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Its culture, people, and languages are highly intertwined with its neighbours, making it essentially a mixture of French and German cultures, as evident by the nation's three official languages: French, German, and the national language, Luxembourgish (sometimes considered a dialect of German).

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In 1354, Charles IV elevated the County to the Duchy of Luxembourg.

Since Sigismund had no male heir, the Duchy became part of the Burgundian Circle and then one of the Seventeen Provinces of the Habsburg Netherlands.

Arcelor Mittal, the world's largest steel producer with headquarters in Luxembourg City, is still a reminder of these times.

After the decline of the steel industry in the 1970s, the country focused on establishing itself as a global financial centre and developed into the banking hub it is reputed for.

The city of Luxembourg, which is the country's capital and largest city, is the seat of several institutions and agencies of the EU.

Luxembourg served on the United Nations Security Council for the years 20, which was a first in the country's history.

The history of Luxembourg is considered to begin in 963, when count Siegfried I acquired a rocky promontory and its Roman-era fortifications known as Lucilinburhuc, ′little castle′, and the surrounding area from the Imperial Abbey of St. In 1308, Henry VII, Count of Luxembourg became King of the Germans and Holy Roman Emperor.

The House of Luxembourg produced four Holy Roman Emperors at the high time of the Middle Ages.

In 2016 Luxembourgish citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 172 countries and territories, ranking the Luxembourgian passport 15th in the world, tied with countries such as Canada and Switzerland.

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