Louvain is a Dutch-speaking town situated in the Flemish Region. Capital of the Flemish Brabant province, it numbers over 100,000 inhabitants. Intersected by the River Dyle, a tributary of the Rupel, Louvain has existed since the Middle Ages and is the seat of the oldest university in the country. Founded in 1425, Louvain Catholic University caters for more than 40,000 students each year. 25 km from Brussels and flanked by the E40 and E314, Louvain is very well served by road, as well as by public transport. The town is even directly connected to Brussels-Zaventem airport via rail and several De Lijn routes. Louvain is regarded as Belgium's beer capital due to the student festivals and the historic presence of the Artois brewery (the company at the origin of the InBev group and the largest brewery group in the world).