La Línea de la Concepción (generally known as La Línea) is a town in Spain, in the province of Cadiz in Andalucia. As of January 1, 2003 it had a population of approximately 63,000. It borders on the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, with which has close economic and social links. The name La Línea de la Concepción translated from Spanish means The line of Conception and is called this because the town was just out of the range of the British cannons that lay in long tunnels built into the rock of Gibraltar. The town saw quite a lot of activity when there were diputes between the Spanish and British Governments (leading to the border being closed) but now as the border is open, security is not as tight and tourists can expect a quick search by the British and on exit the Spanish. Many of its people (known in Spanish as linenses or piojosos (fleas)) have traditionally found work in Gibraltar, although this was adversely affected by the closure of the border between 1969 and 1982. Since the border was fully reopened in 1985, many Gibraltarians now live in La Línea, where the property prices and the cost of living are much lower.