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Luxembourg, officially the most cosmopolitan country in Europe
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Luxembourg, officially the most cosmopolitan country in Europe

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Luxembourg has confirmed its position in the EU as the most cosmopolitan country in Europe in a new Eurostat report showing that 43% of the Grand Duchy’s population is of foreign nationality.

(ADW) Luxembourg has confirmed its position in the EU as the most cosmopolitan country in Europe in a new Eurostat report showing that 43% of the Grand Duchy’s population is of foreign nationality. The result puts the country way ahead of all countries with second place going to Latvia at 17.4%, more than half of the Luxembourg result.

Eurostat calculated the 43% figure from the 502,000 confirmed Luxembourg residents, 215,700 of them being of foreign nationality.

The report released on Monday, showed that across all 27 EU countries 6.5% of the population were foreign nationals, equalling a total of 35.2 million foreigners in 2010. The majority of them, 20.2 million, were “third-country nationals” meaning citizens of non-EU countries, while the remaining 12.3 million citizens were from another member state.

Also interesting to note is that in only handful of countries, including Luxembourg, residents of other EU countries outweighed those of third-country nationals in 2010 contrary to the majority of the 27 countries.

The Eurostat report goes on to show that 670,000 more foreigners live in an EU member state that is not their country of origin than the previous year.