Portuguese population living in Luxembourg: 95,516 in 2019. They were 29,300 in 1981 (source Statec.lu).
The Portuguese community is the first foreign community in the Grand-Duchy with 16% of the total population of the country, far ahead french people with 45.000 inhabitants. In the late 1960s, many Portugueses looking for work moved to Luxembourg in need of labor. The new generation arrived in Luxembourg to escape the economic crisis in Portugal. Now, their children and grandchildren are born and grow up in Luxembourg. They are stakeholders in the Luxembourg economy.
Portuguese would be the 4th most spoken language in the country, with the 3 officials, Luxembourgish, French and German.
The community from Cape Verde, for its part is represented by 2,778 people in 2018. It participates in the use of Portuguese in trade in Luxembourg.
Portuguease people are mainly settled in the following towns : Esch-sur-Alzette, Differdange, Larochette
Traditional and recurrent portuguese events in Luxembourg
- Notre-Dame de Fatima Pilgrimage. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the “Notre Dame de Fatima Pilgrimage” is one of the most important one in Luxembourg. More than 20.000 people, mainly portuguese, visit the sanctuary in Wiltz for the Ascension Day.
- Portugal Expo : organised by the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this fair is entirely dedicated to Made in Portugal. Real estate investment opportunities, tourism in Portugal, furniture, jewellery, food,…
- International Bazaar, with portuguese products, food like delicous “pasteis de nata” and a tombola.