The Gutland and the Oesling
are the two major geographic regions in Luxembourg. The Gutland, a plateau sloping towards the French Lorraine, comprises the southern two-thirds of the country, with 68% of the total surface area. More forgiving than the harsh Oesling forest in the north, the Gutland is heavily developed and densely populated. The soil is a sandstone/limestone mixture with spots of clay and marl.