Canada has had strong bilateral relations with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a long time. It was during World War II that our two countries grew significantly closer, when the Grand Duke's family took refuge in Montreal after the German invasion of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on May 10, 1940.
Since then, Canada and Luxembourg have developed a partnership based on shared values and ongoing political dialogue on major international issues. Both strong supporters of effective multilateralism, Canada and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg cooperate in the context of the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Our two countries have also deployed troops to Afghanistan to strengthen security, governance and development in that country. Luxembourg's role in the European Union is another important dimension of our bilateral political dialogue.
Canada and Luxembourg have signed numerous bilateral agreements and treaties, including an Agreement regarding the Sharing of Forfeited Assets (2001), a Convention on Double Taxation and Tax Evasion (2000), an Audio-visual Co-production Agreement (1996) and a Convention on Social Security (1990).
As a result of its great cultural dynamism, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is an important market for Canadian artists and cultural productions in areas such as classical music, contemporary dance, popular music, visual arts and cinema.
Luxembourg is represented in Canada by its Embassy in Washington D.C., while Canada is represented in Luxembourg by its Embassy in Brussels. In addition, both countries are represented by honorary Consuls in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal for Luxembourg, and in Luxembourg for Canada.
Canada and Luxembourg's long-standing friendship has also resulted in a strong economic and trade partnership.
In 2011, Canada's exports to Luxembourg totalled CAD 89 million. During the same period, Canada's imports from Luxembourg reached CAD 115 million.
Canada and Luxembourg also enjoy a thriving investment relationship built on natural synergies in our high-performing sectors. Luxembourg's cumulative direct investment in Canada increased from CAD 20,9 billion in 2010 to CAD 25,3 billion in 2011, making Luxembourg the 4th most important source of foreign direct investment in Canada overall.
On the other hand, Canada's investments in Luxembourg increased from CAD 13,5 billion in 2010 to CAD 13.8 billion in 2011.
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