Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a small European country, surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany. It’s mostly rural, with dense Ardennes forest and nature parks in the north, rocky gorges of the Mullerthal region in the east and the Moselle river valley in the southeast. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is famed for its fortified medieval old town perched on sheer cliffs.

Luxembourg is a landlocked country of thick, green forests that cover rolling hills and low mountains.

The northern region, (Oesling) is a ridged plateau, with the land that suffers from bad soil composition, and remains (for the most part) unproductive. Slicing across the northern border with Belgium are the Andrennes (low mountains), while the southern region of Gotland is blessed with fertile soil and nourishing rivers. Luxembourg’s highest point, Burgplatz, stands at 1,843 ft. (559m). Important rivers include the Alzette, Eisch, Moselle, Our, and Sure. The largest lake is Haute Sure.

Key Cities

Key cities in Luxembourg include: Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Dudelange, Schifflange, Bettembourg, Petange, Ettelbruck, Diekrich

Historical, Cultural facts & Religion

Although its recorded history can be traced back to Roman times, the history of Luxembourg proper is considered to begin in 963. After occupation by Revolutionary France, the 1815 Treaty of Paris transformed Luxembourg into a Grand Duchy in personal union with the Netherlands.

The culture of Luxembourg refers to the cultural life and traditions of Luxembourg. Most citizens are trilingual, speaking French and German in addition to the Germanic national language of Luxembourgish.

Brief Country History

During the period of Roman rule, Luxembourg was initially an integral part of the province of Belgica Prima and later on was included in the kingdom of Austrasia, which was Frankish, and soon after, of Charlemagne’s empire. Count Conrad, the founder of the house of Luxembourg, came into power in 1060. From the 14th to the 15th century, the house of Luxemburg gave the Holy Roman Empire four of its rulers before the Habsburg dynasty took over. In the succeeding centuries, Luxembourg was alternately subjugated by Spain and Austria. As the Napoleonic Wars came to a close in 1815, the Congress of Vienna declared Luxembourg as a grand duchy and appointed William I of the Netherlands to be its ruler. In 1830, a revolt sparked led by the Belgian provinces and a year later, Belgium became an autonomous kingdom while Luxembourg remained as only a part of it. By 1839, Luxembourg’s western territory was surrendered to Belgium and the rest was established as an independent state.

In August 1914, German military forces took over the Grand Duchy and occupied the country from the onset up to the end of World War I. In 1920, Luxembourg became part of the League of Nations.

During the Second World War, the Germans invaded Luxembourg yet again. Consequently, Charlotte, the reigning sovereign of that time, went to London and founded a government-in-exile. In 1942, Germany declared Luxembourg as a member of the Third Reich. Two years later, the country’s allied military forces liberated Luxembourg and civilian control was re-established. In 1945, Luxembourg became an official member of the United Nations.

Language (s) Written & Spoken

The linguistic situation in Luxembourg is characterized by the practice and the recognition of three official languages: French, German, and the national language Luxembourgish established in law in 1984. These three languages are also referred to as the three administrative languages.

Important Types of Commerce in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a small landlocked European state that is surrounded by Germany, France, and Belgium. It is one of the world’s smallest countries and has a population of around 602,005 people. Luxembourg has one of the highest population growth rates in the world with expatriates accounting for over 50% of its population. It is the founding member of NATO, UN, EU, Benelux, and the OECD.

Its capital city (Luxembourg City) is one of the EU’s three-official capitals (together with Strasbourg and Brussels). The city of Luxembourg is the seat of the EU’s Court of Justice. It is a developed nation with one of the highest GDPs per capita on the planet and an advanced economy. Luxembourg’s economy is dependent on the banking, steel, and industrial sectors.

The Largest Industries in Luxembourg include:

  • Banking
  • Steel
  • Information Technology
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture

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