This typically Luxembourgish treat will be available in the Grand Duchy's supermarkets from 7 October*. Fiederwäissen is the first wine of the season, giving us a foretaste of the year's vintage.
The 2016 version of the annual booklet published by Statec (the Grand Duchy's national institute of statistics and economic studies) has just been published. It is in a practical pocket-sized format, easy to carry about, in three languages: French, English, and German.
The Grand Duchy has no reason to be shy of its excellent ranking in 20th place in the 2016-2017 edition of the Global Competitiveness Index recently published by the World Economic Forum. Among the 138 countries tested, the Grand Duchy continues to rate as one of the most competitive economies in the world.
The Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX) has just taken its first steps! This platform, dedicated to green financial instruments, makes the Luxembourg Stock Exchange the world's first stock exchange to restrict itself to environment-friendly financial products. Access is restricted to issuers meeting strict criteria for admissibility. The platform is aiming at establishing a new benchmark for the strongly developing market for green securities.
In the 20th edition of the half-yearly Global Financial Centres Index, the consultancy agency Z/Yen evaluated 87 financial centres from all over the world according to their competitiveness. In this ranking, Luxembourg comes in 12th position globally and in 3rd position of the European financial centres. In all, the index confirms the dynamism and the international outlook of the financial centre.
In its latest publication, the famous international ranking of higher education establishments - the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2017 - has placed the University of Luxembourg in 178th place among the 978 universities ranked worldwide. Compared with last year (193th place in 2015), the University has improved its result in every category.
To mark its fifth anniversary, the Luxembourg association of translators and interpreters (Association luxembourgeoise des traducteurs et interprètes, ALTI) is organising the first day in honour of translators and interpreters in the Grand Duchy, on 30 September at the CNL.
On Sunday, 25 September 2016, eleven businesses and institutions located on the Kirchberg plateau on the outskirts of Luxembourg City will be opening their doors to art-lovers during the Private Art Kirchberg event. On display will be a number of collections that are normally only seen by employees and clients; they include a number of works by internationally renowned artists. At the same time you will be able to explore the interior of some of the Kirchberg's architectural gems.
Dirndl, beer and pretzel — every year, the Oktoberfest attracts thousands of revelers who enjoy the unique atmosphere. National and international music groups play for the pleasure of the visitors, there is a traditions procession and you'll be able to see men and women dressed up in Lederhosen and Dirndl. No, we are not talking about the mega-event which takes place every year in Munich, but about its somewhat smaller Luxembourgish cousin which takes place from 22 to 25 September 2016 in Alzingen, south of Luxembourg City.
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!
Evidence of the Grand Duchy's past is all around us. It takes the form of monuments, houses, archives and remains. A rich heritage, and using new technologies it can sometimes be accessible virtually. Even so, to really get the feel of a place and all its history, a real visit is still the best solution. And that's why the 2016 Heritage Days have adopted the theme of accessibility for all. People with reduced mobility are now able to access more castles and churches, including for example the castle in Clervaux and the water tower in Dudelange.
For this 7th edition, the films will be shown in the evening, either at the Ciné-Utopia (Avenue de la Faïencerie in Luxembourg City) or at the national cinematheque (Place du Théâtre). The programme comprises 15 films from England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, ranging from drama to documentary, including adventure, comedy and thriller genres.
On 16 September 2016 the credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) again confirmed that the Grand Duchy had obtained an "AAA" rating from the three main agencies: S&P, Moody’s and Fitch. The Grand Duchy is one of the countries at the top of the list for the rating for sovereign debts of member States of the euro area, alongside Germany, Finland, Austria and the Netherlands.
The Grand Duchy has been taking part in this event for more than ten years. The Verkéiersverbond (Transport Community) is encouraging municipalities to organise awareness-raising events on the event's theme. This year's slogan is "Smart mobility. Strong economy".
On 17 and 18 September 2016, the public is invited to take a look behind the scenes in a number of businesses throughout the Grand Duchy. Visit, ask questions, and find out all you ever wanted to know about businesses in the Grand Duchy.
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?
After creating a sensation in Brazil in August last year at the 18th International Environmental Film and Video Festival (FICA), receiving an award at the 33rd International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) in France in April 2016, and winning the prize for best documentary at the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) in the United States, Pol Cruchten's film continues to be a topic of conversation.
Saturday, 10 September 2016 will see the first edition of the Mullerthal Ultra Trail, in the Grand Duchy's 'Little Switzerland'. The event comprises three long-distance races - 112 (km (the Ultra Trail), 75 km (the Long Trail), and 35 km (the Trail).
The editorial staff of luxembourg.lu would like to thank all the entrants for submitting their photos to our Schueberfouer summer contest. As all the pictures were so lovely, picking the winning ones was no easy task.
Luciano Fratini was born on 31 October 1963. He holds a qualification from the Michel Lucius technical secondary school in Luxembourg City; he is married, and has two children. He is currently manager of the accessible housing company AH sàrl, based in Luxembourg City. What makes him different is that he has been paraplegic since May 1985.
Joël Wagener was born in Luxembourg on 17 August 1972. He is married and has two children; he currently lives in Lenningen. He has been physically handicapped since October 1994, after suffering an accident at work (he worked for the national railway company). He is the second handicapped athlete to be selected for the Paralympics in Rio.
The season of international film festivals is now well under way. The Grand Duchy is well and truly present, with two productions included in this year's Toronto festival. The TIFF is considered one of the world's most important festivals. More than 300 films are screened, in a number of categories.
Tom Habscheid, born on 11 August 1986, is a native of Useldange and currently works at the CNA in the town of Dudelange – where he is also a member of the local athletics club. Its particularity is to have a congenital femoral deficiency. He proudly represents the colours of our country at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
To mark the end of the summer and its festivals, don't miss the great firework display at the Fouer! The place to be is on the Grande-Duchesse Charlotte bridge, at 10 p.m., to admire this explosion of colours offered by the City of Luxembourg and the Comité International des Festivités de la Schueberfouer asbl.
As every year for nearly ten years now, the route of the 'Discover Luxembourg' rally will take you to the most attractive parts of the city. The rally has become a regular event in the city centre; it allows anyone who participates to discover Luxembourg City in a different way. Fun tests, sport challenges, puzzles - it's all there for a bit of educational fun.
The Schueberfouer has just started, and already the great summer sales event is there! The date to remember is Monday, 5 September 2016. Visitors are invited to stroll the streets of Luxembourg and be tempted by the multitude of discounts offered by hundreds of retailers participating in that day. Traders await for you between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on over 5 km in the vicinity of the station and in the city centre, whose roads have been exceptionally closed to traffic for the day, as only the bus will circulate.