Infos about Luxembourg

Although the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a rather small country, it is an exceptional place for a conference its unparalleled accessibility from Belgium, France and Germany, its role as a cradle for the concept of a unified Europe, and its ability to successfully combine classic and modern architecture.

Luxembourg has a population of about 500.000 and its territory is 998 square miles in size. This makes it one of the smallest countries in the world, ranking at 170th place in size of all 194 independent countries of the world. The Grand Duchy is the last remaining sovereign grand duchy in the world, has a representative democracy, and is ruled by Grand Duke Henri of Nassau.

The country has an oceanic climate, which means that summers and winters are mild and precipitation is rather high, especially in late summer. Luxembourg food is heavily influenced by its neighbors, so in a Luxembourg restaurant you will find typical Luxembourg food such “Judd mat Gaardebounen” (Pork with green beans typically served with potatoes) alongside French-inspired dishes such as, “escargots” and “fois gras” for example, and next to variations of German classics such as “Lëtzebuerger Grillwurst” (Luxembourg sausage).

Luxembourg is founding member of the European Union and a land with open borders, which means that you do not need to carry your passport with you all the time. The currency here is also Euros. Therefore you do not need to exchange money when leaving the country to go to Germany, Belgium or France. Should you decide to stay in Luxembourg city, be sure to visit the Bock promontory, which together with the „Feschmaarkt“ (Fish market) is one of the oldest parts of the Grand Duchy. The Bock promontory is the birthplace of Luxembourg, here in 963 its founding stones were laid down by Count Siegfrid of the Ardennes. Both the promontory and the fish market are also part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Luxembourg is a multilingual country. Most Luxembourgish people speak German, French and English. However, in daily life it is very common to hear Lëtzebuergesch, the local language. In gastronomy French is the most common language. In daily situations, people agree on a language after greeting. To break the ice, you can use the Luxembourgish word “Moien” to start conversations. It can be used as “Hello” all day long. Furthermore, Luxembourg is a multicultural country. The ethnic mix of the population is 63.1% Luxembourg, 13.3% Portuguese, 7.3% other European ethnicities, 5.2% other ethnicities, 4.5% French, 4.3% Italian and 2.3% German. This multiculturalism also shows in its culture, for example every year during summer the MeYouZik world music festival features bands from all across the globe.

Extensive information about the many, culinary offers of Luxembourg City can be found in the info brochures, which you received in your bag at the registration desk.

You may find more information on the country of Luxemburg here.