Maintaining the condition of industrial population, the services sector has had in recent years an important development, being held today.The active population is composed Basauri 20,194 people, of which 3218 people are unemployed (2003).

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