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—  Town  —
Belene is located in Bulgaria
Coordinates: 43°39′N 25°7′E / 43.65°N 25.117°E / 43.65; 25.117
Country  Bulgaria
Province (Oblast) Pleven
 - Mayor Petar Dulev
Elevation 89 ft (27 m)
Population (2009)
 - Total 9,080
Time zone Eastern European Time (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)
Postal code 5930
Area code(s) 0658
The Danube at Belene
Belene Island

Belene (Bulgarian: Белене) is a town in northern Bulgaria. It is the capital of the Belene municipality, Pleven Province. Belene is situated on the right bank of the Danube, close to Svishtov.

Belene was proclaimed a town in 1964, which is celebrated every year in the first week of September with a market and cultural events.

The place is best known for the Belene prison (formerly a labor camp) on Belene Island and as the proposed site of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant, which has been under construction 7 km east of the town until it was interrupted in 1990 due to the severe economic crisis that followed the fall of communism in the country. There are plans to start construction again as a replacement for reactors 3 and 4 at Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant, which Bulgaria has shut down as a condition for EU membership. The total capacity of the two reactors will be 2,000 MW.

The main confessions in the town are Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, with two Roman Catholic and one Orthodox church being present. The Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in 1860, the Eastern Orthodox Church of St George in 1874 and the Catholic Church of Saint Anthony of Padua was constructed in 1893.

Belene was the focal point for the feature documentary film The Mosquito Problem and other stories by Andrey Paounov [1] The film features many of the town's colourful characters, highlighting their daily plight of a nuclear plant of empty promises and a year round mosquito epidemic.

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