“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” With this statement, William Shakespeare’s character, Helena, depicts Hermia in the play A Midsummer Night's Dream. I, conversely, will use this statement to introduce the country of Luxembourg. The Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook affirms that Luxembourg is located in Western Europe and is geographically landlocked, as it is bordered by the countries France, Belgium, and Germany (The World Factbook). The Encyclopedia of the Nations states that Luxembourg is one of the smallest nations in the world with an area of 2,586 sq km, which is slightly smaller than Rhode Island- the smallest state in size of the United States of America (Encyclopedia of the Nations). The World Factbook also informs that Luxembourg’s topography consists mostly of gently rolling uplands with broad, shallow valleys. The terrain ranges from uplands to slightly mountainous in the northern region, steep slopes down to the river of Moselle, and flood plain in the southeast region. Furthermore, the country’s climate, according to the Central Intelligence Agency’s publication, is modified continental with mild winters and cool summers (The World Factbook).
II. SOCIOECONOMIC AND CULTURAL FACTORS
Within the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook it is stated that, as of July 2013, Luxembourg’s population stood at 514,862- 18% of the population (47,679 male and 44,812 female) were ages 0-14, 12.6% (33,182 male and 31,860 female) were ages 15-24, 42.3% (109,075 male and 108,922 female) were ages 25-54, 11.8% (30,481 male and 30,422 female) were ages 55-64, and 15.2% (32,892 male and 45,537 female) were ages 65 years and over. In 2000, 87% of Luxembourg’s population was Roman Catholic and 13% was of other religions including Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim. Results from a census in 2000, present in The World Factbook, show that 63.1% of the population are Luxembourger, 13.3% are Portuguese, 4.5% are French, 4.3% are Italian, 2.3% are German, 7.3% are of European ethnicity, and the remaining 5.2% of the population are of other ethnic backgrounds (The World Factbook). In addition, the official Website of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg refers to the society of Luxembourg as plural, for 150 nationalities are represented and nearly half of the country’s population currently consists of non-Luxembourg citizens (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg).
The World Factbook also informs readers that 100% of the population is literate- those of age 15 and over can read and write- and the total unemployment rate, in 2012, was 6% (The World Factbook). The National Tourist Board’s Visit Luxembourg Webpage asserts that the national language of Luxembourg is Luxembourgish. Nevertheless, the country’s administrative languages also include French and German and English is widely spoken (Visit Luxembourg). To commence a discussion of Luxembourg’s values and customs, the Webpage Countries and Their Cultures states that women have full...