Luxembourg is one of the most proficient and luxurious countries, even when it is also one of the smallest countries in Europe. It is also the only Grand Duchy in the world. This is definitely a land superior in its uniqueness and grandiosity. Although it is a highly industrialized country, it still has all the beautiful natural sceneries as well as heritage sites with old world architecture. Romantic places are abundant with cobblestone streets and overlooking cliff. The country’s citizens practice their religion in one of the most famous religious structures, the Abbey of Echternach. This peaceful country is an ideal place to relax and simply enjoy the view.
Important and Interesting Facts About Luxembourg
- Luxembourg is the least populated country in the European Union. It is also the 20th smallest of the 194 independent countries in the world.
- Luxembourg is the only enduring sovereign Grand Duchy in the world and is amongst the smallest countries in Europe and all around the world.
- It is famous in Europe for its largest radio and television stations: Radio Luxembourg, the RTL Group of Luxembourg. It runs 34 television and 33 radio stations in 12 countries which comprises of M6 channel in France and Channel Five in the United Kingdom.
- The University of Luxembourg is the only university in the country.
- Luxembourg is one of the founder-members of NATO, the Western European Union, the European Union, the United Nations and the Benelux. It is the bench of many institutions and agencies of the EU.
- Luxembourg is in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage site because of its significant history in Roman as well as the Spanish kingdom.
- The Grand Ducal Palace is a palace in Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg. It is the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and where he performs most of his duties as head of state of the Grand Duchy.
- The Monument of Remembrance, usually known by the nickname of the Gëlle Fra (Luxembourgish for ‘Golden Lady’), is a war memorial in Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg. It is dedicated to the thousands of Luxembourgers who volunteered for service in the armed forces of the Allied Powers during World War I. The Gëlle Fra is situated in Constitution Square, in the Ville Haute quarter of central Luxembourg City.
- The Alzette is a river with a length of 73 kilometers in France and Luxembourg. It is a right tributary of the Sauer.
- The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, abbreviated to Mudam, is a museum of modern art in Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg. The museum stands on the site of the old Fort Thüngen, in the Kirchberg quarter, in the north-east of the city.
Cool, Funny, and Fun Facts About Luxembourg
- Luxembourg has the highest minimum legal salary in the Europe and the second highest in the world after Australia.
- Skype, the free Internet calls and instant messaging software, is headquartered in Luxembourg.
- Amazon, Rakuten, Paypal and Rovi Corporation all have their European headquarters in Luxembourg.
- University of Oxford and the University of Oviedo ranked Luxembourg the 2nd country in the world in the development of the Information and Communication Technologies in the ITU ICT Development Index and 8th in the Global Broadband Quality Study 2009.
- Some of the leading international artists were born in Luxembourg including the photographer Edward Steichen and the painters Michel Majerus, Theo Kerg and Joseph Kutter.
- Loretta Young, the famous movie star also belonged to the Luxembourgish descent.
- Victor Hugo, the most prominent French writer resided in Luxembourg in a town near to the German border. Later on, the house was transformed into a museum, which is very famous among the Dutch and French tourists.
- Although June 23 is the date of the Grand Duke’s official birthday, no Grand Duke of Luxembourg has ever been born on that day.
- Luxembourgers speak Luxembourgish, carry out business mostly in French and teach German as the first foreign language in schools.
- With 79.68 telephone lines per 100 people, Luxembourg has the highest ratio of telephone lines to people in the world.
Historical and Cultural Facts About Luxembourg
- Luxembourg has won five times the Eurovision Song Contest (in 1961, 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1983), a feat only surpassed by Ireland.
- The original County, then Duchy of Luxembourg was about three times the size of the modern country, including notably most of the Belgian province of Luxembourg.
- From 1310 to 1437, the Counts, then Dukes of Luxembourg were also Kings of Bohemia (the modern Czech Republic).
- It was in the second edition of 14th April 1821 of a weekly journal called ‘Luxemburger Wochenblatt’, that the first printed sentences in Luxembourgish were released.
- In 1995, Luxembourg was titled, for the first time, as the ‘European Capital of Culture’. It was again honored with same title in 2007, thereby making it the first county to be titled twice.
- This European country was represented at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. The pavilion was originated from the translation of the word Luxembourg into Chinese, which stands for ‘Lu Sen Bao’: Forest and Fortress. This denoted Luxembourg as the ‘Green Heart in Europe’.
- Founded in 963, Luxembourg became a grand duchy in 1815 and an independent state under the Netherlands.
- The two main festivals of Luxembourg are the Dancing Procession of Echternach and the Christmas. Some other popular festivals in Luxembourg are New Year, Good Friday, and Easter.
- Specialties include Judd matt Gaardebou`nen (smoked collar of pork with broad beans), thuringer (small sausages), Luxembourg ham (smoke-cured), friture de la Moselle (small deep-fried river fish), pike in Riesling sauce, gromper keeschelche (potato pancakes), kach keis (soft melted cheese), paté, and quetsche tort (plum tart). Special dishes are consumed on national and religious holidays, as well as on Sunday afternoons.
- Well-regarded dry white wine is produced from Reisling grapes grown on the east-facing slopes of the Moselle River, across from Germany. Luxembourg also produces eaux-de-vie , or plum brandies, made from mirabelle (yellow plums) and quetsch (purple plums).