ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN LUXEMBOURG
National name: Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
Total area: 998 sq mi (2,585 sq km)
Population (2008 est.): 486,006
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Luxembourg, 78,800
Monetary unit: Euro (formerly Luxembourg franc)
Languages: Luxermbourgish (national) French, German (both administrative)
Ethnicity/race: Celtic base (with French and German blend), Portuguese, Italian, Slavs (from Montenegro, Albania, and Kosovo), and European (guest and worker residents)
Religions: Roman Catholic 87%; Protestant, Jewish, Islamic 13% (2000)
National Holiday: National Day, November 23
Literacy rate: 100% (2003 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $38.56 billion; per capita $80,500. Real growth rate: 5.4%. Inflation: 2.3%.
Luxembourg is about half the size of Delaware. The Ardennes Mountains extend from Belgium into the northern section of Luxembourg. The rolling plateau of the fertile Bon Pays is in the south.
Luxembourg, once part of Charlemagne's empire, became an independent state in 963, when Siegfried, count of Ardennes, became sovereign of Lucilinburhuc (“Little Fortress”). In 1060, Conrad, a descendant of Siegfried, took the title count of Luxembourg. From the 15th to the 18th century, Spain, France, and Austria held the duchy in turn. The Congress of Vienna in 1815 made it a grand duchy and gave it to William I, king of the Netherlands. In 1839, the Treaty of London ceded the western part of Luxembourg to Belgium. The eastern part, continuing in personal union with the Netherlands and a member of the German Confederation, became autonomous in 1848 and a neutral territory by decision of the London Conference of 1867, governed by its grand duke. Germany occupied the duchy in World Wars I and II. Allied troops liberated the enclave in 1944.
Luxembourg joined NATO in 1949, the Benelux Economic Union (with Belgium and the Netherlands) in 1948, and the European Economic Community (later the EU) in 1957. In 1961, Prince Jean, son and heir of Grand Duchess Charlotte, was made head of state, acting for his mother. She abdicated in 1964, and Prince Jean became grand duke. Grand Duchess Charlotte died in 1985. Luxembourg's parliament approved the Maastricht Accord, paving the way for the economic unity of the EU in July 1992. Crown Prince Henri was sworn in as grand duke in Oct. 2000, replacing his father, Jean, who had been head of state for 26 years.
Islamic History and Muslims
Muslims in Luxembourg are a minority together with: Protestants,
Orthodox Christians, and Jews. Since 2007, Islam is legally recognized in the
Centre Culturel Islamique du Grand-Duché de
Luxembourg, 2, route d'Arlon L-8210 Mamer, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG. Phone:
352 -31 00 60, Fax: 352 26 31 04 26, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org , URL:
www.islam.lu , General Information:
Muslim Owned Business
La Zitouna (Boucherie Halal), 10, rue des Près, Strassen, Strassen L-8039, LUXEMBOURG. Phone: +352-316072, Fax: +352 316072