Standing in an excellent 20th place in the Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 published recently by the World Economic Forum, the Grand Duchy has nothing to be shy about. Among the 140 countries tested, the Grand Duchy is one of the most competitive economies in the world.
As of 25 September 2015, rating agency Standard & Poor'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.
Lors d’une conférence de presse en date du 24 septembre 2015, le ministère de l’Économie a annoncé la réalisation d’une étude stratégique d’envergure intitulée "The Third Industrial Revolution Strategy" qui sera réalisée avec la Chambre de Commerce et en collaboration avec IMS Luxembourg. Cette étude a comme objectif d’identifier et de faciliter au Grand-Duché la mise en place à long terme d’un nouveau modèle économique qui s’appuie sur la convergence des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC), de l’énergie et des transports au sein d’un réseau intelligent.
On 24 September 2015, the national tourist board (Office National de Tourisme, ONT) launched a new Internet portal for promoting business and congress tourism, which is a valuable segment in the development of tourism in the Grand Duchy. In 2014, this MICE sector (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) generated 240,000 nights' accommodation, representing 14% of all hotel accommodation used.
The 2015 edition of the 'Luxembourg in figures', an annual publication of Statec, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, has just come out of the press.
26 September is European Day of Languages. As every year, the Ministry of Education, Children and Youthis launching a special activity to celebrate that Day and language diversity in Luxembourgish schools.
The famous 'Route du Vin' semi-marathon promises to be as successful as usual this year: there will be hundreds of competitors, including many top international runners. The semi-marathon (21.098 km), which will take them from Remich to Wormeldange and back, is popular with both professional and amateur runners.
The 2015 edition of the Heritage Days – which takes place from 24 September to 11 October 2015 – has been placed under the banner 'D'Faarwe vum gebauten Ierwen" – the colours of built heritage. Take a look at bygone times!
What would you do if you knew you only had a few months to live? With a tone of humor and comedy, that's the question that 'The Brand New Testament' addresses. In Luxembourg, the film comes out in theaters 23 September, 2015!
Organised by the Canadian Association ATFCiné, the Trophées francophones du cinéma is an annual ceremony held to deliver a total of 10 awards to the best films of French-speaking countries of the world, be they short (less than 60 minutes) or feature films (over 60 minutes).
Experience the forest in the city? Do not be afraid, we're not talking about some urban jungle, but about the rediscovery of the nature through a unique perspective for young and old. Indeed, on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Administration of the nature and forests , on these 26 and 27 September 2015 the capital becomes a green universe, transforming the city centre into a playground and information centre on the Luxembourg nature and its relationship with citizens.
The subject of the National Literary Contest 2016 is the child and youth literature (all genres) in Luxembourgish, French, German or English. The Ministry of Culture has been organising this competition since 1978 and aims at encouraging literary creation in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union provides Luxembourgish artistes with the perfect platform for introducing themselves to an international public and proving that the Grand Duchy's creative scene is very much alive and innovative. One of the main events will be the 'Focus on Luxembourg' programme, opening on 25 September 2015 at the (Centre for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts, BOZAR) in Brussels. The programme includes exhibitions with top-class works of art, concerts by young talented performers, and other events, proving to the whole world that in the Grand Duchy 'culture' is written with a capital C.
Organic cheese producers, pure wool jackets, herbal cosmetics, experts in green building projects: the list of the exhibitors of the 28th Oekofoire in Luxembourg is long. Like every year, lovers and advocates of a more conscious and environmentally friendly consumption should find their happiness for two days at Luxexpo. The biggest environmental fair opens its doors from 25 to 27 September 2015.
Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have published the eighth edition of the study 'Global Innovation Index'. Innovation is a crucial determinant of economic growth in the long term and thus indicators are needed to assess the capacity for innovation and innovation policies implemented by public authorities.
Since 2014, the House of Knowledge, the House of Humanities and Social Sciences and the House of Innovation have been housing several institutes dedicated to studying and scientific research. Shortly after the start of the first academic year at the Belval site in September 2015, the three buildings are officially opened in the presence of HRH the Grand Duke on Tuesday, 22 September 2015. From now on, researchers, students and residents will rub shoulders daily at Esch-Belval and thus give life to what was once the heart of the steel industry in the Grand Duchy.
Time to get started - the grapes are ripe. Three weeks earlier than last year, the first winegrowers have begun harvesting, while others will follow suit in the next few days. The wine harvest means weeks of hard work for everyone involved. It's the same every year, with people bustling about the vineyards as the whole region bursts with life. It's a good occasion to take another look at the treasures of the Luxembourg Moselle.
Autumn officially starts on 22 September, and slowly but surely the beautiful landscapes of the Grand Duchy take on their typical warm colours. It's the season for schoolchildren and politicians to get back to work, and for the cultural offer to take off again. After a calm and restful summer, diaries of all kinds start to fill up again. So much to choose from!
For the start of the school year, we show ourselves at our best. What's true for students and teachers is no less true for the museums of the City of Luxembourg. Thus, the websites of the History Museum of the City of Luxembourg and the Villa Vauban have been redesigned. Emphasizing visual and responsive design, which automatically adapts the website to the device format with which the surfer is visiting - be it a computer, a smartphone or tablet - the two websites are quite at the level on the design and technical levels.
It must be said - the fall in Luxembourg can be sunny but also rainy and cold. And for those days, better than being bored at home, why not accompany your children to the theater in order to begin a journey into the imaginary that will brighten their afternoons?
A deadly accident, a mourning mother, a treacherous plan of revenge – the story behind 'La Volante' captivates its audience. The psychological thriller is in cinemas from this Wednesday, 16 September 2015.
Fire-eaters, magic sound installations, and - of course - brightly-coloured handmade lanterns: Lantern Night in Wiltz has been fascinating increasing numbers of visitors since 2007. And the 2015 edition, to be held on Saturday, 19 September, looks very promising.
It's no secret that Luxembourg's still and sparking wines are of exceptional quality. So it's not surprising that there are so many in the 2015 edition of the famous Hachette Wine Guide. Four 'coups de coeur' and 30 starred wines - including 9 with three stars - is the verdict of the experts in Paris. A fantastic result!
During the weekend of 19 and 20 September 2015, take advantage of the 'Journées Top Portes Ouvertes' open days to get a close look at all kinds of businesses of all sizes. This is the tenth consecutive year that the open days have been held; the aim is to enable the general public to discover the diversity of businesses in the Grand Duchy, and to find out how they operate and what they produce.
Since Friday, September 4, 2015, Belval campus has officially opened its doors to students of the University of Luxembourg, thus becoming the main campus, bringing together the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication and the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education. Only the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance remains on the former campus of the capital, notably on the Kirchberg and Limpertsberg. A welcome week for new students is scheduled from 14 to 19 September.
Luxembourg for Finance and Luxembourg For Business, have today launched a new animated video 'A little piece of Luxembourg everywhere' demonstrating that the country, in addition to being a leading financial centre, plays a prominent role in a wide range of industries.
www.alia.lu has been set up for everyone to be able to access information regarding the regulation of audiovisual media services, the useful data of the missions, the fields of action as well as the decisions and opinions of the authority. ALIA monitors radio and television programmes having a Luxembourgish concession or permission, allocates frequencies for local and regional radio stations and is also in charge of the classification of movie releases.
To give citizens a glimpse of the language courses offered in Luxembourg City and help them find a course that meets their needs and requirements, the city, on the proposal of the municipal integration Consultative Commission (CCIC), has set up a trilingual website (French, German, English) with the colors of multiplicity entirely dedicated to language courses: cours.vdl.lu.
The overall ranking of the best destinations for expats is headed by Ecuador, followed by Mexico, Malta, Singapore, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Germany stands in 16th place, the Netherlands in 25th place, Belgium in 42th place, and France in 47th place. Although the Grand Duchy has slipped down three places since 2014, it is still well and truly in the Top Ten, with a very much higher level of attractiveness than its neighbours.
The National Selection Committee for Academy Awards has selected the Luxembourg film 'Baby(A)lone' to represent the Grand Duchy in the 88th edition of the Academy Awards in the category 'Best Foreign Language Film award'.
Luxembourg City may not be the biggest capital city in Europe, but it has plenty of surprises to offer visitors. There's more to the city than just the Casemates! On Saturday, 5 September 2015, the Discover Luxembourg Rally will throw light on every aspect of Luxembourg City: its history, its culture, its gastronomy, and much more - all through games, puzzles and sporty tests.
Parents - how do you deal with the back to school time of year? Will it be a marathon to get all the books? Have you got everything ready already, and you're looking forward to autumn? And how do you youngsters feel? Are you looking forward to it, or are you fearing having to set the alarm again?
From this Thursday, 3 September, the cultural and art scene of Luxembourg will be enriched with a new dance festival, the Luxembourg Aerowaves Dance Festival. Created in 1996, the Aerowaves network offers young designers the opportunity to showcase their creations on the stages of many European cities.
The season of the international film festivals is going full speed and Luxembourg is right in the middle of it. Several short and feature films, which are coproduced by luxembourgish companies and cofinanced by the Luxembourg Filmfund are presented in Toronto, but also in Namur in the following months.
The Grand Duchy's eleventh annual festival of photography - 'photomeetings luxembourg' - will take place from 8 September to 17 October 2015. After ten years of existence, 'photomeetings luxembourg' is now acknowledged as the event at the heart of Europe which brings photography students and amateurs into contact with internationally recognised photographers and university specialists to allow discussion, creation, and a critical opinion of their art.
So spend the evening of 9 September in Luxembourg City to enjoy an evening of sound and light, in a popular party atmosphere. The setting is given by the end of this year's Schueberfouer, which is going to culminate in a splendid fireworks display!
What do a car driver, a cyclist, a pedestrian and a bus driver have in common? They all share the same space - the street - and form an integral part of one of the headaches of the 21st century: mobility. To put the subject in the front line, the Government and the associations are joining the European 'Mobility Week' initiative with the slogan 'Choose. Change. Combine'.