Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Grousherzogdem Lëzebuerg (Letzeburgish)
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg (French)
Grossherzogtum Luxemburg (German)
Political Status: Constitutional monarchy, fully independent since 1867; in economic union with Belgium since 1922.[Page 805]
Area: 998 sq. mi. (2,586 sq. km.).
Population: 439,539 (2001C); 470,000 (2007E).
Major Urban Centers (2005E): LUXEMBOURG-VILLE (Lützelburg, 77,000), Esch-sur-Alzette (28,000).
Official Language: Letzeburgish. As a general rule, French is used for administrative purposes, and German for commerce.
Monetary Unit: Euro (market rate November 1, 2008: 1 euro = $1.27US).
Sovereign: Grand Duke HENRI; ascended to the throne October 7, 2000, on the abdication of his father, Grand Duke JEAN.
Heir Apparent: Prince GUILLAUME, son of the grand duke; proclaimed by the grand duke on December 18, 2000.
President of the Government (Prime Minister): Jean-Claude JUNCKER (Christian Social People's Party); sworn in as the head of a ...