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  The Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries but also one of the richest in the world – and one of the last sovereign Grand-Duchies as well. Its territory is 998 square miles in size and it has a population of about 520.000 people, of which 45% don’t own a Luxembourgian passport. Additionally, there are about 150.000 daily cross-border commuters from Belgium, France or Germany.  
     
 

Due to its changeful history between sovereignty and foreign occupation and the large number of immigrants, the luxembourgian society is highly multilingual and multicultural.

There are three official languages: German, French and the national language Lёtzebuergesch (Luxembourgish), which all are quite similarly present in the public sphere. However, there are even more languages spoken in daily life, notably Portuguese and English. Most of the Luxembourgian inhabitants therefore are at minimum bilingual, a lot of them trilingual or more. Accordingly, people often first agree on a language after greeting. To “break the ice”, you can use the Luxembourgish word “Moien”. It can be used as “Hello” the whole day. In restaurants, French is the most common language.

 
     
  Luxembourg-City is a lively city in the daytime and offers an attractive nightlife and a broad range of cultural activities – jazz concerts in the mediaeval city, contemporary art at MUDAM (Museum of Modern Arts), theatre in different languages, or classical music in one of the most beautiful new buildings in the city, the Philharmonie, all this in the atmosphere of the mediaeval city and the impressive mixture of classical and modern architecture. Our conference venue is the historical Abbey Neumunster, which is located in one of the lower parts of the old town near to the Bock Promotory.  
     
  Because of the Grand-Duchy’s history, Luxembourgian food has been heavily influenced by its neighbours. In a Luxembourgian restaurant you can get typically Luxembourgian food, such as “Judd mat Gaardebounen” (pork with green beans), or “Bouneschlupp" (soup with string beans) but also French-inspired dishes, such as “escargots” (cooked snails) or “fois gras” (duck liver), or variations of German classics, such as „Tiirteg“, an oven-baked mix of Sauerkraut, potatoes and bacon. More recently, it has been influenced by the country's many Portuguese and Italian immigrants. Furthermore, Luxembourg City offers a great variety of international restaurants.  
     
  The currency in Luxembourg is the Euro.  
     
  The country has an oceanic climate, which means that summers and winters are mild – and Novembers unfortunately often rainy.  
     
  You will find further information about Luxembourg  here .