Here are some interesting Luxembourg Facts for Kids which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.
Luxembourg is a small landlocked country in Western Europe. The capital city is called Luxembourg City.
Luxembourg shares borders with Belgium, France and Germany. The longest border is shared with Belgium. The Moselle Rivers forms the eastern border to Germany.
Here are some more Luxembourg facts and geography superlatives:
Luxembourg is slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island in the USA - or slightly smaller than the islands of Comoros or Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
Luxembourg City is known for its medieval fortress and the old town at the foot of the fortress.
The oldest bridge of Luxembourg City is the Viaduct Bridge with its 24 arches and 30 m/ 98 ft high pillars.
Explore the underground labyrinth 'Bock Casemates' which is a tunnel system that was carved out of rock in the 17th century when the Spanish ruled the area. This also gave Luxembourg the name 'Gibraltar of the North'!
The Moselle Valley, also spelt as Musel, at the border to Germany is a well-known wine region.
Vianden Castle: There are many romantic castles and ruins in the small country but this one is probably the most favourite with families. The large medieval castle is one of the major attractions of the country and often named among the most beautiful castles in the world. In Vianden, you can even ride the chairlift up to a special platform and admire the city, valley and castle!
The scenic Mullerthal (or Mëllerdall) is also referred to as 'Little Switzerland' due to the rocky hillsides and rivers, waterfalls and streams.
Red Lands or Land of the Red Rocks in the country's southwestern parts is a region where industry dominates and the largest towns such as Esch and Differdange are found.
Luxembourg has a monarch. Grand Duke Henri (born 1955) is married to Cuban born María Teresa and they have five children.
Among the most famous Luxembourgers are:
Luxembourg is a multicultural society. About people commute to work every day from the neighbouring countries. And there is a large international community coming from over 170 countries. In fact about half of the population are foreigners! The largest foreign community is Portuguese speaking (15%).
Luxembourg has three official languages: Luxembourgish, French and German. French is the main language in the city while also English is spoken in many institutions and offices of the European Union that are based in the city.
The Luxembourgish or Lëtzebuergesch sounds a bit like Dutch and also is a mix of French and German.
Here some words in Luxembourgish:
Luxembourg City is a multilingual city and in many touristy places people not only speak French, Dutch and German but also English and some even Portuguese, Spanish or Italian. Luxembourg City is home to more foreigners (70%) than Luxembourg citizens!
Portuguese is one of the most spoken foreign community languages and mother tongue of almost 15% of the people! All children in Luxembourg learn at least three foreign languages at school.
Luxembourg is one of the co-founders of the European Union and the headquarters of many of the financial and legal institutions of the European Union are based in Luxembourg. Read more about the EU on our EU Facts page here.
The European Investment Bank is owned by the EU member states and based in Luxembourg.
Many international corporates have their headquarters in Luxembourg as the country offers the lowest company tax rates. Among the biggest companies in Luxembourg are the world's largest steelmaker Arcelor Mittal, Europe's largest broadcaster RTL (Radio Télévision Luxembourg) as well as Amazon, Paypal and Skype.
Luxembourg's main trading partners are France, Germany, and Belgium.
The main export products of Luxembourg are steel products, machinery, chemicals and diamonds.
The Luxembourg cuisine is an international mix of foods from the region and neighbouring countries and those of the international residents.
French and German specialties can be found in many restaurants. Although many call food in Luxembourg calorie-rich and heavy, there are also lighter dishes which cater for vegetarians as well... though not the national dish: "Judd mat Gaardebounen".
Here some typical Luxembourg food:
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