Area: 2586 sq km (999 sq miles)
Population Growth Rate: 1.25% (2002 est.)
Population Density: 170.1 per sq km
Ethnicity / Race:
a German-Moselle-Frankish dialect, became the
officially recognised national language in 1984.
French and German are generally used for administrative
and commercial purposes. Many Luxembourgers also
Currency: Single European currency
(Euro): The Euro is now the official currency
of 12 EU member states (including Luxembourg).
The first Euro coins and notes were introduced
in January 2002; the Luxembourg Franc was completely
replaced by the Euro on 28 February 2002. Euro
(€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations
of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins
are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50,
20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Religion: Around 91 per cent
Roman Catholic, with Protestant, Anglican and
Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from
last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz.
Health: Rabies may be present
in wildlife. For those at high risk, vaccination
before arrival should be considered. If you are
bitten, seek medical advice without delay. For
more information, consult the Health appendix.
Customs: The code of practice
for visiting someone’s home is similar to
other Western European countries: it is acceptable
to give gifts or flowers if invited for a meal.
Smart-casual dress is widely acceptable, but some
dining rooms, clubs and social functions will
demand formal attire. Evening wear, black tie
(for men) is usually specified on invitation if
required. Smoking is prohibited where notified
and is becoming increasingly unacceptable.