General information about religion
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg recognizes the freedom of worship and expression of its religious beliefs by Article 19 of its Constitution. Conventions have been signed bilaterally between the religious authorities and the State for the care or not of the representatives of the cult.
In 1970, according to the last census of the religion practiced by the population, the Luxembourg residents were counted to 96.9% Catholics, 1.2% Protestants, 0.2% Jews and 1.7% others. Today, the law of March 1979 prohibits the registration of religious, philisophical or religious affiliation in Luxembourg. Nevertheless, ff religious practice has dropped a lot those 20 last years, 13% of the Luxembourg population still do regularly, and 30%, occasionally. 60% of the people that were interviewed still consider baptism, Communion or wedding as important.
Know that practicing your cult, whatever your religion is, is utterly possible in Luxembourg. The list below is not exhaustive.
The main religions in Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a traditionally Christian country. Bank holidays and numerous other traditions are directly linked to Catholic practices. More than 68% of the Luxembourgish population is of Catholic denomination. You will find Catholic churches where attending religious celebrations throughout the country. On cathol.lu website, you can access a list of the parishes of Luxembourg territory.
Three well-known pilgrimages usually take place in Luxembourg: Octave pilgrimage in Luxembourg Notre-Dame cathedral, Notre-Dame de Fatima pilgrimage in Wiltz for the Ascension, and the Pentecost dancing procession in Echternach.
Protestantism was for a long time the second religion of the country. It seems, however, that with 1.8% of the population, this religion is today supplanted by Islam. There are several Protestant places of worship in Luxembourg:
- the Church of the Trinity 5 Rue of the Congregation in Luxembourg City
- the Protestant Parish Center 1 Rue Jules Wilhelm in Luxemburg-Clausen
- the chapel of the hospital in Ettelbrück
- Faber House in Wiltz
For more information on the Protestant Church of Luxembourg and Protestant worship, you can visit the protestant.lu website.
Of the approximately 7,000 British residing in Luxembourg, nearly 60% are Anglicans. The Anglican Church of Luxembourg is located at Konvikt Center, 5 Avenue Marie-Thérèse in Luxembourg. You will find all the useful information on the anglican.lu website.
The Russian Orthodox Church of Saints Apostles Peter and Paul is located at 10 Rue Jean-Pierre Probst in Luxembourg. You can find more information about the Russian Orthodox Church on the Russian Church website egliserusse.lu.
You can also get more information about the Greek, Romanian, Serbian or Coptic Orthodox churches on the religion.lu website.
Islam – Muslim worship
Islam is today the second largest religion in the country with 2% of practicing residents. With the arrival of immigrants from North African countries in the 1970s, then from the Balkans in the 1990s, the Muslim community has grown in numbers. Muslims today enjoy places of worship and several cultural centers in the country. Visit islam.lu website if you need any complementary information.
The main country’s synagog is in Luxembourg city, on Avenue de Monterey. For more information, we advise you to read the Consistoire Israélite’s (Israeli consistory) website sinagogue.lu.
A Jewish community is also based in Esch-sur-Alzette. You can get more information on jewish.lu.
Buddhism began to develop in Luxembourg in the 1990s. It seems that less than 1% of the population is Buddhist. There is a Dzogchen Shedrup Darje Ling Tibetan Buddhism Study and Practice Center in Howald. More information on luxembourg.patrulrinpoche.net.
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