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Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel speaks to the press as he arrives at a special meeting of the European Council in Brussels. PHOTO | AFP
Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel speaks to the press as he arrives at a special meeting of the European Council in Brussels. PHOTO | AFP

The newly elected government in Luxemborg has promised to offer free public transport beginning next summer.

Luxembourg is a small European country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany.

The European nation will become the first country in the world to adopt free public transport.

Fares on trains, trams and buses will consequently be lifted

The announcement comes just hours after the swearing in of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel who will form a coalition government with two other parties.

The new government had also pledged to legalize cannabis, a matter that has sparked public debate.

Luxembourg is home to slightly over 500,000 people with an area of 2, 586 square kilometers.

Most people working in the city commute from the neigbouring countries and are set to benefit from the free public transport system.

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