Culture & Identity of Luxembourg
The Luxembourgers have aspects of France and Germany in their culture, but the people
are truly Luxembourger, which in an odd way is defined as taking the most desirable
traits from these outside groups as well as numerous cultural elements that make
Luxembourg truly unique.
The daily way of life in Luxembourg also has elements from France and Germany, as
the people tend to relax a bit and enjoy life like the French, but there are no
strict laws regarding work and for many the business life appears to be much more
German from a foreigner's perspective.
Being a small country, most people live in or near the capital city of Luxembourg.
This means the urban lifestyle dictates the daily pattern, transportation, and dining.
In fact most people live and work in Luxembourg City, with most working Luxembourgers
having jobs in the services sector.
Work is perhaps the most central element of the daily life in Luxembourg, simply
because it takes so much time as many people work regular hours, typically from
about 8:30 am to about 4:30 pm. Schools also have regular hours as most children
attend classes from about 8:30 am until about 3:00 pm. Summer vacations, which last
from mid-July to mid-September, are a time for families to get away, enjoy the outdoors,
and perhaps see a bit of the world.