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Country name conventional long form: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
conventional short form: Luxembourg
local long form: Grand Duche de Luxembourg
local short form: Luxembourg
Gevernment typeconstitutional monarchy
Capital name: Luxembourg
geographic coordinates: 49 45 N, 6 10 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Flag descriptionthree equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and light blue; similar to the flag of the Netherlands, which uses a darker blue and is shorter; design was based on the flag of France
Currencyeuro (EUR)
note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries
Internet country
Ports and terminalsMertert
Agriculture productswine, grapes, barley, oats, potatoes, wheat, fruits; dairy products, livestock products
Industriesbanking and financial services, iron and steel, information technology, telecommunications, cargo transportation, food processing, chemicals, metal products, engineering, tires, glass, aluminum, tourism
LocationWestern Europe, between France and Germany
Coordinates49 45 N, 6 10 E
Area total: 2,586 sq km
land: 2,586 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries total: 359 km
border countries: Belgium 148 km, France 73 km, Germany 138 km
Coastline0 km (landlocked)
Climatemodified continental with mild winters, cool summers
Terrainmostly gently rolling uplands with broad, shallow valleys; uplands to slightly mountainous in the north; steep slope down to Moselle flood plain in the southeast
Natural resourcesiron ore (no longer exploited), arable land
Natural hazardsNA
Population474,413 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsCeltic base (with French and German blend), Portuguese, Italian, Slavs (from Montenegro, Albania, and Kosovo) and European (guest and resident workers)
Religions87% Roman Catholic, 13% Protestants, Jews, and Muslims (2000)
LanguagesLuxembourgish (national language), German (administrative language), French (administrative language)

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