Luxembourg's History

Strategic Luxembourg sits on the European dividing line between Germanic peoples and Romance nationalities, blending characteristics of both. Sigfried, Count of Ardennes gained the site of Luxembourg Castle in 963 and a thriving Medieval village grew around their Lord’s fortress residence. The prestige of the House of Luxembourg rose, even providing three Emperors to the Holy Roman Empire which Luxembourg was a member of. The lack of a male heir ended Luxembourg independence with the domain being sold in 1443 to Philip the Good, King of Burgundy. Bourbons, Hapsburgs, Prussians and French in their turn ruled Luxembourg and independence was restored with the defeat of Napoleon and the Treaty of Vienna in 1815. The King of the Netherlands was Grand Duke of Luxembourg until 1890 when the crown passed to a German grand duke. In WWI Germany occupied Luxembourg and in WWII they again invaded, this time annexing the country in 1942.

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Luxembourg abandoned neutrality during WWII which no one seemed to respect anyway and planted their flag firmly in the Western camp being a member of the UN, NATO and enthusiastic advocate of the European Union and Eurozone. Luxembourg’s prosperous economy is based on a hard working, well educated, multilingual, ethical workforce who have developed a fully diversified economy including steel, transport, banking, EU administration, internet businesses as well as some agriculture and wineries. They have low unemployment, low inflation and minimal social issues. On top of this quant Luxembourg makes a charming tourist destination with scenic countryside, beautiful forests, Medieval towns and plenty of cultural events which captivate visitors.

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