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Luxembourg PM wants European solution on Huawei  ETTelecom.com

BERLIN: A European-wide solution is needed on whether to exclude Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies from participating in the building of Europe's ...

ETTelecom.com
Capital Group plans to double headcount in Luxembourg  Luxembourg Times

US active investment house to launch one or two funds a year for next three years.

Luxembourg Times
Luxembourg Insider: Part Ten: Pets in Luxembourg  RTL Today

Luxembourg Insider is a regular column that takes a deep dive into life as an expat in the Grand Duchy. One of the first things I had to look up after deciding to ...

RTL Today
Security at Luxembourg Freeport  Delano.lu

The German MEP Wolf Klinz has complained that the Luxembourg Freeport is a haven for money laundering and tax evasion. Freeport management has stated ...

Delano.lu
Economics - Luxembourg insurance sector gets Brexit boost  Luxembourg Times

Revenues from non-life insurance business rose by a fifth in Luxembourg last year, the industry watchdog said, as companies set up shop in the Grand Duchy ...

Luxembourg Times
Luxembourg issued 6 “golden” visas  Delano.lu

Luxembourg has issued just 6 investor or “golden” visas, the immigration minister has said, responding to a parliamentary question on the controversial scheme.

Delano.lu
The Luxembourg Wurst: Luxembourg kissophobes allowed to give three handshakes instead  RTL Today

LUXEMBOURG-VILLE — An expat who has rejected the Luxembourgish custom of giving three kisses to female acquaintances will be allowed to give three ...

RTL Today
Girl in Luxembourg: Luxembourg, no country for young singles?  RTL Today

With almost half the population from elsewhere, Lux is a smorgasbord of sorts - there should be a little something on the cultural buffet for everyone. So why is ...

RTL Today
Freeport accused of shadiness, says it surpasses EU rules  Delano.lu

A German MEP has accused the Luxembourg Freeport of being “fertile ground for money laundering and tax evasion”. But the company has argued that ...

Delano.lu
Luxembourg donates €3000 to CMP  Cyprus Mail

The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) announced on Tuesday that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg made its first-ever donation of €3,000.

Cyprus Mail
The Luxembourg Wurst: Luxembourg's political parties give woman free material to build new house  RTL Today

A resourceful Luxembourg resident has built a three-storey house using an estimated 16 tons of incomprehensible political material that has arrived in her ...

RTL Today
The Luxembourg Wurst: Amazing: expat learns two words of Luxembourgish  RTL Today

Citing an inborn curiosity and a strong desire to integrate, a foreign-born resident of the Grand Duchy has succeeded in learning two Luxembourgish words.

RTL Today
The Luxembourg Wurst: Compromise: Luxembourg smokers agree to stop exhaling  RTL Today

An agreement between the country's most outspoken smokers and its angriest non-smokers was reached late Wednesday night, leading many to believe that ...

RTL Today
The Luxembourg Wurst: Unbelievable: Postman rings to see if residents are at home  RTL Today

LUXEMBOURG-VILLE — A 33-year-old postman is being recognised for “exemplary *service* in the face of serious inconvenience” after making an arduous ...

RTL Today
The Luxembourg Wurst: Thousands of car worshippers arrive for Lux Autofestival  RTL Today

Travelling by foot from as far away as Brussels, thousands of car worshippers are flocking to Luxembourg this weekend for the start of the annual celebration ...

RTL Today
The Luxembourg Wurst: Majority of cross-border workers 'masochists'  RTL Today

A recent study shows that while some cross-border workers don't actually enjoy the hellish daily commute into and out of Luxembourg, a majority find it “totally ...

RTL Today
Princess Alix dead: Luxembourg royal family reveal 'great sadness'  Express

PRINCESS Alix of Luxemboug has died aged 89, the royal court has announced.

Express
Ethiopia-Luxembourg strengthen ties  African Daily Voice

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Ethiopian and Luxembourg have agreed to further strengthen cooperation on both bilateral and multilateral ...

African Daily Voice
Luxembourg - Luxembourg Pirate Party loses captain  Luxembourg Times

The head of Luxembourg's Pirate Party, the biggest winner of last year's national elections, is stepping aside, as the party gears up for the European election and ...

Luxembourg Times
Capital Group reveals plans to expand Luxembourg range as it celebrates 50 years in Europe  Investment Week

US fund giant Capital Group has announced plans to build its Luxembourg fund range by launching at least one new fund each year over the next three years.

Investment Week
Miracle bean: Luxembourg ready for growing soy  RTL Today

Luxembourg currently imports an entire tennis court worth of soy per capita in a year. In the future however, Luxembourg is set to get in on soy bean production.

RTL Today
Martin Jonsson: Is Luxembourg boring?  RTL Today

It certainly seems to be the prevailing opinion in Facebook's many Luxembourg Expat-groups that it is, but I can't understand why. Every once in a while ...

RTL Today
Long summer gives thirst for local beer  Delano.lu

Luxembourg brewery Brasserie Nationale recorded a 5% increase in sales in 2018, thanks in part to an exceptionally long and hot summer, it revealed at a ...

Delano.lu
Luxembourg companies prepare for no-deal brexit  Delano.lu

Additional work, hidden costs and the consequences of failing to meet contractual requirements are cited as among the concerns of businesses in Luxembourg ...

Delano.lu
Girl in Luxembourg: Why does living abroad make you exaggerate your own patriotism?  RTL Today

Is it something that happens to all nationalities? I can only give the example of my own experience, but I think it may apply universally. The most common ...

RTL Today
Girl in Luxembourg: Long-distance Love Lessons in Luxembourg  RTL Today

Until I moved to Luxembourg I had never met so many people doing the dreaded long-distance relationship (myself included). Some lessons are harder to learn ...

RTL Today
Holocaust-era property compensation discussed with Luxembourg’s prime minister  Sun Sentinel

Leaders of the World Jewish Restitution Organization and of the Jewish Community of Luxembourg met with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel to ...

Sun Sentinel
No reason to single out vintage cars: Luxembourg Old-timer Federation critical of SNCT price hike  RTL Today

The Luxembourg Old-timer Federation feels discriminated against by the SNCT's (national society for technical inspections) recent price hike. Jim Krier, a ...

RTL Today
Video and images: Rain, wind and floods across Luxembourg  RTL Today

Weather services preventively rang the alarm bells: minor floods and heavy gusts of wind of up to 80km/h were predicted on Sunday. They were right to warn ...

RTL Today
The Luxembourg Wurst: Heartbreaking: passenger who forgot smartphone swipes at air  RTL Today

Dozens of people on a bus headed to Kirchberg on Wednesday were confronted with a disturbing sight when a passenger who didn't have a smartphone was ...

RTL Today
Court announcement: Princess Alix of Luxembourg, younger sister of Grand Duke Jean, dies at 89  RTL Today

Princess Alix was the daughter of Grand Duchess Charlotte and of Prince Félix of Bourbon-Parma. According to a Grand Ducal announcement, she died on ...

RTL Today
State council: Luxembourg to extend fox hunting ban for 5th year in a row  RTL Today

The draft regulation is currently in front of the state council, but it is expected to come into force in time for the hunting season 2019/2020. A representative of the ...

RTL Today
Denise Voss, the American helping Luxembourg run its money  Financial Times

Alfi chair says Brexit is mostly 'lose-lose' not least because UK has been an EU ally.

Financial Times
The name game: Luxembourg's new national stadium will not be named after sponsor  RTL Today

According to RTL information, some questions regarding the name of the new national stadium have already been addressed. A petition was recently filed with ...

RTL Today
Culture & Life - More than 90 films screening at LuxFilmFest  Luxembourg Times

Running from 7 to 17 March, Luxembourg City's film festival has a lot to offer.

Luxembourg Times
Ballet national de Marseille & Luxembourg City Conservatoire: "Apparition" - When children sing with wolves  RTL Today

The multidisciplinary project by the Ballet national de Marseille and the Luxembourg City Conservatoire inter-meshes children's voices with dance moves to the ...

RTL Today
Video: Magestick Records: Luxembourg's biggest YouTube music channel  RTL Today

The two men behind the Magestick Records YouTube channel have now been selling their own music for six years and can even make a living from their videos.

RTL Today
Ring design pays homage to Luxembourg  Delano.lu

A new ring paying homage to the grand duchy was released on 5 February. Elena Villa, the ring's designer, says the idea of a home city is somewhat foreign to ...

Delano.lu
Princess Tessy of Luxembourg leaps to Meghan Markle's defence  Daily Mail

The estranged wife of Prince Louis of Luxembourg says the duchess 'did not deserve' her treatment by members of her estranged family who have hit out at her ...

Daily Mail
Thousands of affordable homes to be built in Luxembourg  Luxembourg Times

More than 4,000 affordable homes are set to be built in Luxembourg and the first round of construction works is due to start next year with 600 housing units ...

Luxembourg Times
Luxembourg: Save the Internet from the Copyright Directive  EFF

Take ActionContact Luxembourg's Negotiators Today!This month, the EU hopes to conclude the Copyright in the Single Digital Market Directive, with no sign that ...

EFF
Luxembourg has unfinished Holocaust issues - US envoy  Luxembourg Times

Luxembourg still has to clear some hurdles to fully compensate Holocaust victims, a US diplomat told the Luxembourg Times, and a new group cooperating with ...

Luxembourg Times
Barnier says prepare for all scenarios  Delano.lu

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel share a private moment during the former's visit to the ...

Delano.lu
“Welcome to Luxembourg” series launch  Delano.lu

A new series of seminars launches next week to help expats navigate the Luxembourg ecosystem. Delano sat down with Paperjam Club director Julien Delpy ...

Delano.lu
How to find the right bank for you in Luxembourg?  Delano.lu

If you have just arrived in Luxembourg or if you intend to come into the country in the near future, one of your first steps will be the opening of a bank account.

Delano.lu
WILL SIMPSON: How Radio Luxembourg ruled the airwaves  The New European

Eighty-five years after it first broadcast in English, WILL SIMPSON tells the amazing story of one of the world's most influential broadcasters.

The New European
Study: finance lacking for Luxembourg's entrepreneurs  Delano.lu

Funding, a lack of resources such as qualified staff and offices, and fear of failure are the biggest hurdles for Luxembourg's entrepreneurs, a report has found.

Delano.lu
Luxembourg's alternative to Uber  Delano.lu

A new taxi operating platform launched in Luxembourg on Thursday, claiming to work like popular ride-hailing *service* Uber. Taxiapp.lu offers an application and ...

Delano.lu
Skyrocketing numbers: Luxembourg hit by influenza epidemic  RTL Today

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of new infections has risen drastically in the last two weeks. In an interview with RTL, the head of the Ministry of ...

RTL Today
UNESCO - 30 photos that will make you fall in love with Luxembourg  The South African

This tiny landlocked European country can be found sandwiched between France, Germany and Belgium. Luxembourg City | Image by Chantelle Flores ...

The South African
Where can I fly to from Luxembourg & regional airports?  Luxembourg Times

The variety of destination from Luxembourg Airport and surrounding regional airports is growing. It can be difficult to keep up in knowing just where you can ...

Luxembourg Times
CORRECTED - Luxembourg watchdog warns about Insight Managed Funds  Luxembourg Times

(This story was corrected after the CSSF updated its warning, and makes clear that Insight Managed Funds is not related to Insight Liquidity Funds, a UCITS ...

Luxembourg Times
Athletics: European Championships based in Luxembourg possible?  RTL Today

The president of the European Athletics Association, Svein Arno Hansen, was present at the 'indoor meeting' at the Coque national sports centre on Saturday ...

RTL Today
Tiny Luxembourg has big plans for China via its new green bonds platform  South China Morning Post

China Construction Bank has listed a US$573 million green bond on the newly formed Luxembourg Green Exchange.

South China Morning Post
Poles apply for Luxembourg passports  Delano.lu

After Brexit, could there be a Polexit? Poles are not taking their chances. Delano spoke to three who have applied or plan to apply for Luxembourg passports.

Delano.lu
Luxembourg AI: Powered by NVIDIA?  Computer Business Review

European city state Luxembourg has signed an agreement with NVIDIA that will see the two build a national artificial intelligence (AI) lab in what the Santa ...

Computer Business Review
The euro at 20 in Luxembourg  Delano.lu

It has been 20 years since the EU countries launched a common currency, the euro. To mark the anniversary, Delano put three questions to Luxembourg's ...

Delano.lu
The electric dream in Luxembourg  Delano.lu

2018 was another record year for automotive sales in Luxembourg with almost 53,000 new cars registered. This was achieved thanks to a small rise in sales, ...

Delano.lu
Catella completes WM divestment in Luxembourg  Investment Europe

Catella Bank S.A., the wholly owned subsidiary of Nasdaq Stockholm listed Catella AB, has completged the divestment of its Wealth Management operations in ...

Investment Europe
The cost of Luxembourg's free public transport plan  BBC News

From March next year, commuters in the tiny nation will not be charged for trips on its trains, trams and buses. Marc Auxenfants crunches the numbers of such a ...

BBC News
EU Official Demands Luxembourg Freeport Close Amid Money Laundering Allegations  Hyperallergic

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has referred the case, which concerns a high-security facility housing art and luxury goods, to the ...

Hyperallergic
Emergency landing: Luxembourg-bound flight makes emergency landing following engine shutdown  RTL Today

On Thursday, passengers on the Luxembourg-bound Flybe flight from Manchester experienced alarm as their aircraft was forced to land on one engine at ...

RTL Today
Universal Investment names country head of Luxembourg  Investment Europe

Universal Investment has appointed Sean O'Driscoll as the new country head for Luxembourg, effective 1 February 2019. O'Driscoll will be responsible for ...

Investment Europe
RTL sponsorship: RTL and Luxembourg Football Federation extend partnership  RTL Today

On Monday, RTL and the national football federation (FLF) extended their partnership for a further four years. The two partners signed the contract at RTL City, ...

RTL Today
Homeless in Luxembourg: How to survive winter on the streets  RTL Today

Organisations like "Premier Appel" and "Stëmm vun der Strooss" do everything in their power to help rough sleepers in Luxembourg. We had a closer look at ...

RTL Today
Luxembourg Autofestival – tips for buying a car  Luxembourg Times

The 55th Autofestival, organised by ADAL and FEGARLUX will run from 26 January until 4 February 2019 with some 75 garages taking part and a total ...

Luxembourg Times
Luxembourg creates AI lab with NVIDIA in European first  Luxembourg Times

Luxembourg is set to become the first European country to enter a partnership in the field of artificial intelligence with leading American technology firm NVIDIA, ...

Luxembourg Times
SA women's tennis team headed for battle in Luxembourg  Business Day

SA are ranked sixth of eight sides that will do battle at the national tennis centre in Luxembourg from February 6-9.

Business Day
Luxembourg's free public transport sounds great, but it won't help people get from A to B  The Conversation - UK

When the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg announced it would introduce free nationwide public transport from March 2020, the move was widely praised – some ...

The Conversation - UK
Culture & Life - Update: Weekend skiing close to home  Luxembourg Times

Fancy a spot of skiing this weekend? Some resorts close to Luxembourg are open.

Luxembourg Times
The Future of the Luxembourg Automobile Market, 2019-2025 - Trends, Outlook and Growth Opportunities - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "2019 Future Of Luxembourg Automobile Market - Trends, Outlook and Growth Opportunities" report has been added to ...

Business Wire
Luxembourg NGO rebuilds razed Nepali village  Delano.lu

Aide à l'enfance de l'Inde et du Nepal (AEIN) reconstructed an entire village that was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. Ahead of their annual fundraising ...

Delano.lu
Luxembourg banks explore creation of regulatory reporting utility  Finextra

The Luxembourg banking industry is exploring the potential of creating a shared regulatory reporting utility to deal with the growing burden of complian...

Finextra
UK, Luxembourg to attend bussines summit with biggest-ever India delegation  Times of India

KOLKATA: United Kingdom and Luxembourg, two of the partner countries in the fifth edition of Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS), will be attending t.

Times of India
WATCH LIVE: 2019 Euro Meet Live-Streamed from Luxembourg  SwimSwam

Sarah Sjostrom (above) will be among the competitors at this weekend's EuroMeet.

SwimSwam
Luxembourg in talks with Canada over how to legalise recreational cannabis  Luxembourg Times

Discussions between Luxembourg and Canada are under way to establish how the Grand Duchy will legalise cannabis and sell the drug for recreational use.

Luxembourg Times
"A real team Luxembourg" for higher education  Delano.lu

On 1 April, University of Luxembourg vice-rector for academic affairs Romain Martin will begin his new role as senior advisor in Luxembourg's higher education ...

Delano.lu
Independent fund directors' fees on the up in Luxembourg  Luxembourg Times

Fees for independent members on the boards of Luxembourg funds are on the rise, and are expected to increase further after the regulator limited the number of ...

Luxembourg Times
Brexit: Uncertainty and damage limitation for Luxembourg  Delano.lu

Politicians in Luxembourg were quick to respond to the UK parliament's rejection of Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal deal, with the prime minister tweeting a call ...

Delano.lu
Luxembourg gains 80 financial services firms in run up to Brexit  International Investment

Luxembourg has been ranked among the top three EU financial centres in 2018, having consolidated its role as a hub for financial institutions operating on a ...

International Investment
Luxembourg - Unemployment drops by 12% in Luxembourg  Luxembourg Times

The percentage of people living in Luxembourg who are unemployed has decreased by 12% over a one-year period, according to the country's unemployment ...

Luxembourg Times
Startups: "We have to de-risk the risk"  Delano.lu

Luxembourg's startup ecosystem is stalling because of a lack of seed funding, the head of the Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN) has said.

Delano.lu
Luxembourg to scrap fares on all trains, trams and buses from 2020  The Independent

The first country in the world to scrap fares on public transport nationwide has revealed the date when tickets will be abolished – and how the system will work.

The Independent
Luxembourg's Register Of Beneficial Owners Now In Force - Corporate/Commercial Law - Luxembourg  Mondaq News Alerts

Luxembourg law regarding the introduction of a central Register of Beneficial Owners (Registre des Bénéficiaires Effectifs or RBE) was adopted by the ...

Mondaq News Alerts
Military equipment: Luxembourg to receive new military aircraft in 2020  RTL Today

The Grand Duchy will receive its new A400M military aircraft next year, Minister of Defense François Bausch confirmed in his reply to MP Diane Adehm's ...

RTL Today
How to invest in Luxembourg investment funds?  Delano.lu

Luxembourg is the leading investment fund centre in Europe. Investment funds in the Grand-Duchy cover all key categories, currencies, regions and sectors.

Delano.lu
Alipay awarded e-money licence in Luxembourg  Finextra

Alipay, the mobile payment arm of Chinese behemoth Alibaba, has been granted an e-money licence in Luxembourg.

Finextra
Multiple Luxembourg City road closures due to work on tramline  Luxembourg Times

Martyrs bus stop will no longer be available, roads closed off Avenue de la Liberté.

Luxembourg Times
Luxembourg says no-deal Brexit plans now 'full steam' ahead  Reuters UK

Luxembourg is intensifying its preparations for a chaotic British departure from the European Union, the country's premier said on Tuesday after the British ...

Reuters UK
National drugs report: Decline in hard drug overdoses and HIV infections in Luxembourg  RTL Today

On Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Health published its latest national drugs report. The results appear to be promising: the number of people taking hard ...

RTL Today
Infrastructure: Around 30 infrastructure projects need to be approved by Luxembourg's parliament  RTL Today

Luxembourg's parliament, the Chamber of Deputies, will hold a debate on several big infrastructure projects in Luxembourg on Tuesday afternoon.

RTL Today
Amcham book bridges expat gap  Delano.lu

The American Chamber of Commerce today launches “Expat Profile Snapshots”, a book of interviews with 17 third country nationals. “Our goal has been to ...

Delano.lu
Knowledge Bites: Luxembourg Autofestival  RTL Today

This year, the popular Autofestival will take place from Saturday 26 January to Monday 4 February - and the 55th edition of the festival has a lot to live up to.

RTL Today
Knowledge Bites: Luxembourg carnival season is upon us!  RTL Today

Brace yourselves, wild times lie ahead! Luxembourg may be small in size but, let us assure you, it's big on carnival! Slip into your eating pants, wake up your ...

RTL Today
Free Public Transport In Luxembourg Begins In 2020  ValueWalk

Luxembourg officials first announced plans to offer free public transport last month, and they've now revealed more details about the plan.

ValueWalk
2001 creates concrete house and reflective glass house in suburban Luxembourg  Dezeen

Hercule is a concrete-and-glass house that makes the most of a small sloping site in Mondorf-les-Bains in the south of Luxembourg.

Dezeen
Dr Christopher Marc Lilyblad: The False Logic of Moralism in Foreign Policy: A Response to Gaston Vogel  RTL Today

Dr. Lilyblad appears to relish a good debate and, give recent bouts of 'economic nation branding', he wonders whether Luxembourg has a coherent foreign ...

RTL Today
Community - Luxembourg vehicle inspection rates rise  Luxembourg Times

Rates for vehicle inspection, or 'contrôle technique' by SNCT increase in February.

Luxembourg Times
 

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Luxembourg ( (listen); Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuerg [ˈlətsəbuə̯ɕ] (listen); French: Luxembourg; German: Luxemburg), officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a small landlocked country in western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Its capital, Luxembourg City, together with Brussels and Strasbourg, is one of the three official capitals of the European Union and the seat of the European Court of Justice, the highest judicial authority in the EU. 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). The repeated invasions by Germany, especially in World War II, resulted in the country's strong will for mediation between France and Germany and, among other things, led to the foundation of the European Union.With an area of 2,586 square kilometres (998 sq mi), it is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe. In 2016, Luxembourg had a population of 576,249, which makes it one of the least-populous countries in Europe, but by far the one with the highest population growth rate. Foreigners account for nearly half of Luxembourg's population. As a representative democracy with a constitutional monarch, it is headed by Grand Duke Henri and is the world's only remaining grand duchy. Luxembourg is a developed country, with an advanced economy and one of the world's highest GDP (PPP) per capita. The City of Luxembourg with its old quarters and fortifications was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 due to the exceptional preservation of the vast fortifications and the old city.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. Maximin in nearby Trier.Siegfried's descendants increased their territory through marriage, war and vassal relations. At the end of the 13th century, the Counts of Luxembourg reigned over a considerable territory.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 during the high Middle Ages. 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.Over the centuries, the City and Fortress of Luxembourg, of great strategic importance situated between the Kingdom of France and the Habsburg territories, was gradually built up to be one of the most reputed fortifications in Europe. After belonging to both the France of Louis XIV and the Austria of Maria Theresia, Luxembourg became part of the First French Republic and Empire under Napoleon.The present-day state of Luxembourg first emerged at the Congress of Vienna in 1815. The Grand-Duchy, with its powerful fortress, became an independent state under the personal possession of William I of the Netherlands with a Prussian garrison to guard the city against another invasion from France.In 1839, following the turmoil of the Belgian Revolution, the purely French-speaking part of Luxembourg was ceded to Belgium and the Luxembourgish-speaking part (except the Arelerland, the area around Arlon) became what is the present state of Luxembourg.Luxembourg is a founding member of the European Union, OECD, United Nations, NATO, and Benelux. 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 2013 and 2014, which was a first in the country's history. As of 2018, Luxembourgish citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 186 countries and territories, ranking the Luxembourgish passport 5th in the world, tied with Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.