As the saying goes, ‘good things come in small packages’ and as one of the smallest countries in the world, Luxembourg is also one the wealthiest, most liberated, and one of the safest places to live.
With a rich colorful history, the country certainly packs a big punch when it comes to its beauty and culture. The grand duchy of Luxembourg is landlocked by Belgium, Germany, and France and its culture is clearly influenced by all three.
The capital, Luxembourg City is where many of the country’s top attractions can be found all within an easy walking distance. Notable sites of interest include Luxembourg Catacombs, Old Quarter of Luxembourg City, National Museum of History and Arts, Bock Casemates Tunnels, Mondorf-Les-Bains, Cheveux Castle/Abbey, Berdorf Rocks, Parc Merveilleux, Beaufort Castle, Hollienfels Castle, and the royal Grand Ducal Palace.
Luxembourg only gets approximately 61 days of sunshine every year, but generally, the country’s climate is very favorable all year long. Interestingly, they have the highest consumption of wine per capita out of any country in Europe, and also have the highest rate of car ownership at about 650 cars per 1,000 residents. The national animal of Luxembourg is the Goldcrest Bird and the Lion.
Culturewise, Luxembourgers are quite unique in that they coalesce their French and German history but still maintain their authentic Luxembourgish native identity.
To a differing degree of devotion, about 87% of the population identify as Roman Catholic, the remaining number is a group of non-denominational Christians and non-religious people. They are also the last country to have the formal dancing procession celebrated on ‘Wit Tuesday’, the day after Pentecost.
Some of the top dishes of the country might include, ‘Gromperekichelchen’ which is a fried potato pancake, ‘Judd mat Gaardebounen’ which is boiled pork meat with beans, ‘Boxmännchen’ which are brioche pastries, and ‘Kachkeis’ which is a type of French cheese but with a runny consistency.
Luxembourg is incredibly open to foreigners, the country has a 44.5% of residents from foreign backgrounds. The country rates very high on the freedom scale, ranking as the 14th most free country in the world making its passport 15th in the world.
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