News · June 2015

The MNHA and Edward Steichen are guests in Riga

While Latvia gets ready to pass the presidency of the Council of the European Union to Luxembourg, Riga hosts, starting from 27 June 2015, the exhibition 'Edward Steichen. Photography', which symbolises the transfer of mandate.

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Culture

An absolute must - the Wiltz Festival

Book your tickets now for this internationally renowned festival!

Looking for unforgettable performances of world quality? Then do not miss the 63rd edition of the Wiltz Festival, which will start on 27 June 2015.

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Culture

The Philharmonie celebrates its 10 years!

Within 10 years, the Philharmonie has become a key cultural institution renowned far beyond Luxembourg's borders

'You're a formidable public', thhus the first sentence of the Phiharmonie's little brochure, which has been issued on the occasion of the 10th anniversary. And indeed, this cultural institution with humble origins has become, in just 10 years, a major actor on Luxembourg's cultural but especially musical scene. A good reason therefore to celebrate 10 years with a musical fireworks, with the Luxembourg stars!

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Tourism

The hiking path 'Escarpardenne Lee Trail' was inaugurated

The 53km hiking path was awarded the label 'Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe'

Hikers take note! A new hiking path was presented to the public and awaits discovery: the 'Escarpardenne Lee Trail', which leads from Ettelbrück to Kautenbach, on a total length of 53km through the Luxembourg Ardennes over 3 stages.

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Shopping

The summer sales start on 27 June!

Take advantage of lower prices until 27 July 2015!

Les bonnes affaires sont de retour, avec les soldes d'été. Du samedi 27 juin au lundi 27 juillet 2015, les adeptes du shopping profitent du beau temps pour faire le tour des boutiques et magasins en toute tranquilité. La cerise sur le gâteau: dans certaines villes, les magasins ouvrent également leurs portes les dimanches 28 juin et 5 juillet.

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Tourism

The Luxembourg House opens its doors in the city centre

On 85 square metres, find exclusively Luxembourgish quality products

Since 19 June 2015, the Luxembourg House is open in the city centre! What's that? Think souvenir shop, but with high quality goods, with locally produced foodstuffs, artistic creations or textile products. 35 Luxembourgish companies have contributed to stock the shelves. A good opportunity to buy that special souvenir that's going to make an impression.

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Culture

Focus on creation

This weekend, take off to discover contemporary design at the Creators' Market

Looking for unusual gifts? Or would you just like to treat yourself to something out of the ordinary? The place to be is the Creators' Market (Marché des créateurs) at the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM) on 20 and 21 June 2015. This event brings together designers using different techniques and working in diverse disciplines and universes: product design, styling and textile design are all there, alongside stands offering illustrations, jewellery, etc. Their common point is contemporary creation.

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Greater Region

The House of the Greater Region opens its doors!

8 entities under one roof

On 17 June 2015, the new House of the Greater Region opened its doors in Esch-sur-Alzette The institution has been completely revamped to host, starting from this year, eight entities linked to the promotion of the Greater Region. The House of the Greater Region's vocation is to be a place for the convention, exchange and communication of all actors implied in the Greater Region, and fosters the creation of synergies between the different entities.

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Festival and traditions

2015 'National Day' - join the celebrations!

Two days of festivities and general jollity throughout the Grand Duchy

Luxembourg's National Day will be celebrated on 23 June 2015. As always, tens of thousands of Luxembourgers, foreign residents, cross-border workers and tourists gather on June 23, as well as on June 22 (eve of the National Day) to celebrate this special day together.

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Quality and cost of living

The level of consumer prices and its subtle variations

The increase in VAT has had little effect so far on prices for mass-marketed consumer goods.

On 1 January 2015 VAT rates changed in the Grand Duchy; rates went up, giving rise to fears that the cost of living in the Grand Duchy would become more expensive than before. However, a comparative study carried out on this topic points to a less dramatic outcome: although some prices have increased, the effect of the increase seems to be limited in scale.

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Culture

Summer's on its way, and so is 'Summer in the City'!

Join the summer in Luxembourg City, with its open-air concerts, street events, markets, and other festivities.

'Summer in the City' is exactly that. From 21 June to 9 September 2015, Luxembourg City celebrates the most beautiful season in the year. For this festival, the Luxembourg City Tourist Office will be plunging the capital into a sparkling, festive atmosphere, for the greater pleasure of its inhabitants, commuters, and tourists.

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European Union

30 years ago, the Schengen Agreements

On 14 Jun 1985, 5 countries decided to open their borders

70 years ago, in the ruins left by the Second World War, a new, but divided Europe was born. Exactly 30 years ago, the Schengen Agreements, signed by 5 partner countries at Schengen, decided the abolition of borders in Europe, and the principle of free movement of people, goods and services. Even today, the name 'Schengen' evokes freedom of movement and the abolition of borders.

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Culture

The new Rotondes open this weekend with a festival

These former railroad roundhouses finally find their vocation as cultural venues

The Carrés Rotondes were always going to be a temporary measure, although they've been in use for some years. But now, finally, this cultural institution can inhabit its venue, which is located in two former railroad roundhouses, behind the Luxembourg City central station, in the Bonnevoie district.

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European Union

Luxembourg presents its priorities for the upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The citizen is going to be the focus of the European project, thus the Minister fo Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn

From 1 July to 31 December 2015, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will assume the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the twelfth time. In this context, the Minister of Foreing and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, presented the seven axis of the Luxembourg Presidency to the Chamber of Deputies.

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European Union

Official launch of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On Friday 3 July the Luxembourgish term starts

From 1 July to 31 December 2015, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will assume the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the twelfth time. The Presidency of the Council is always a major challenge for a member state, but it also presents a fantastic opportunity to participate in the design of European policy and to formulate priorities.

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Economy

EarthLab centre to be soon based in Luxembourg

Luxembourg will be part of a network to evaluate industrial and environmental risks by satellite

A few months after the European Space Agency ministerial council in Luxemburg, Telespazio France, the French subsidiary of the Telespazio group (Finmeccanica/Thales), e-GEOS (subsidiary of the Italian Space Agency and Telespazio) the wholly state -owned postal and telecommunications company POST Luxembourg and the SME HITEC Luxembourg announce their strategic partnership in the EarthLab programme.

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Traditions

Mothers' Day is on Sunday!

In the Grand Duchy, Mothers' Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in June.

On Sunday 14 June 2015 Luxembourgers will be celebrating 'Mammendag' - Mothers' Day. Children give their mothers presents, usually something they have made at school. And adults honour their mothers by giving them flowers or a present, or inviting them for dinner, for example.

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ITC

Launch of the national promotion platform for cybersecurity in Luxembourg

The platform helps to raise public awareness to the dangers that await internet users

On 8 June 2015, the national promotion platform for cybersecurity, SECURITYMADEIN.LU, was officially launched in presence of the Secretary of State of the Economy. The online platform is an initiative of the economic interest grouping (groupement d'intérêt économie, G.I.E.) 'Security Made in Lëtzebuerg' (SMILE), which was tasked in 2010 by the Luxembourg government to promote and strengthen information security in Luxembourg.

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Music

The 2015 'Fête de la Musique'

Choose from 250 concerts taking place all over the Grand Duchy!

This year the Fête de la Musique will be taking place in the Grand Duchy from 12 to 21 June 21. This great free popular event showcases more than 1,000 musicians and performers, amateurs or professionals with some 250 concerts!

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Sports

Ready, steady, go!

The Ironman 70.3 is on this weekend

After the huge success of the first editions of the famous triathlon, the Ironman 70.3 this weekend sees the third edition of the event in the Grand Duchy. On Saturday 20 June, there will be quite a line-up to take up the challenge again.

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Politics

Unofficial final results of the referendum

These are the unofficial final results of the national referendum of 7 June 2015

On 7 June 2014, the voters of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg were called to express themselves via a referendum on 3 questions in relation to the elaboration of a new Constitution. These are the unofficial final results of this referendum.

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Leisure

Enjoy a weekend out and about - it's worth it!

The temperatures are there, the sun as well - find out what's on, this weekend

Au Luxembourg, les fins de semaine en juin, juillet et août sont toujours bien étoffées d’événements qui invitent baladeurs, shoppeurs, randonneurs, sportifs, adeptes de bronzages, musicophiles et autres. Pour ce weekend, l’équipe du portail Luxembourg.lu vous propose quelques événements dans les grandes villes à ne pas manquer!

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Politics

The national referendum in the limelight!

Active voting right for foreigners, lowering the age for voting to 16 years, and a time limit on the terms of office of members of the Government will be put to the vote.

La population entière est appelée à participer au référendum consultatif du 7 juin 2015 sur le droit de vote passif pour étrangers, l'abaissement de l'âge de vote à 16 ans et la limitation dans le temps des mandats de membres du gouvernement. Les premiers résultats locaux sont attendus dès 14 heures.

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Theatre

A festival centred on monodrama

The 6th edition of the Fundamental Monodrama Festival will be held from 12 to 21 June 2015.

A 'Monodrama' is a dramatic work performed by a single actor. All the attention focuses on that one person's movements and speech. And, as the programming for the Fundamental Monodrama Festival proves once again, the genre encompasses a surprising variety, in terms of both themes and adaptation, with performances positioned somewhere between theatre and dance.

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Quality of life

Live well, live happily - in Luxembourg

According to the Eurostat study "Quality of Life", Luxembourgers are very satisfied with their quality of life

Oui, le soleil n’est pas toujours au rendez-vous, il manque des plages de sable blanc ou des montagnes enneigées, et le trafic quotidien peut vous faire désespérer, Mais au-delà des petites plaintes quotidiennes, les Luxembourgeois prouvent ce que les nombreux expatriés, frontaliers et touristes savent depuis longtemps: au Luxembourg, il fait bon vivre !

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Sports

The games are on!

The Games of the Small States of Europe start today

From today 1 June 2015 the teams from the smallest European states - Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino - are going to compete on the island of fire, Iceland. Until 6 June, the 137 Luxembourg athletes are going to compete in every discipline.

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Economy

Rating agency Moody's confirms Luxembourg's triple A ratin

Moody's confirms the favorable economic trends in Luxembourg

As of 1 June 2015, rating agency Moody's has confirmed the 'AAA' rating of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with 'stable' outlook. Thus, Luxembourg continues to benefit from the highest rating of the three major credit agencies S&P, Moody's and Fitch.

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Sports

SKODA Tour de Luxembourg

The top cycle race in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

The 2015 edition of the Skoda Luxembourg Tour will be held from 3 to 7 June. About a hundred national and international cyclists from the great international and continental stables will cover more than 700 kilometres throughout the Grand Duchy. The race comprises a prologue, followed by four stages.

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Culture

2015 Lëtzebuerger Danzpräis awarded to Anne-Mareike Hess

The young dancer is often to be seen at major venues in the Grand Duchy and elsewhere.

The jury for the 2015 Lëtzebuerger Danzpräis has decided to award the prize to Anne-Mareike Hess for her innovative, unusual artistic work, her substantial choreographic research, her constantly evolving dance language, and her remarkable international standing.

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Luxembourg City

Fifteen pianos to brighten up the city

The 'My Urban Piano' project comes to Luxembourg!

After its huge success in 2014, the City of Luxembourg and its Tourist Office are happy to announce that the 'My Urban Piano Luxembourg' project will take place again this year.

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Mobility

The new scale for the demerit point system enters into effect

Using your phone while driving, speeding or drunk driving - the loss of points is going to be more important!

From 1 June 2015, the police can take away more points in case of an offence or a violation. Thus, a high-speed offence now costs 6 points, driving under the influence of alcohol 4 points and the failure to acknowledge a priority 2 points - from a reserve of 12 points allocated to each driver. This reform is part of the government's effort to reduce the number of road accidents.

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Culture

The major summer festivals

Come and discover the enormous range on offer in the Grand Duchy!

In Luxembourg, spring and summer are synonymous to festvals and street animation. Discover the absolute musts for this summer!

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  • Updated 29-06-2015