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List of cities in Luxembourg

There are twelve cities in Luxembourg, as defined by statute. Despite the status as cities, they are not coherent urbanised areas. They are similar to communes, but are elevated to a different legal status. There is a technical difference between the statuses of commune and cities, but this is limited in practicality. One difference is that échevins in cities are formally appointed by the Grand Duke, whereas échevins for other communes are appointed by the Minister for the Interior.

History

Historically, this status was derived from a city's possession of a city charter, but city rights are now granted and regulated by statute. In the modern era, the status was first conferred on 24 February 1843, when seven of the eight cities that had previously been granted charters were reinstated as cities (Clervaux was not). They were (in the order given in the law): Luxembourg City, Diekirch, Grevenmacher, Echternach, Wiltz, Vianden, and Remich.

For over sixty years, no more cities were added, but the vast demographic shift during the last part of the nineteenth century made it impossible to leave the arrangements unchanged. Thus, on 29 May 1906, Esch-sur-Alzette was promoted; Esch was followed by Differdange, Dudelange, Ettelbruck, and Rumelange on 4 August 1907. An area of the (now extinct) commune of Hollerich was conferred the title on 7 April 1914, under the title of 'Hollerich-Bonnevoie'; this status was lost when Hollerich was merged into Luxembourg City on 26 March 1920.

The last such statute affecting city status in Luxembourg was the Loi communale du 13 décembre 1988. In the order outlined in that legislation (i.e. alphabetical, except with Luxembourg City first), the twelve communes with city status are: Luxembourg City, Diekirch, Differdange, Dudelange, Echternach, Esch-sur-Alzette, Ettelbruck, Grevenmacher, Remich, Rumelange, Vianden, and Wiltz.

List of cities

Name Canton District Area
(km²)
Population
(2005)
Date of law
Diekirch
Dikrech
Diekirch Diekirch 12.42 6,165 24 February 1843
Differdange
Déifferdeng
Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg 22.18 19,005 4 August 1907
Dudelange
Diddeleng
Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg 21.38 17,618 4 August 1907
Echternach
Iechternach
Echternach Grevenmacher 20.49 4,507 24 February 1843
Esch-sur-Alzette
Esch-Uelzecht
Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg 14.35 28,000 29 May 1906
Ettelbruck
Ettelbréck
Diekirch Diekirch 15.18 7,364 4 August 1907
Grevenmacher
Gréiwemaacher
Grevenmacher Grevenmacher 16.48 3,966 24 February 1843
Luxembourg City
Lëtzebuerg
Luxembourg Luxembourg 51.46 76,420 24 February 1843
Remich
Réimech
Remich Grevenmacher 5.29 2,986 24 February 1843
Rumelange
Rëmeleng
Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg 6.83 4,495 4 August 1907
Vianden
Veianen
Vianden Diekirch 9.67 1,561 24 February 1843
Wiltz
Wolz
Wiltz Diekirch 19.37 4,587 24 February 1843

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