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… three elements of Luxembourg’s heritage are officially recognised by UNESCO?

 The City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1994; the photography exhibition “The Family of Man” by Edward Steichen was added to the UNESCO “Memory of the World” register in 2003 and the Echternach hopping procession was registered on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.

… Luxembourg devotes around 1% of its GNI to official development assistance?

The country devoted 0.97% of its gross national income (GNI) to official development assistance in 2011, occupying third place in the world after Norway and Sweden.

… Luxembourger Pierre Werner is considered the “forefather of the Euro”?

Pierre Werner (1913-2002), Prime Minister from 1959 to 1974 and then 1979 to 1984, was appointed to head a European group of experts and in 1970 presented to the European Commission a monetary integration project known as the “Werner plan”, which can be considered the beginning of the Euro.

… the city of Luxembourg is the only one to have been chosen as European Capital of Culture twice?

Luxembourg City was the European Capital of Culture in both 1995 and 2007. In 2007, it was the first city to suggest including the Greater Region (Saar and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, Lorraine in France and Wallonia in Belgium) in this event.

… three researchers of Luxembourg origin have won a Nobel Prize? 

Gabriel Lippmann, born in Luxembourg in 1845, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1908. Paul C. Lauterbur, an American of Luxembourg origin born in 1929, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2003. Jules Hoffmann, born in Luxembourg in 1941, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2011. This represents the highest number in the world relative to the number of inhabitants!

… Luxembourg has won the Eurovision Song Contest five times?

Four female singers and one male singer have won the Eurovision Song Contest while representing Luxembourg: Jean-Claude Pascal (Nous les amoureux, 1961), France Gall (Poupée de cire, poupée de son, 1965), Vicky Leandros (Après toi, 1972), Anne-Marie David (Tu te reconnaîtras, 1973) and Corinne Hermès (Si la vie est cadeau, 1983).

… the only woman to have won a Bocuse d'or is from Luxembourg? 

Léa Linster, owner of the eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant, is the first and only woman to date to have received this award.

…. the father of science fiction was a Luxembourger? 

Hugo Gernsback was a scientist born in Luxembourg on 16 August 1884. Among other things, he invented the dry cell battery, the first wireless radio, the first synthesiser, the first transistor without aerial and the lie detector. Over the course of his life, he filed more than 80 patents in total. His real passion, however, was writing science fiction novels. Incidentally, he was the one to invent the term “science fiction”, which was quickly adopted the world over.