National Anthem

The national anthem consists of the first and last verses of the song 'Ons Heemecht' (our homeland) dating from 1859, with words by the poet Michel Lentz set to music by Jean-Antoine Zinnen.

The national anthem, which was given its first public performance at a grand ceremony in Ettelbruck in 1864, issues a vibrant appeal for peace and freedom.

It expresses the country’s great joy at having achieved independence in 1839 in an atmosphere of peace and prosperity.

Only the government may publish official translations of the national anthem.

The 'Wilhelmus', anthem of the grand ducal house, is played up when one of the members of the grand ducal family arrives at an official ceremony and when he again leaves.

Ons Heemecht (Lëtzebuergesch version)

Infographics about the national anthem
Human Made
Wou d'Uelzecht durech d'Wisen zéit,
Duerch d'Fielsen d'Sauer brëcht.
Wou d'Rief laanscht d'Musel dofteg bléit,
Den Himmel Wäin ons mëcht.
Dat as onst Land, fir dat mir géif,
Heinidden alles won.
Ons Heemechtsland, dat mir sou déif
An onsen Hierzer dron.


O Du do uewen, deem séng Hand
Duurch d'Welt d'Natioune leet.
Behitt Du d'Lëtzebuerger Land
Vru friemem Joch a Leed!
Du hues ons all als Kanner schon
de fräie Geescht jo gin.
Looss viru blénken d'Fräiheetssonn
déi mir sou laang gesin.

(Text: Michel Lentz / Music: Jean-Antoine Zinnen)

  • Updated 01-06-2017