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.
Area: 998 sq. mi. (2,586 sq. km).
Population: 519,269 (2014E—UN); 520,672 (2014E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Centers (2013E): LUXEMBOURG-VILLE (Lützelburg, 103,641), Esch-sur-Alzette (31,898).
Official Language: Letzeburgish. As a general rule, French is used for administrative purposes, and German for commerce.
Monetary Unit: Euro (market rate October 1, 2014: 0.79 euro = $1US).
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): Xavier BETTEL (Democratic Party); appointed by the grand duke on October 25, 2013, ...