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Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has long been a prominent supporter of European political and economic integration. In efforts foreshadowing European integration, Luxembourg and Belgium in 1921 formed the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union (BLEU) to create an inter-exchangeable currency and a common customs regime. Luxembourg is a member of the Benelux Economic Union and was one of the founding members of the United Nations and the European Economic Community (now the European Union). It also participates in the Schengen Group (named after the Luxembourg village where the agreements were signed), whose goal is the free movement of citizens among member states. At the same time, the majority of Luxembourgers have consistently believed that European unity makes sense only in the context of a dynamic transatlantic relationship, and thus have traditionally pursued a pro-NATO, pro-US foreign policy.

Luxembourg is the site of the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Auditors, the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) and other vital EU organs. The Secretariat of the European Parliament is located in Luxembourg, but the Parliament usually meets in nearby Strasbourg.

Relations by country[edit]

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Armenia 11 June 1992

Armenia and Luxembourg established diplomatic ties on 11 June 1992. Armenia is represented in Luxembourg through its embassy in Brussels, (Belgium), and an honorary consulate in Luxembourg. Luxembourg maintains a consulate in Yerevan.


Australia is represented in Luxembourg through its embassy in Brussels (Belgium). Luxembourg is represented in Australia through the embassy of the Netherlands in Canberra and through an honorary consulate in East Lindfield.

 Belize 15 May 2008

Both countries established diplomatic relations on May 15, 2008[1].

 China See China–Luxembourg relations
 Czech Republic
  • The Czech Republic has an embassy in Luxembourg City.[4]
  • Luxembourg has an embassy in Prague.[5]
  • Both countries are full members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, of the European Union and of NATO.
  • Both countries shared a common fate in the 14th century when John the Blind of Luxembourg married Eliška Přemyslovna sister of the deceased King Wenceslaus III of Bohemia and became king of Bohemia.
 Estonia 27 August 1991

Luxembourg recognised Estonia on February 22, 1923 and re-recognised Estonia on August 27, 1991.[clarification needed][7] Both countries re-established diplomatic relations on August 29, 1991.[7] Estonia is represented in Luxembourg through its embassy in Brussels (Belgium) and an honorary consulate in Luxembourg.[7] Luxembourg is represented in Estonia through its embassy in Prague (Czech Republic).[7]

In 1937, a prominent Estonian political leader Artur Sirk, while a fugitive in Luxembourg was found dead, having apparently committed suicide by jumping out a second-story window. Although the Luxembourg Gendarmerie report assumed suicide, because of inconsistencies in the report, the Estonian chargé d'affaires in Paris, Rudolph Mollerson was sent to investigate.[8] Estonian historians including Pusta[9] and Tomingas[10] have argued that the death was an act of defenestration by agents of the first President of Estonia, Konstantin Päts.

As of December 31, 2007, foreign investments made in Estonia originating from Luxembourg totaled 225 million EUR accounting for 2% of the total volume of foreign direct investments. There are about 300 Estonians living in Luxembourg.[7] An Estonian cultural association was founded in 1998.[11] The Estonian President Arnold Rüütel's state visit to Luxembourg was in May 2003,[7][12] prime minister Andrus Ansip's in 2006. The Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker visited Estonia in 1999 and 2007.

  • Trade agreement between Estonia and Belgium and Luxembourg (1935)[13]
  • Agreement on Road Transport between Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (came into force 1.12.94)[14]
  • Agreement Between Estonia and the Belgo-Luxembourg Economic Union on the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments (came into force 23.09.99)[15]
  • Agreement Between Estonia and the States of Benelux on Readmission of Persons (came into force 1.02.05)
  • Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Income and Capital Tax evasion (signed 23.05.2006)[16][17]
 Finland 25 October 1921
 France See France–Luxembourg relations
 India See India–Luxembourg relations
  • India has a consulate general in Luxembourg City
  • Luxembourg has an embassy in New Delhi [22]

In November 1947, Luxembourg voted in favor of the partition plan to create a Jewish state. Israel and Luxembourg established full diplomatic relations in 1949. Due to Luxembourg's small size, the Israeli embassy is located in Brussels and Luxembourg is represented politically by the Dutch embassy and economically by the Belgian embassy.

 Kosovo 21 February 2008

Luxembourg recognized the independence of Kosovo on 21 February 2008.[26] Luxembourg has promised to give Kosovo €30 million over the next five years. Luxembourg said that the money was mainly for focus on professional training for Pristina and Mitrovica North authorities.

 Lithuania 23 March 1992
  • Malta is represented in Luxembourg through its embassy in Brussels (Belgium) and through an honorary consulate in Luxembourg City.
 Mexico 1947
  • Luxembourg is accredited to Mexico from its embassy in Washington, D.C., United States and maintains an honorary consulate in Mexico City.[28]
  • Mexico is accredited to Luxembourg from its embassy in Brussels, Belgium and maintains an honorary consulate in Luxembourg City.[29]
 Palestine See Luxembourg–Palestine relations
 Romania 10 December 1910

Both countries established diplomatic relations on December 10, 1910. Since August 19, 1991, Romania has an embassy in Luxembourg City.[30] Luxembourg is represented in Romania through its embassy in Athens (Greece) and two honorary consulates (in Bucharest and Sibiu).

 Russia See Luxembourg–Russia relations

Luxembourg has an embassy in Moscow and an honorary consulate in Saint Petersburg. Russia has an embassy in the city of Luxembourg City.

Both countries are full members of the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the United Nations.

In the history of bilateral relations, the first Russian president to come on an official visit to Luxembourg was Vladimir Putin on 24 May 2007. As bilateral trade had more than tripled from USD 66.6 million in 2003 to USD 228.3 million in 2006, time had come to strengthen the ties between the two countries, energy and finance being the key areas of cooperation between Russia and Luxembourg.

 South Korea
  • Luxembourg`s forty four soldiers has participated in the Korean war with UN forces in 1950 against North Korea and China.
  • Luxembourg and South Korea established diplomatic relations on 16 March 1962.
  • Both countries have a shipping agreement in 1987 and an air agreement in 2003.
  • Bilateral Trade in 2014.
    • Exports $572,000,000 (Ships, Chemical Products, Plastic goods).
    • Imports $39,000,000 (Measuring instrument, Non-woven fabric, Valve).
  • Bilateral investments in 2014.
    • South Korea's investment in Luxembourg was $2,824,000,000.
    • Luxembourg's investment in South Korea was $4,047,000,000.
  • High-level Exchanges.
  • From Luxembourg to the South Korea.

Bilateral relations between the Republic of Turkey and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg gained momentum with the opening of a Turkish Embassy in Luxembourg in 1987.[32]

Luxembourg is represented in Turkey through its embassy in Ankara, which was opened on 29 November 2011.[32]

There are 500 ethnic Turk's living in Luxembourg, 200 of whom have dual citizenship. The trade volume between the two States had reached $217 million in 2011.[32]

Luxembourg strongly supports Turkey's candidacy as a full European Union member.[33][34]

 United States

The United States, fighting on the Allied side, contributed to Luxembourg's liberation in World War I and World War II. More than 5,000 American soldiers, including U.S. Army General George S. Patton, are buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial near the capital of Luxembourg City, and there are monuments in many towns to American liberators. The strong U.S.-Luxembourg relationship is expressed both bilaterally and through common membership in NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

 Vietnam See Luxembourg–Vietnam relations

Both countries signed diplomatic relations in 1973. Luxembourg's representation in Vietnam is through its embassy in Beijing, China.[36] Vietnam is represented through its embassy in Brussels, Belgium.[37]

Relations by organization[edit]


United Nations[edit]

See also[edit]


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  12. ^ "Visite d'Etat au Luxembourg de S.E.M. Arnold Rüütel, Président de la République d'Estonie". Archived from the original on 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
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Further reading[edit]

  • Fally, V. (1992). Le Grand-Duché de Luxembourg et la construction européenne. Luxembourg City.
  • Fally, V. (1996). Le Luxembourg face à la construction européenne. Luxembourg City.
  • Frentz, Jean-Marie (2010). "The Foreign Policy of Luxembourg". In Steinmetz, Robert; Wivel, Anders. Small States in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities. Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-7782-6.
  • Hey, Jeanne A. K. (2002). "Luxembourg's Foreign Policy: Does Small Size Help or Hinder?". Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. 15 (3): 211–225. doi:10.1080/1351161022000027621.
  • Hey, Jeanne A. K., ed. (2003). Small States in World Politics: Explaining Foreign Policy Behavior. Lynne Rienner Publishers. ISBN 978-1-55587-920-4.
  • Hoffmann, Serge (2002). "Les relations germano-luxembourgeoises durant les années 30" [Germano-Luxembourgish relations in the 1930s] (PDF). Ons Stad (in French) (71). Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  • Huberty, Martine (May 2013). "Ein kleiner Fisch im großen Teich Luxemburger Verhandlungsstragien im Kontext der EU-Institutionen" [A small fish in a big pond: Luxembourgish negotiation strategies in the context of EU institutions] (PDF). Forum (in German) (329): 21–23.
  • Kayser, Steve (June 2006). "La neutralité du Luxembourg de 1918 à 1945" [Luxembourg's neutrality from 1918 to 1945] (PDF). Forum (in French) (257): 36–39. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  • Wurth, Hubert (2006). "La politique étrangère du Luxembourg" [Luxembourg’s Foreign Policy]. Revue Internationale et Stratégique (in French). 61 (61): 217–226. doi:10.3917/ris.061.0217.

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