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Sportif Luxembourgeois
Created: 1912 - Recognised: 1912
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Population: 453,000
Area: 2,586 sq.km.

Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Luxembourg:
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The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, located in western Europe, is bounded by Belgium on the north and west, Germany on the east, and France on the south. It has an area of 2,586 square km.

Topographically, the northern two-thirds of Luxembourg is part of the Ardennes plateau, shared with Germany and Belgium. The land is hilly with low mountains, cut through by river valleys. The southern part is a rolling plateau with level river valleys called the Bon Pays, and is the most important agricultural region. The Attert, Alzette, Moselle, and Sure rivers flow through the country.

Most of Luxembourg has a cool, moist climate typical of north central Europe. The average temperature in the city of Luxembourg is about 0°C in January and about 17°C in July. Rainfall varies from about 1,000mm a year in south-western Luxembourg to from 303mm to 400mm a year in the south-east.

Luxembourg has won a single Olympic gold medal since first appearing in the Games in 1900. In 1952 Josy Barthel set an Olympic record of 3:45.1 in the 1500m. to clinch first place in the race. Earlier, Joseph Alzin had won a weightlifting silver in 1920 in Antwerp, to become Luxembourg's first ever Olympic medallist. It was discovered that Michel Theato, competing for France at the 1900 Olympic Games, was actually Luxembourgish. However, the gold medal Theato won in the marathon at the Paris Games is still credited to France by the International Olympic Committee.

Luxembourg hosted the Games of the Small States of Europe in 1995 and has proved highly consistent in the medals rankings, never dropping below third place in the 12 editions so far--and on four occasions rising to second place. The Grand Duchy is also third in the overall rankings, although too far behind second place and too far ahead of fourth place to threaten or be threatened.


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