Comité Olympique et
Created: 1912 - Recognised: 1912
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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.
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.