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Luxembourg

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By the time that Luxembourg’s independence was finally confirmed in 1867, however, the Grand Duchy was left with such a tiny territory that its people had to look across its borders for economic survival. This has resulted in a cosmopolitan attitude, which has survived to the present day and is exemplified not only by the fact that the country has the highest percentage of foreigners of any EU country, but also by the trilingual ability of its people. Luxembourg is an attractive country with a green and picturesque landscape and many historical sites within easy reach of one another.

Practical Information

Area: 2 586 km² (999 miles²)

Capital: Luxembourg-Ville. Population: 82 000

Population: 465,000

Currency: Euro (Eur) = 100 cents

Government: Constitutional monarchy. Luxembourg is a founding member of the European Union and the only Grand Duchy in the world.

Tipping: Bills generally include service, but a rounding up is often given.

Legal drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in bars is 17, and anyone younger than 17 must be accompanied by an adult in cafes and bars

Time zone: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October)

Languages: Lëtzeburgesch

Additional descriptions

Luxembourg: Social customs

Handshaking is the normal greeting. The code of practice for visiting someone’s home is similar to other Western European countries: it is acceptable to give gifts or flowers if invited for a meal. Smart-casualRead more dress is widely acceptable, but some dining rooms, clubs and social functions will demand formal attire. Smoking is prohibited where notified and is becoming increasingly unacceptable.

Luxembourg: Food and local specialties

Luxembourg cooking combines German heartiness with Franco-Belgian finesse. The preparation of trout, pike and crayfish is excellent, as are the pastries and cakes. Delicious desserts are prepared with local liqueurs, and a dash of quetsch, mirabelle or kirsch is added to babas or fruit cups. Most aspects of restaurants and bars are similar to the rest of Europe. Luxembourg’s white Moselle wines resemble those of the Rhine, but are drier than the fruitier wines of the French Moselle. Beer is another speciality and is a traditional industry. The national specialties are: Carré de porc fumé (smoked pork and broad beans or sauerkraut). Cochon de lait en gelée (jellied suckling pig). Jambon d’Ardennes (famous smoked Ardennes ham). Tarte aux quetsches. Omelette soufflée au kirsch. Bofferding, Diekirch Mousel and Simon (beer). Eau de vie (45 to 50% alcohol). Read more local liqueurs, and a dash of quetsch, mirabelle or kirsch is added to babas or fruit cups. Most aspects of restaurants and bars are similar to the rest of Europe. Luxembourg’s white Moselle wines resemble those of the Rhine, but are drier than the fruitier wines of the French Moselle. Beer is another speciality and is a traditional industry. The national specialties are: Carré de porc fumé (smoked pork and broad beans or sauerkraut). Cochon de lait en gelée (jellied suckling pig). Jambon d’Ardennes (famous smoked Ardennes ham). Tarte aux quetsches. Omelette soufflée au kirsch. Bofferding, Diekirch Mousel and Simon (beer). Eau de vie (45 to 50% alcohol).

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