Luxembourg

Luxembourg holds the sixth place for being the smallest country in the world measuring only 84 kilometres length wise and 52 kilometres wide. Though so small, Luxembourg still has its own national language: Lëtzebuergesch. Luxembourg also has the highest number of expats; over 30% of the 436.000 residents are foreign.

Luxembourg used to be owned by William 1st, the king of the Netherlands in 1814. William 1st owned the kingdom of the Netherlands as well as Belgium and Luxembourg but when in 1830 Belgium broke off, Luxembourg soon got independent too. The country declared itself neutral in international affairs but after its Nazi occupation it joined several economic, politic and military organizations like the NATO and United Nations. As Belgium, Luxembourg is home to some of these organisations. Also in this period the Benelux union was formed between Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. The Benelux served as a model for today’s European Union.

Besides Lëtzebuergesch, most people speak German and French. Both languages are commonly used in newspapers and other media. French is often used in schools so bilingual schoolkids are not uncommon. English should get you by in tourist towns and places.

Another peculiar in Luxembourg is Belgium francs are easily accepted here. However the favour is not mutual! In Belgium Luxembourg’s francs are not accepted. There is no exchange rate as both currencies stand pretty much equal.

Looking at Luxembourg from a work perspective there can be possibilities for those who speak either German or French. Big companies have their own preference on which language they use but one of these two is almost essential. Luxembourg has one of the lowest unemployment rate in Europe making it a good place to seek employment. Luxembourg is not one of the cheapest countries to go to but high wages compensate this.