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Countries of the World: Luxembourg
Resources about Luxembourg including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Luxembourg GDP (2008): 36.7 billion ($54 billion). Currency: euro (). Exchange rate (September 2010): 1 = U.S. $1.269. Annual growth rate (2009): -4.1% (down from 6.5% in 2007). Per capita income (2009, purchasing power parity): $74,430. Inflation rate (2010): 2.5%. Natural resources: Iron ore, timber. Agriculture (2008: 0.4% of GDP): Dairy, wine, forestry, animal feed crops. Arable land--24%; forested land--21%. Services (2008: 83.3% of GDP): Banking and financial services predominate. Industry (2008: 8.6% of GDP): Steel, chemicals. Trade (2008): Exports--$15 billion: steel and other metallic products, chemicals, processed wood products, machinery and other manufactured equipment. Major markets--other European Union countries (esp. Germany, France, and Belgium). Imports-- $24.22 billion: Machinery and other manufactured equipment, raw materials, chemicals, food products. Major suppliers-- other European Union countries (esp. Belgium, Germany, and France).

Geography of Luxembourg Area: 2,586 sq. km. (999 sq. mi.; about the size of Rhode Island). Cities: Capital--Luxembourg City (pop. 91,000). Other cities-- Esch-sur-Alzette (pop. 30,000), Differdange (pop. 22,000), Dudelange (pop. 19,000). (2010 figures from National Statistical Institute of Luxembourg--STATEC) Terrain: Continuation of Belgian Ardennes in the north, heavily forested and slightly mountainous; extension of French Lorraine plateau in the south, with open, rolling countryside. Climate: Modified continental, rainy, with mild summers and moderate snowfall in winter.

Government of Luxembourg Type: Constitutional monarchy. Independence: 1839. Constitution: 1868. Branches: Executive--Grand Duke (head of state, ceremonial), Prime Minister (head of government). Legislative--unicameral parliament (Chamber of Deputies with Council of State serving as a consultative body). Judicial--Superior Court. Political parties in parliament: Christian Social Union (CSV), Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP), Democratic Party (DP), Green Party, Alternative Democratic Reform Party (ADR). Suffrage: Universal over age of 18. Government budget (2009): 9.265 billion ($12.91 billion).

Map of Luxembourg This Map of Luxembourg shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Luxembourg City the capital of Luxembourg. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Luxembourg The Official Name of Luxembourg is the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Luxembourg Nationality: Noun--Luxembourger(s). Adjective-- Luxembourgian, Luxembourgish. Population (2010): 502,066. Annual growth rate (2009): 2%. Ethnic groups: Celtic base with French and German blend; significant communities of ethnic Portuguese, Italians, French, Belgians, and Germans. Religion: Historically and predominantly Roman Catholic. However, Luxembourgian law forbids the collection of data on religious practices. Official languages: Luxembourgish, French, and German; English is widely spoken. Education: Years compulsory--9. Attendance--100%. Literacy-- 99%. Health: Life expectancy (2010)--Avg. 79.03 years; males 77.6 years; females 82.7 years. Infant mortality rate (2010)-- 2.5/1,000. Labor force (2008): 348,700, of which 146,300 commuted from neighboring countries. European Union institutions employ nearly 10,000. Financial--28%, trade--26%, industry--11%, construction--11%, agriculture--1.5%, other (including government, education, and healthcare)--22%. Unemployment rate (2009): 6.1%, up from 4.5% in 2006.

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