Just like the recent Irish referendum on same sex marriage, the Luxembourgian vote could influence the continent's future policies.
Well over 70 percent of the Luxembourgians, voted against granting foreigners the right to vote.
Only around 22 percent of voters supported foreigner voting rights. The result was met with surprise, after final opinion polls carried out earlier this year had seen 42 percent in favor versus 48 percent against, leading many to predict a narrow outcome on the question. (Luxembourger Wort)
The referendum was called by liberal Prime Minister Xavier Bettel as part of his modernizing agenda for the grand duchy.
"There is no other European country where only 40 percent of the population elects its representatives," he stated.
About 46 percent of the country's total population of 565,000 are foreigners, with 16.4 percent being Portuguese, followed by French nationals at seven percent, Italians at 3.5 percent, Belgians at 3.3 percent and Germans at 2.3 percent. Non-European foreigners account for a further seven percent.
A majority for "Yes" would have seen all foreigners who had lived in the country for more than 10 years given full voting rights (Deutsche Welle).