Parliament of Van Luxemburg

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Parliament of Van Luxemburg
Nationalparlament
Type
Type
Bicameral
Houses Zweete Zëmmer
Nationalzëmmer
Leadership
Senatpremier
Graf Balthasar von Enzersdorf
Parlamentspräsident
Graf Kristian von Neunhausen
Structure
Seats 450
300 (ZZ)
150 (NZ)
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Zweete Zëmmer political groups






Elections
party-list proportional representation
Volunteer pool
Zweete Zëmmer last election
16 May 2008
Meeting place
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Demokrätiepalast, Luxembourg
Website
http://www.nationalparlament.vl

The Parliament of Van Luxemburg (Vun Lëtzebuerger: Nationalparlament) is the national legislature of the Grand Duchy of Van Luxemburg. It is a bicameral parliament, consisting of the Zweete Zëmmer (the lower house) and the Nationalzëmmer {the upper house). The former is directly elected, while the latter receives its members from a volunteer pool. The national parliament building (Demokrätiepalast) is located in Luxembourg.

House of Representatives (Zweete Zëmmer)

The House of Representatives (Vun Lëtzebuergesch: Zweete Zëmmer, literally 'Second Chamber') is the lower house of the Van Luxemburger parliament. It has 300 seats which are filled through party-list proportional representation.

Senate (Nationalzëmmer)

The Senate (Vun Lëtzebuergesch: Nationalzëmmer, literally 'National Chamber') is the upper house of the Van Luxemburger parliament. It has 150 seats which are filled through a pool of volunteering citizens, chosen each four years through a lottery process.

Demokrätiepalast

The Demokrätiepalast (literally Palace of Democracy) was built in 1846, following the transformation of the Grand Duchy into a constiutional monarchy. The nation was in dire need of an assembly hall for its national parliament, as there were little buildings that had the desired appearance for what would be the face of a democratic nation. Therefore, the Demokrätiepalast was designed, located on a prominent plot of land on the end of the most prominent boulevard in Luxembourg, the Boulevard Senneville, previously the Boulevard National. It houses both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the offices of all members of these two chambers. A separate wing houses the offices of the ministers and state secretaries, even though these also have an office at their respective ministries.

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The exterior of the Demokrätiepalast by night.