Luxembourg

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LUXEMBOURG is entirely landlocked, bounded by France in the south, Belgium in the west, and Germany in the east. The northern part of the country is a wooded plateau, known as the Oesling, rising to 550 meters or 1,804 feet.

This region is a continuation of the forested hills of the Ardennes Plateau, where Luxembourg’s high­est peak, Buurgplatz (559 meters or 1,835 feet), is situated.

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The south­ern two-thirds of the country consists of a lowland area of valleys and ridges and undulating wooded farmland, known as the Gutland. In the east, Luxembourg bordered by the Moselle river in whose valley grapes produced for wine.

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Luxembourg is a wealthy and highly industrialized country whose citizens enjoy a very high standard of living. Partly because of its history, during which the duchy was ruled over or incorporated at various times into the territory of its European neighbors, Luxembourg has a cosmopolitan population and outlook.

The capital, Luxembourg City, is the seat of the European Court of Justice. Northern winters are cold and raw with snow covering the ground for almost a month, but in the south, winters are mild and summers cold.

Agriculture provides a small but essential contribution to the economy with the production of grains, vegetables such as potatoes, fruits, and grapes for wine. Pigs, cattle, and poultry are among the animals that reared. Luxembourg has rich (but declining) deposits of iron ore, and the manufacture of iron and steel has traditionally been one of the two mainstays of the economy, the other being banking.

Other manufactured goods include chemicals, machinery, paper and paper products, foods, plastics, and rubber. Insurance services and tourism also play an increasingly important part in the country’s economy.

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