Map of Luxembourg
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postmarked in 2009 with a Luxembourg, World Cup of Soccer in Germany stamp 0,90
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Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in western Europe, bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany. It has a population of just over half a million people in an area of 2,586 square kilometres (998 sq mi).
The people of Luxembourg are called Luxembourgers.
Three languages are recognised as official in Luxembourg: French, German, and Luxembourgish, a Franconian language of the Moselle region that is also spoken in neighbouring parts of France and Germany. Though Luxembourgish is part of the West Central German group of High German languages, more than 5,000 words in the Luxembourgish have their origin in the French language. The first printed sentences in Luxembourgish were released by the weekly journal the 'Luxemburger Wochenblatt' in the second edition of 14 April 1821.