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From their cuisine (a combination of the best from surrounding countries) to their culture and dress, they’re at home in the world, eager to travel, and secure enough in their uniqueness to appreciate the special qualities of others. But in addition to this openness, they’re essentially proud and patriotic. Centuries of domination by foreign rulers could not kill their independent spirit. They do have a reputation for smugness that’s not entirely undeserved. If you are a citizen of one of the world’s wealthiest countries per capita, it may be no more than human nature to assume that this pleasing fact is due to your own native industry or superiority, rather than to, for 2 LU X E M B O U R G TO D AY The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a constitutional monarchy headed by Grand Duke Henri of the House of Nassau.

Along with monasteries that sprang up and flourished came educational and cultural influences that helped form the foundation of today’s Luxembourg. The great Frankish leader Charlemagne brought in Saxons to settle the Ardennes, thus adding another ethnic imprint to the face of the region. In the 10th century, Siegfried, the youngest of the counts of the Ardennes, built his castle on the ruins of Castellum Lucilinburhuc, an ancient Roman fort that had guarded the crossroads of the important roads from Paris to Trier and from Metz to Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen).

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