Presentation on theme: "LUXEMBOURG Founded in 963, Luxembourg became a grand duchy in 1815 The only grand duchy in existence today Full independence was attained in 1867 from."— Presentation transcript:
LUXEMBOURG Founded in 963, Luxembourg became a grand duchy in 1815 The only grand duchy in existence today Full independence was attained in 1867 from the Netherlands. Overrun by Germany in both world wars, it ended its neutrality in 1948 and joined NATO in 1949. In 1957, Luxembourg became one of the six founding countries of what is now the European Union In 1999 it began to use the euro currency.
Location: Western Europe, between France and Germany Area: total: 998 sq mi Slightly smaller than Rhode Island Coastline: 0 km (landlocked) Climate: modified continental with mild winters, cool summers lowest point: Moselle River highest point: Buurgplaatz Nationality: Luxembourger Languages: Luxembourgish, German, French
Luxembourgish Moien - Hello Addi or a voir – Goodbye Merci – Thank you Entschellegt – Excuse me Wannechglift – Please Pardon – Sorry
New Year's Day 1 January Carnival 23 February Good Friday Easter Monday May Day 1 May Ascension Day 21 May Whit Monday June National Day 23 June Assumption Day 15 August Luxembourg City Fete 31 August All Saints Day 1 November All Souls Day 2 November Christmas Day 25 December St. Stephen's Day 26 December
Population: 503,302 (July 2011) Official name: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Government: Constitutional monarchy Capital: Luxembourg Chief of State: Grand Duke Henri (2000-present) Heir Apparent: Prince Guillaume Head of Government: Prime Minister The Grand Duke can perform executive duties – he has more power to act than other monarchs we have so far discussed
Flag adopted 1972 Blue color specified as bright blue Current design first used in 1845 Luxembourg is a landlocked Nation having no coastline