Customs in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a small country bordering France, Belgium and Germany; French and German are its two official languages.

Currency used in Luxembourg is the Euro (EUR) - €

The people of Luxembourg are very involved with their families and if extended families are not all living within the same household, they live within close proximity of one another.

Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization

Greetings should be quite formal: a quick handshake.

If you are invited to a Luxembourger's home for dinner, do not be late. Bring your hostess a box of fine chocolates or a bouquet of flowers. If you give flowers, make sure to give an odd number and avoid giving chrysanthemums. If your hosts have children, bringing them a small gift as well is appreciated.

Until you are invited to take a seat, remain standing. Do not begin eating until your hostess begins. The host will give the first toast; later in the meal, return the toast. Display proper table manners at all times, using your utensils for all your food, including sandwiches. It is considered polite to finish everything on your plate.

When it comes to gratuity, tipping is accepted and appreciated in Luxembourg.
• Restaurants: It is customary to leave your server 10-15%. Hand tip to server directly, do not put it on the credit card.
• Taxis - Round up
• Porters and bellhops: 1.5 Euro per bag
• Hotel housekeeping: 1.5 Euro per night

Customs and Etiquette in Business

Men should dress in dark or medium colored suits with a tie, and women should wear conservative dresses or stylish pantsuits.

Appointments are necessary. If you are making arrangements by telephone, it must be done at least 2 weeks prior; if in writing one month in advance is required.

Meetings are typically brief, there will be minimal small talk preceding the meeting. Follow an agenda, and make sure your presentation is well prepared, comprehensive and given in a professional manner.

Luxembourg Flights
Children (under 11):