The Grand Duchy's population increased by 2.5% last year

Statec has just published its annual bulletin about the country's population.

08-populationAccording to Statec, the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, the country's population has increased from 576,000 (1 January 2016) up to 590,667 inhabitants as of 1 January 2017. Quite the increase, which stands out to confirm the high quality of life Luxembourg has to offer you.

53.3% Luxembourgers

The largest part of the country's population is made up of Luxembourgers, even though foreign residents are a large group which makes up 47.7% of the population. In other words, over 308,000 residents are Luxembourgers, whereas some 282,000 residents are of foreign origins. This is a ratio which stands out among most European countries and serves to strengthen Luxembourg's multicultural aspect.

The median age for residents is 40 years for men and 38 years for women. In 2016, births and deaths were decreasing, same as divorces (-7.7% compared to 2015!). However, the rate of marriages has been stable, even though there have been slightly fewer in 2016 as compared to the previous year.

Migrations in Luxembourg

Statec's statistics reveal that, among the 47.7% of foreign residents, 16.4% are of Portuguese origins, 7.5% are French and 3.6% are Italian. These three nationalities make up some 60% of the total of foreign residents in Luxembourg.

In 2016, 22,888 people moved to the Grand Duchy, while 13,442 left. The statistics show a 6.3% increase in departures, while the rate of newcomers has decreased by 3.8% over one year.

Just to give you an idea of the population density, there are almost as many people living in Luxembourg as there are in Montenegro, while Montenegro is nearly 6 times the size of Luxembourg. The population density per square kilometre rose from 222 to 228. On the population scale, Luxembourg ranks 175th among 249 countries. The largest country was China with some 1,300,000,000 inhabitants, while South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands counted only 30 inhabitants.

At this pace, Eurostat's projections for Luxembourg's population in 2080 may well be correct.


(Article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)

  • Updated 10-05-2017