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Luxembourg Geography

    Location: Western Europe, between France and Germany

    Geographic coordinates: 49 45 N, 6 10 E

    Map references: Europe

    Area:
    total: 2,586 sq km
    land: 2,586 sq km
    water: 0 sq km

    Area—comparative: slightly smaller than Rhode Island

    Land boundaries:
    total: 359 km
    border countries: Belgium 148 km, France 73 km, Germany 138 km

    Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

    Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

    Climate: modified continental with mild winters, cool summers

    Terrain: mostly gently rolling uplands with broad, shallow valleys; uplands to slightly mountainous in the north; steep slope down to Moselle floodplain in the southeast

    Elevation extremes:
    lowest point: Moselle River 133 m
    highest point: Burgplatz 559 m

    Natural resources: iron ore (no longer exploited)

    Land use:
    arable land: 24%
    permanent crops: 1%
    permanent pastures: 20%
    forests and woodland: 21%
    other: 34%

    Irrigated land: 10 sq km (including Belgium (1993 est.)

    Natural hazards: NA

    Environment—current issues: air and water pollution in urban areas

    Environment—international agreements:
    party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94
    signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Environmental Modification, Law of the Sea

    Geography—note: landlocked

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