Bilateral Relations between Indonesia and Luxembourg


Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Luxembourg began in 1973. Indonesian representation to Luxembourg is through the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Brussels. Meanwhile, Luxembourg representation to Indonesia is being done by the Embassy of Luxembourg in Bangkok, Thailand.

 Relations between the two countries have been intensifying over the last years. At the leaders’ level, the Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla and Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel had conducted a bilateral meeting during the 70th UN General Assembly in New York, the United States, on 29 September 2015 and discussed cooperation opportunities in financial services, counter-terrorism, and telecommunications industry.

At the ministerial level, both foreign ministers conducted a bilateral meeting on 30 May 2017 in Jakarta and discussed the development of cooperation in trade, investment, finance sector (Syariah banking and financial regulation cooperation), communication cooperation, and air transport. Both Minister is expected to have another bilateral meeting in 2018 to discuss the implementation of the previous meeting.

Economic cooperation

In the economic sector, Luxembourg is well recognised as a leading financial hub. In the last 3 years, however, Indonesia and Luxembourg trade relations has been declining. Total trade between Indonesia and Luxembourg in January-August 2016 reached 10.8 millions with surplus to Luxembourg, with its import to Indonesia amounted 9.74 million Euros (Indonesia's export amounted 0.44 million Euros).

Indonesian exports to Luxembourg comprise of rubber (86,0%), tire (9,9%), glass (3,6%), and footwear (0,3%). Meanwhile, Indonesian imports from Luxembourg include coal and steel (31,2%), cable (14,4%), cooling machine (7,5%), food and drink packaging (4,9%), cutlery (4,8%), and nickel (2,4%).

The total amount of investments from Luxembourg to Indonesia amounted to USD 30.5 million in the year 2015.

Social and Culture

Around 569.000 Indonesian lives in Luxembourg. Around 1.429 Luxembourgers visit Indonesia in 2016. Luxembourgers are known as travelers with high spending in the world (around 6.000 USD/person). Indonesia actively promotes its destination in Luxembourg and participate in Vakanz Expo in January 2017. This annual activity is part of effort to target niche market of tourism in Western Europe. Cultural diplomacy is an important part of Indonesian Embassy mission in this country, where every year, involving Indonesians living in Luxembourg, we promote the culture through culinary and textile events.

 In 2013, Indonesia was selected as Guest Country of Vakanz Expo and Indonesian pavilion consisted of tour operators from Indonesia, Belgium and also Luxembourg.