The Lux in Benelux

Happy Boxing day!

No. Today’s not a day when two men get into a ring and spar with huge gloves… heheh. But we are sure you know that.

Well if you thought this was about Luxe, then you are not very far off the mark. The largest of the small and micro states we’ve visited at 2586km², it is also one of the wealthiest if one looks at the measurement indexes spewed by the world’s statistics agencies.

The country was considered strategic in medieval times and the fortress city from which the nation gained its name was a prized asset for many a foreign conqueror. So it would not be surprising that despite its size, it was mentioned a lot in history. You can see how coveted real estate change hands more frequently huh? Sort of like having your home sold enbloc here in our little red dot… only in this case it was taken by force…

It might have been some time ago, but take a look at our little drive in the tiny country here. For there is more than the EU institutions and financial powerhouses that grace the capital city.

So this concludes our series on micro and small states in Europe, at least the ones we’ve touched anyway. What is our conclusion about the “state of affairs” for micro states? If one really delve into this subject, it is that within Europe there had been long historical relations that set these small states up for independence.

This contrasts with the bunch of states (both large and small) emerging from colonial rule in Asia with little precedent, with histories and ties that transcend across present day borders (since they were drawn up by the colonial powers in the 19th century). It is the same for Africa too. Fascinating isn’t it all?

Well this ends our ‘little’ series. Next up, we are heading back to stories in Europe. Can you guess which one it will be?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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