The advertised multiplicity also shows when looking at the diversity of the city’s population. Indeed, the vast majority of the habitants of Luxembourg, the capital City of the Grand-Duchy, are of foreign nationality. They represent some 70 percent of the city dwellers and come from 167 different countries making up for a unique cosmopolitan constellation. As the most represented nations essentially have Latin roots, you might feel a certain southerly touch in town.
Indeed, at a second glance there is no real surprise when looking at the multiple city. Even in long remote times, the geographical situation of Luxembourg at the crossroads of the important European powers has led to changing occupations from different invaders. In the course of the centuries they did not just leave behind devastation but also their cultural footprints. In the more recent past, it was the immigrants from the Mediterranean looking for employment in the steel industry first, in the construction business thereafter, who continued the never ending game of diversification.
Nowadays, Luxembourg hosting the headquarters of many European institutions and being a world famous financial hotspot, it is attracting professionals from all over the world. Meanwhile, diversity has grown to be part of the very DNA of the city.
Speaking about integration, Luxembourg distinguishes itself by quite another unique trait. When it comes to political activities on the local level, there is no difference between nationals and foreigners. Not only do they both have the right to vote for the city council, but they both also have the right to present themselves as candidates for the elections. This is how “multipli-city” is lived in Luxembourg-City.