Among our neighbours, Luxembourg does not necessarily stand out. It’s not really a favorite destination for holidays like Spain, Italy or England, beer is not famous there like in Germany, nor chocolate or watches like in Switzerland, there is no There’s no sea or ocean and anyway it’s so small you can barely see it on the map. But all the more reason to be interested in it, isn’t it?
1. Luxembourg is the only Grand Duchy in the world
Luxembourgers are not governed by a president or a king, but by a Grand Duke (and a Prime Minister). Not an owl no no, but a human being whose title indicates the position, either just below the king, but above a simple duke. And given that in Luxembourg there is no king (the full name of the country is also Grand Duchy of Luxembourg). Currently, his name is Henry. He succeeded Jean and later entrusted the reins to Guillaume. Yes, in Luxembourg, heads of state do not have surnames. Like Seal or Madonna.
2. It’s the safest country on the planet
The statistics have spoken! A country which also has some 1,300 police officers for just over 590,000 inhabitants and only two prisons.
3. It’s all green
More than a third of the territory is covered with forests which makes it one of the countries with the most forests. Lack of luck, more than half of these woods are private. Luxembourgers who have money like to keep the best mushroom spots.
4. Luxembourgers voted 83% for same-sex marriage
A survey carried out in 2013 which encouraged the government to make it official in 2014. Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister, was also the first head of state to take advantage of the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015.
5. It’s a cosmopolitan country
More than half of the inhabitants of Luxembourg are foreigners. There are approximately 170 different nationalities throughout the territory. The Portuguese are the most numerous, representing just over 16% of the population. Luxembourg, which logically has three official languages: Luxembourgish, French and German.
6. Almost half of the Luxembourg workforce comes from other countries
Many French people, Germans and Belgians in particular, cross the border every day or every week to work in Luxembourg. They are the most numerous French people, more than 78,000 of whom have made this choice.
7. Luxembourg is the richest country in the world
If we rely on GDP per capita, which amounts to exactly €100,319,168. It is closely followed by Norway and Qatar, which was first in the ranking for a long time.
8. This is where the pay is best
In Luxembourg, the minimum income is the highest in all of Europe. It is also one of the countries that pay the best teachers. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
9. But it’s also where we are most unhappy
Weird weird… Despite the money, the forests and everything and everything, Luxembourg does not take off and stagnates in the ranking of the happiest countries in the world according to the Happy Planet index, which positioned Costa Rica in first place.
10. Vegetarian Hell
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations had fun listing the countries that consumed the most barbaque. Unsurprisingly, the United States comes first, but Luxembourg, with almost 108 kg of meat consumed per year and per person, is not far behind.
Did you know ? The national motto of Luxembourg is: We want to remain what we are”.