50 Fascinating Facts About Luxembourg

The tiny size of Luxembourg doesn't detract from the fact that it's an interesting place to visit. Luxembourg has a lot to offer, including its ancient Luxembourg City, several castles, and stunning natural scenery. Before you travel, why not brush up on your knowledge of the country? Then have a look at these 50 fascinating Luxembourg trivia facts.

Fascinating Facts

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The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is the official name of the nation.
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In addition to Brussels, Frankfurt, and Strasbourg, Luxembourg City serves as the EU's other three formal capitals.
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Besides Luxembourgish, French and German are Luxembourg's two other official languages.
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The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is the only one still ruled by a Grand Duke.
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The Grand Duke of the Netherlands Jean governed for 36 years until being succeeded in 2000 by his son Henri.
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In Luxembourg's cuisine, both French and German culinary traditions are highly impacted. Pomme Tarte (quetsche tort) and potato-bacon-onion green bean soup are among the region's specialties (Bouneschlupp). Judd mat Gaardebounen, Luxembourg's national food, is a smoked pork collar marinated overnight in water then cooked with vegetables and spices. It's a hearty, filling dish. A side dish of potatoes and broad beans is frequently offered, and a bottle of Diekirch beer from Luxembourg.
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Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg is the first openly homosexual EU leader to marry. In 2015, he tied the knot with his longtime companion, Gauthier Destenay.
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According to the World Economic Outlook Report published in April 2015 by the International Monetary Fund, it had the world's highest GDP per capita in 2014, at $111,716.
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Around 525,000 people are living in the nation, with 43% of them being foreign residents. It is the European country with the most expats
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The automobile ownership rate in Luxembourg is the highest globally, with 647 cars per 1,000 people. The fact that roughly half of the country's employment is made up of cross-border workers from Belgium, France, and Germany doesn't surprise.
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Luxembourg is home to the RTL Group, Europe's largest entertainment network. It owns stakes in 29 radio stations and 55 television networks throughout the world.
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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): Luxembourg is a founding member country (NATO).
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Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are the other five founding members of the European Union.
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Luxembourg is unique because immigrants, or cross-border workers, account for 70% of the labor force.
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In addition to its Old Town and Fortifications, Luxemburg's whole city center is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Their slogan is "Mir wlwe wat mir sin" (We want to be what we are), and they live by it.
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In addition to Skype, Amazon, Paypal, Rakuten, and Rovi Corp. all have European headquarters in Luxembourg, well-known for being a prominent financial hub and tax haven.
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Luxembourg has the second-highest monthly minimum wage in the world, according to 2015 figures of $2,468. (Based on a 40-hour workweek). With a price tag of $2,863, Australia tops the list.
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The Bock Casemates, a 21-kilometer-long network of underground tunnels, is a well-known tourist destination in the country.
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With its long religious history and inclusion on the United Nations' UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Echternach's Dancing Parade is a hopping/skipping procession in honor of St. Willibrord that draws thousands of pilgrims every Whit Tuesday.
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Luxemburg was sold to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, in 1443 by Elisabeth, Duchess of Luxembourg.
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The largest of the country's 75 castles that are still standing is the Bourscheid Castle.
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Roman Catholicism is the most popular religion in the country.
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It is the only surviving sovereign grand duchy in the world, ruled by Grand Duke Henri.
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Luxembourgers are the country's citizens and makeup around half of the population.
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Luxembourg City has a population of 122,273 people as of the end of 2019.
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Seven horizontal stripes in the colors red, white, and light blue make up the flag of Luxembourg, which represents the coat of arms used to identify the country.
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According to a UN report, Luxembourg is one of the world's safest countries.
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Restaurant Chiggeri in Luxembourg has the world's biggest wine list, with more than 2,200 different wines to select from.
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According to GDP (gross domestic product), Luxembourg is the world's second-richest country.
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Nearly half of Luxembourg's workforce travels to Luxembourg from one of three countries: France, Belgium, or Germany.
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One-third of Luxembourg's budget goes on universal healthcare and public assistance.
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Luxembourg has Europe's highest minimum wage and the world's second highest behind Australia's overall income per capita.
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Luxembourg is home to the European Union's Court of Justice.
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Luxembourg has the world's highest per-capita vehicle ownership rate of 647 cars.
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Luxembourg is one of the world's most major commercial and financial hubs, with over 150 banks, such as the European Investment Bank.
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These amusing facts about Luxembourg can come in handy while working on a geography project in school.
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It has a land size of only 2,586 square kilometers, making it Europe's smallest country (998 square miles).
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It was the 167th-largest country in the world out of 194 sovereign nations.
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The population of Luxembourg is among the lowest in Europe, with only 626,108 people living there in 2019.
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Twenty-two. The Oesling and the Gutland make up Germany's northern third and south-central third, respectively.
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The primary river in Luxembourg is known in France as the Moselle, while in Luxembourgish and Germany, it is known as the Musel and the Mosel.
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Luxembourg City is underlain by 17 kilometers of solid rock tunnels.
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Forests cover more than a third of Luxembourg's land area.
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The education system in Luxembourg is trilingual: the first years of primary school are taught in Luxembourgish, followed by German and French in secondary school.
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In 1995 and again in 2007, Luxembourg was the first city to be designated European Capital of Culture twice, with France, Germany, and Belgium as a group.
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The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg's birthday are commemorated with a National Day on June 23. However, no one has a birthday on June 23!
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In addition to its fascinating customs and events, Luxembourg is well-known for its warm people.
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A bonfire day called Buergbrennen occurs on the first Sunday following Lent and is a time to celebrate the arrival of spring by burning logs and Christmas trees that were left over from Christmas.
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43 percent of Luxembourg's 525,000 residents are foreign-born. Luxembourg has the most expatriates per capita of any European country, with residents hailing from more than 170 countries. Nearly one-fifth (15%) of the country's total population are Portuguese citizens.

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