Over a third of Luxembourg's adult population not allowed to vote

Photo: Serge Waldbillig

(CS) Luxembourg nationals make up 57.4 percent of the country's population aged 18 or over, highlighting the large amount of foreign nationals living in the Grand Duchy but not allowed to vote in the general elections.

The national statistics office Statec has revealed that Luxembourg voters represent less than 60 percent of the population aged 18 or over. However, there are large regional differences. In Luxembourg City for example, voters only account for 35.2 percent of the adult population.

The commune with the biggest proportion of Luxembourg nationals is Goensdorf in the north-west of Luxembourg, with voters making up 85 percent of all residents aged 18 or over.

The age group least represented among Luxembourg voters is aged 25 to 40. On the whole, voters aged 18 to 39 make up only 32.8 percent of voters. In the population as a whole, including non-nationals, this age group is the biggest, however, with 38.6 percent.

There are more women (51.5 percent) among the Grand Duchy's voting population, mainly due to a higher proportion of women in the age bracket of those over 60.

Private sector workers in the majority

Just over half of voters work in the private sector, compared to 62.8 percent of the total population over 18. Meanwhile 44.3 percent of Luxembourg nationals work in the public and “para-public” sector. Among both nationals and non-nationals, this sector only provides work for 29.4 percent.

Less than a quarter of voters have a university degree, with 42 percent having obtained a secondary school degree, and around a third having completed primary school or lower secondary school only.

However, the biggest discrepancy in worker representation is among unskilled “blue collar” workers. While they account for just 11.3 percent of voters, they make up 17.3 percent of the whole population aged over 18.

Most voters live in one-family households (68.4 percent), with 37.2 percent living as a couple with children. Less than a fifth of voters (17 percent) live in a one-person household.

For the full study (in French) visit statec.lu