Luxembourg By: Shanice Johnson Mr. D. Cureton
Location and Geography • • • • • •
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Luxembourg is located is Western Europe Luxembourg is divided into two main regions: Oesling and Guttland. The Oesling Located in the Northern part of the country Occupies one third of the country’s territory Has the highest region in Luxembourg, rising to 560m above sea level The area where the Oesling and the Guttland meet is one of the country’s foremost agricultural regions, thanks to its rich and varied soils. The Guttland Occupies the south and center of Luxembourg Forms the rest of the country (86 percent) It has six main regions: Sandstone plateau: finest forests and home to the capital Moselle valley: one of the main tourist magnets Petite Suisse (Little Switzerland): north of the Moselle valley. Terres rouges (Red Lands): located south of the country. Second largest in Luxembourg. The Valley of the Seven Castles: 24km area. The castles are set in a landscape of meadows and old villages, making them the perfect setting for enchanting walks. The River System The four largest rivers in Luxembourg are the Moselle, Sûre, Our, and Alzette.
Preparing for Travel •
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You may enter Luxembourg for up to 90 days for tourists or business purposes without a visa for at least three months beyond the period of stay If you plan to stay longer than three months you must apply for a temporary residence permit Applies to students, employees, self-employed persons, interns, research workers, and family members. Current Passport In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel.
Climate and Clothing • • •
Luxembourg has a moderate continental climate January and February can get very cold with temperature falling as low as -15 degree Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit). Summers can be rather hot, with temperatures in July and August reaching around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
Language French and German are the two main languages spoken German Hallo- Hello Auf Wiedersehen- Good Bye Bitte- Please Danke- Thank You Sprechen Sie Englisch? - Do you speak English? Wo ist die Toilette? – Where is the bathroom? French Bonjour- Hello Au revoir- Good Bye S’il vous plait- Please Merci- Thank You Parlez-vous anglais? - Do you speak English? Oùse trouvent les toilettes? – Where is the bathroom?
Customs and Cultures • • • • • • • • • •
Dining Etiquette Table manners are formal Remain standing until invited to sit down, you might be shown to a particular seat. Table manners are Continental—the fork is held in the left hand and the knife is held in the right while eating. Most food is eaten with utensils, even sandwiches. Finish everything on your plate Indicate you are finished eating by laying your knife and fork parallel across the right side of the plate. If you have not finished eating, cross your knife and fork on your plate with the fork over the knife. Do not begin eating until the hostess begins. Do not put your elbows on the table. Your hands should be visible and not in your lap.
Body language/Gestures • • • • •
Friendly but reserved Do not put your hands in your pockets You can point at objects with your index finger, but it’s considered impolite to point at people with the finger People tend to keep their distance when communicating (arm’s length or even more) There’s usually no touching at all during conversation. Even holding hands is uncommon, except in intimate relationships.
Helpful hints/Taboos • • •
Don’t chew gum in public. Tapping the index finger to the forehead indicates that your interlocutor is deranged or stupid Avoid putting your feet up on chairs or tables.