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Tienen or Thienen ( ) is a city and municipality in the province of Flemish Brabantmarker, in Flanders, one of the three regions of Belgiummarker. The municipality comprises the city of Tienen proper and the towns of Bost, Goetsenhoven, Hakendover, Kumtich, Oorbeek, Oplinter, Sint-Margriete-Houtem and Vissenakenmarker. On January 1, 2006 Tienen had a total population of 31,835. The total area is 71.77 km² which gives a population density of 444 inhabitants per km².

Tienen is known in Belgium as the center of sugar production. The huge sugar beet processing factory, Sugar refinery of Tienen (Tiense Suikerraffinaderij - Raffinerie Tirlemontoise), is located at the eastern edge of the town. The company Citrique Belge, is one of the biggest producers of citric acid. Tienen has a facility for making energy saving lamps by Havells-Sylvania.

Other noticeable facts about Tienen include the railway station building, which is the oldest in Belgiummarker that is still being used and the inversed roundabout.

Tienen is also well known for its summer rock festival Suikerrock.

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File:Oorbeek - Figuur 21.jpg|Saint George's church, Oorbeek, TienenImage:Tienen Grote Gete.jpg|Great GeteImage:Tienen Stadhuis.jpg|The city hallImage:Tienen Het Toreke.jpg|Museum Het TorekeImage:Tienen Suikermuseum.jpg|The SugarmuseumImage:Tienen OLV Ten Poel Kerk.jpg|OLV Ten Poel churchImage:Tienen Sint-Germanuskerk 2.jpg|Sint-Germanus churchImage:Tienen Paterskerk.JPG|PaterskerkImage:Pikke Stijkès.jpg|Pikke Stijkès


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