This collection of Luxembourg fun facts reveals that this tiny country is bigger on the inside! Here's some cool things about Luxembourg you might not know.
Luxembourg may be a small country, but it punches well above its weight when it comes to natural beauty and outdoor activities. There's endless opportunities for cycling, hiking, and kayaking, especially in the Mullerthal region of Luxembourg.
But what do you really know about Luxembourg? These fun facts about Luxembourg are just what you need to give a taste of what to expect!
Luxembourg is one of those countries that most people in Europe have heard of, but few have actually visited.
They might have skirted around the edges or even cut across it in a car without realising, but spending time there? Why do that, it's just a city and nothing else, right?
Wrong! Luxembourg City may be the heart of the country, but there is so much more to it than that. In fact, my rough calculations revealed that only 1 person in 4 or 5 lives in the city. The rest live out in the countryside in the small towns and villages that dot the landscape.There's also a lot of castles in Luxembourg. Approximately 130 of them according to some sources. Countryside + castles + outdoor activities? I hope you're adding Luxembourg to your bucket list now!
Luxembourg Fun Facts
To give you a better taste of Luxembourg is all about, I've gathered together a few weird and wonderful facts. Some of these may come as a surprise!
1. Luxembourg is the richest country in the world (kind of)
According to the International Monetary Fund, Luxembourg is the top of the list of per capita nominal GDP for countries in 2019. What does that mean? I have no idea, I'm a travel writer not an economist! Find out more here: List of countries by GDP (nominal) per capita
2. Is Luxembourg expensive?
Yes. No. Kind of. Keep in mind I live in Greece where a bottle of water is priced at 50 cents, so when you see them selling at 3 Euros a bottle in Luxembourg, it always comes as a shock!
Of course, there are plenty of other European countries that charge that much as well. If you come from any northern European country, you’ll probably find prices in Luxembourg to be pretty much comparable to your homeland.
3. Luxembourg has the highest minimum wage in Europe
Given the first two facts about Luxembourg, it should hardly come as a surprise that it has the highest minimum wage. Effective from the 1st of January, the minimum monthly wage is a whopping 2,141.99 Euro per month!
4. What currency do they use in Luxembourg?
If the above Luxembourg fact about the minimum wage hadn't given it away, the currency in Luxembourg is the Euro. Before that, they used the Luxembourgish franc.
5. What is Luxembourg actually called?
Good question! Quite often in English we call a country by one name, but the residents know it by another! The official name of Luxembourg is – the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
6. What is a Duchy?
A Duchy is the territory of a Duke or Duchess. It is not to be confused with a ‘Dutchie' as immortalised by reggae band Musical Youth in their amazing song ‘Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side'.
What is a duchy in the song pass the dutchie? It's actually a Jamaican cooking pot. Why would they pass this along? I think we're getting sidetracked here. Let's carry on with more Luxembourg facts!
7. How big is Luxembourg?
Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in the world, but not THE smallest.
Its area is approximately 2500 square kilometres, which by bizarre coincidence makes it about the same size as my home county of Northamptonshire in England. It only has two thirds of the population though, at 575,000 inhabitants.
8. What language do they speak in Luxembourg?
The plucky people of Luxembourg literally speak every language ever invented, plus one they made up themselves called Luxembourgish. You’ll hear French, German, Dutch, and English spoken all over the place, often mixed together in the same conversation.
Is communication a problem? You’d have to work pretty hard not to make yourself understood. Unless you come from Newcastle in England.
9. Is Luxembourg flat?
Not really. The Mullerthal region in particular is quite hilly, so much so that they have styled it ‘Little Switzerland'. This makes cycling there great fun! There'll be a blog post about cycling and hiking in the Mullerthal region of Luxembourg going live over the next weeks!
10. Are there any famous people from Luxembourg?
I'm still working on this one. None are springing to mind!!!
Why did I visit Luxembourg?
I was invited out to Luxembourg by Luxembourg for Tourism as part of their Best of Outdoors campaign. The idea, was that they would show me the highlights of Luxembourg in regards to outdoor activities, and I would then share my experiences with you.
Over the course of four days, I hiked, cycled, stayed at glamping sites, and ate some VERY good food! You can read more about it here – Luxembourg – A 3 day outdoor adventure itinerary.
Where is Luxembourg?
You could argue that Luxembourg is almost at the heart of Western Europe. You might be wrong though. Its surrounding neighbours are Germany, France and Belgium.
My Impressions of Luxembourg
After spending four days visiting different parts of Luxembourg, I was left with several strong impressions.
Firstly, it is a lot greener than I imagined. There's plenty of countryside, protected areas, forests and more. There didn't seem to be many people in the green bits either, which was nice!
Secondly, Luxembourg is an an outdoor adventure lovers ideal destination. There are quiet roads and marked routes for cycling, hiking trails, kayaking, and plenty of other adventure activities to choose from.
Thirdly, it seems that much like Dr. Who's Tardis, Luxembourg is bigger on the inside. Perhaps their marketing department should use that slogan? Luxembourg – Bigger on the inside. Yeah, I like that.
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