Luxembourg @ the heart of Europe
Facts about Luxembourg
Official name: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
National holiday: 23 June ✒ Languages
National language: Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch) Administrative language: French, German and Luxembourgish
Area: 2,586 sq kilometres / 999 sq miles (49.50% agricultural /
Neighbouring countries: Germany, Belgium and France
Capital city: Luxembourg
Administrative subdivisions: 3 districts (Luxembourg, Diekirch and Grevenmacher) 12 cantons and 118 town council areas (communes)
Temperate: From May to mid-October, the temperatures are particularly pleasant. Whereas May and June are the sunniest months, July and August are the hottest. In September and October, Luxembourg often experiences its own “Indian Summer”.
Total population: 562,958 inhabitants, 94,000 of whom live in the City of Luxembourg. Over 248,900 (45.3%) people out of the total population are of foreign origin (source: STATEC 2015).
Form of government: Constitutional Monarchy under a system
of Parliamentary Democracy
Head of State: HRH Grand Duke Henri (since 7 October 2000) Head of government: Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister
Currency: Euro (€)
Unemployment rate in March 2015: 6.9%
Inflation rate in 2014: 0.7%
Number of banks in 2015: 150 banks
Time Zone: UTC +1
Main Indutries: Arcelor Mittal, SES, RTL Broadcasting
Touristic Sector: 6.5% of GDP and 19,500 employees
Findel International Airport –Luxembourg City (7,6 km – 13 minutes by car)
Luxembourg Railway station – Luxembourg City (2 km – 5 minutes by car)
Highway routes from Germany, Belgium and France – Luxembourg City
10 Good reasons to choose Luxembourg
1. LUXEMBOURG, A COUNTRY WITH A HUMAN DIMENSION
The Grand Duchy is one of the few European countries to present and foster the human dimension. This means all its hotels, its tourism and its business infrastructure are within easy reach, which represents a major advantage for MICE organizers: the costs and loss of time associated with lengthy journeys are not on the Luxembourg agenda.
2. LUXEMBOURG, NEARBY AND EASY TO REACH
Strategically located in the heart of Europe, Luxembourg is above all a close destination with extremely easy access. Linked to the rest of Europe by a rst-class road network, numerous air connections from its international airport and excellent rail connections (e.g. TGV from Paris), Luxembourg is easily accessible from anywhere in Europe.
3. LUXEMBOURG, FIRST-CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE
Throughout the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - be it the capital city or the regions throughout the country - you will nd modern and well-equipped conference and meeting infrastructures to suit your requirements and expectations. Venues provide high-quality, frequently modular and easily personalized facilities equipped with the latest communication technologies, allowing for easy organization of meetings, seminars, exhibitions and other corporate events.
4. LUXEMBOURG, PERFECTLY SAFE
The Grand Duchy holds a trump card when it comes to political stability and the safety of people and property. Mercer’s annual Quality of Living Survey places Luxembourg among the safest capital cities in the world. In choosing Luxembourg, you will have one worry less on your agenda.
5. LUXEMBOURG, EUROPEAN CAPITAL
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is one of the most dynamic founding members of Benelux and the European Union. Today, Luxembourg can proudly boast of being not only an internationally important economic and nancial hub, but also a European capital and home to numerous international institutions. In organizing your conference or corporate event in Luxembourg, you will be able to bene t from the destination’s infrastructure and know-how, part of which directly or indirectly results from Luxembourg’s long-term role as a European capital.
6. LUXEMBOURG, EXTREME DIVERSITY
No other European country can boast so much diversity within so small an area. Luxembourg not only offers a multitude of lovingly preserved natural landscapes but it also bears constant witness to its rich history as well as its outstanding architectural, cultural and industrial heritage (prestigious museums, historic castles, exhibition halls and art galleries). A number of these sites have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage.
7. LUXEMBOURG, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ABOVE ALL
Preserving its natural sites, harmoniously developing its urban centres, promoting the pure quality of everyday life, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a staunch adherent to the principles of sustainable development. Well aware of the richness of its natural, cultural and human resources as well as its extraordinary diversity, its people always bear the needs and the wellbeing of future generations in mind.
8. LUXEMBOURG, FASCINATING NATURE
The Grand Duchy encourages a real return to nature. From the wine-growing slopes of the Moselle Valley to the rugged hilltops of the Ardennes, via the famous Land of the Red Earth still bearing the marks of a glorious industrial era, the rocky outcrops of Luxembourg’s “Little Switzerland” or the verdant Gutland at the heart of which nestles the City of Luxembourg: the country offers a multitude of sumptuous landscapes.
9. LUXEMBOURG, A LAND OF REGIONAL PRODUCE
Wine and sparkling wine from the Moselle Valley, beer, honey, spelt-based products, meat and delicatessen products, butter, aromatic herbs, etc., Luxembourg’s local gourmet produce of the nest quality has long been renowned and appreciated. In most cases, the produce is protected by labels certifying their 100% Luxembourg origin and/or their organic quality. Moreover, Luxembourg is the country with the highest number of prestigious and starred restaurants per capita worldwide. You are offered a culinary panorama of extraordinary diversity and a level of quality rarely encountered elsewhere. From the traditional rustic inn, via the cosy and convivial brasserie, to the most acclaimed restaurant, Luxembourg’s cuisine is varied, of the highest quality and generously served.
10. LUXEMBOURG, A MULTICULTURAL AND MULTILINGUAL COUNTRY
Luxembourg is a land of meeting and exchange, where more than one third of the local population hold
a foreign passport. In excess of 150 different nationalities live in Luxembourg: Portuguese, French, Italians, Belgians, Germans, etc. The country’s linguistic system is based on the use of three administrative languages: Luxembourgish, French and German, with English widely spoken. Its geographic location places Luxembourg City less than half an hour away from France, Belgium and Germany. This amazing mixture of nationalities and cultures re ects in all aspects of Luxembourg society through the use of languages, in gastronomy, the arts, leisure, sports, etc.