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Luxembourg

Background

Luxembourg

Founded in 963, Luxembourg became a grand duchy in 1815 and an independent state under the Netherlands. It lost more than half of its territory to Belgium in 1839 but gained a larger measure of autonomy. Full independence was attained in 1867. Overrun by Germany in both world wars, it ended its neutrality in 1948 when it entered into the Benelux Customs Union and when it joined NATO the following year. In 1957, Luxembourg became one of the six founding countries of the European Economic Community (later the European Union), and in 1999 it joined the euro currency area.

About

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Luxembourgish: Groussherzogtum Lëtzebuerg, French:Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, German: Großherzogtum Luxemburg), is a landlocked country in the Benelux bordered by Belgium, France and Germany, lying at the crossroad of Germanic and Latin cultures. It is the only Grand Duchy in the world and is the second-smallest of the European Union member states.

With a successful steel, finance and high technology industry, a strategic location at the heart of Western Europe, more natural beauty than you might expect given its size, and as one of the top three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg enjoys a very high standard of living and has prices to match!

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LuxembourgSofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal 

40 Bd D'avranches
Luxembourg 1160
Luxembourg

Price (US$): $195 - $454 / night

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Location. Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal is a business friendly hotel located in Luxembourg's Luxembourg Station neighborhood, close to National Museum of Natural History, Hotel de la Chambre, and Grand Ducal Palace. Additional points of interest include Luxembourg City Hall and Place Guillaume II. Hotel Features. Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand Ducal's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet… more »

LuxembourgSofitel Luxembourg Europe 

4, Rue du Fort Niedergruenewald
Plateau de Kirchberg
Luxembourg 2015
Luxembourg

Price (US$): $262 - $444 / night

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Location. Located in Luxembourg, Sofitel Luxembourg Europe is near the airport and close to Luxembourg Congress Center, European Court of Justice, and Grand Ducal Palace. Additional points of interest include Casemates du Bock and National Museum of Art and History. Hotel Features. Dining options at Sofitel Luxembourg Europe include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a 24 hour fitness facility. This 5 star… more »

LuxembourgLe Royal Hotels & Resorts - Luxembourg 

12 Boulevard Royal
Luxembourg 2449
Luxembourg

Price (US$): $241 - $424 / night

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Location. Located in central Luxembourg, Le Royal Hotels & Resorts Luxembourg is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Place d'Armes, Luxembourg City Hall, and Place Guillaume II. Additional points of interest include Grand Ducal Palace and Hotel de la Chambre. Hotel Features. Dining options at Le Royal Hotels & Resorts Luxembourg include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts in the… more »

LuxembourgDoubletree by Hilton Luxembourg 

12 Rue Jean Engling
Luxembourg 1466
Luxembourg

Price (US$): $182 - $321 / night

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Location. Located in Luxembourg, Doubletree by Hilton Luxembourg is near the airport and close to Plateau du Kirchberg, Luxexpo, and European Court of Justice. Additional points of interest include Grand Ducal Palace and Casemates du Bock. Hotel Features. Doubletree by Hilton Luxembourg's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. Spa… more »

LuxembourgMercure Kikuoka Golf Club Hotel 

Scheierhaff
Canach
Lenningen 5412
Luxembourg

Price (US$): $106 - $173 / night

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Location. Mercure Kikuoka Golf Club Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in Lenningen's Canach neighborhood and local attractions include Caves of Saint Martin and American Cemetery and Memorial. Regional points of interest also include Casemates du Bock and National Museum of Art and History. Hotel Features. Mercure Kikuoka Golf Club Hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an indoor pool, a sauna and a… more »

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Luxembourg

Full name
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Capital
Luxembourg
Location

Western Europe, between France and Germany

Geographic coordinates

49 45 N, 6 10 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Rhode Island

Border countries

Belgium 148 km, France 73 km, Germany 138 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

modified continental with mild winters, cool summers

Terrain

mostly gently rolling uplands with broad, shallow valleys; uplands to slightly mountainous in the north; steep slope down to Moselle flood plain in the southeast

Lowest point

Moselle River 133 m

Highest point

Buurgplaatz 559 m

Natural resources

iron ore (no longer exploited), arable land

Population

497,538 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Luxembourger 63.1%, Portuguese 13.3%, French 4.5%, Italian 4.3%, German 2.3%, other EU 7.3%, other 5.2% (2000 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 87%, other (includes Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 13% (2000)

Languages

Luxembourgish (national language), German (administrative language), French (administrative language)

Government type

constitutional monarchy

Independence

1839 (from the Netherlands)

National holiday

National Day (Birthday of Grand Duchess Charlotte) 23 June; note - the actual date of birth was 23 January 1896, but the festivities were shifted by five months to allow observance during a more favorable time of year

Chief of state

Grand Duke HENRI (since 7 October 2000); Heir Apparent Prince GUILLAUME (son of the monarch, born 11 November 1981)

Head of government

Prime Minister Jean-Claude JUNCKER (since 20 January 1995); Deputy Prime Minister Jean ASSELBORN (since 31 July 2004)

Internet country code

.lu

Internet users

424,500 (2009)

Airports

2 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Mertert

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