Interesting and fun facts about  Luxembourg

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The motto of Luxembourg is: “We want to remain what we are”
One-third of the country is covered in forests. 33.5% 
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Interesting and fun facts about  Luxembourg-Luxembourg is the third most successful country

Luxembourg is the third most successful country at Eurovision song contest
Luxembourg has won the Eurovision Song Contest five times and was one of the founding participants of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956.
Luxembourg has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 37 times between 1956 and 1993.
Luxembourg has won the contest five times.(Only Ireland -7- and Sweden -6- have more wins).
Luxembourg's first victory was in 1961, their second victory achieved in 1965.
In 1972 and again in 1973 on home ground and 1983.

Interesting and fun facts about  Luxembourg-Background

Siegfried I of Ardennes first acquired the territory surrounding the present-day city of Luxembourg in 963 AD 
Luxembourg became a grand duchy in 1815 and an independent state under the Netherlands.
In 1957, Luxembourg became one of the six founding countries of the EEC (later the EU), and in 1999 it joined the euro currency zone.

Interesting and fun facts about  Luxembourg-Luxembourg Capital 

Capital and largest city is Luxembourg-City (Lëtzebuerg), with about 80.000 citizens. 

Interesting and fun facts about  Luxembourg-Geography of Luxembourg

Location: Western Europe, between France and Germany

Area: 2,586 sq km

Luxembourg bigger than Monaco, Vatican City, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra and San Marino.

Land boundaries: Belgium 130 km, France 69 km, Germany 128 km
total: 327 km.

Elevation: lowest point: Moselle River 133 m

highest point: Buurgplaatz 559 m

Land use: 
Land use: arable land: 24%

Forest:  One-third of the country is covered in forests. 33.5% 

Interesting and fun facts about  Luxembourg-Luxembourg Population

Population: 628,400

Ethnic groups: Luxembourger 51%, Portuguese 16%, French 8%, Italian 4%, Belgian 4%, German 2%, Spanish 1%, British 1%, other
A big portion of those is immigrants. There are over 150 different nationalities in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg is a small country, but has 3 official languages.
Luxembourgish (official administrative and judicial language and national language (spoken vernacular)) 56%, Portuguese 16%, French (official administrative, judicial, and legislative language) 12%, German (official administrative and judicial language) 3%, Italian 3%, English 2%.

Luxembourg is a secular state, but the state recognises certain religions as officially religions.
Christian (predominantly Roman Catholic) 70%, Muslim 3%, other includes Jewish) 0.5%.

Age structure: Luxembourg population is aging
Luxembourg population is aging, like most EU countries, and this is expected to worsen in the coming years. 
25-54 years: 44%
55-64 years: 12.5% 
65 years and over: 15.5% 

Life expectancy: 
male: 80.1 years
female: 85.2 years

Interesting and fun facts about  Luxembourg-Economy of Luxembourg

Luxembourg is the Third richest country in the world
This small, stable, high-income economy, low inflation, and low unemployment.
GDP (purchasing power parity): over $62 billion  (official exchange rate) field listing
$62.53 billion (2017 est.)
GDP - real growth rate: 2.3% 
The country topped the $105,000 mark in per capita GDP 
Gross national saving: 22.3% of GDP
Education expenditures: 4% of GDP 
Luxembourg collectively spent nearly 7% of its Gross Domestic Product on health
Sanitation facility access: 100% of population.

Interesting and fun facts about  Luxembourg-Luxembourg etymology

The country and its capital city were named after a 10th-century castle.
Siegfried I commissioned the construction of Lucilinburhuc, a historic castle known today as the Luxembourg Castle. 
The name derives from the Celtic "lucilem" (little) and the German "burg" (castle or fortress) to produce the meaning of the "little castle"
The anglicized version of Lucilinburhuc is Luxembourg.

Interesting and fun facts about  Luxembourg-The city of Luxembourg is UNESCO World Heritage

Luxembourg was one of the greatest fortified sites in Europe for many centuries. 
The fortifications were partially demolished but most of it remains intact today. This serves as one of the best examples of military architecture that spanned several centuries.
The fortifications of the Old City of Luxembourg and its ancient quarters have been part of the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage since 1994.
The remains can still be visited today and are a unique tourist attraction in Europe with 17 km underground tunnels which can be partly accessed from two different locations in the centre of Luxembourg.

Interesting and fun facts about  Luxembourg-Luxembourg is the only remaining Grand Duchy in the World.

Luxembourg is the only remaining Grand Duchy in the World. It was established as such by the Congress of Vienna in 1815.
Congress of Vienna which dealt with the political aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars.
During the 19th century there were 14 grand duchies in Europe. At present Luxembourg is the only one left.
The current monarch is Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg since 2000.

More Interesting and fun facts about Luxembourg

On  2020 Luxembourg became the first country to introduce no-charge public transportation.
The number of cars per 1000 persons amount to 680.
Administrative divisions: 12 cantons.



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