The location of Luxembourg at the crossroads of the Latin and Germanic worlds has meant that governments from the Upper Middle Age have considered bilingualism in German and French to be a great benefit. This decision highlights the spirit of openness of the Luxembourg people. In the 19th century, faced with the annexionist attitude of its neighbouring countries, Luxembourg again developed a language of demarcation and the identification of its population with the land. This development was at its peak during the Nazi occupation when Luxembourg became the expression of opposition to this totalitarian regime. In 1984, the government approved the new linguistic regime – trilingualism – which was already a part of everyday life (Luxembourgish, French, German). This spirit of tolerance enabled Luxembourg to become a country with a high level of immigration, with close to 40% of residents being foreign and coming from some 150 different countries!
Bofferding, a modern brewery located about 10 miles south of Luxembourg City, makes a light Pils style beer (pictured here) that is the nation's best selling beer. All of Bofferding's beers are unpasteurized unless you buy their been in a can and the Pils was decent and refreshing.
Mousel is another brewery that is actually located right in the city and can be toured if you do a little planning (in terms of tour times, etc).
See the following website for more information on beers in Luxembourg:
Though pretty much everyone in Luxembourg speaks French, German and English, Lëtzebuergesch is part of Luxembourg's national identity. Though Lëtzebuergesch is a germanic language, don't expect to understand it if you speak German. To me (who speaks a little French and no German) it sounds like someone is trying to speak German in a French accent, or is speaking French with words that I don't know. Though it certainly is not necessary to know Lëtzebuergesch when visiting Luxembourg, it helps to know a couple of words. I was pretty confused when people were saying "moien" (which sounds like "moyenne" in French - meaning "average"). I kept on wondering why everyone was greeting me with "average."
luxembourg is a very small country,part of benelux(belgium,netherlands,luxembourg);
the french justice has a lot of difficulties to open the secret bank accounts of luxembourg,although luxembourg is within the european union!
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