News · December

This weekend's good plans

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team of Luxembourg.lu selected 6 worthwhile events for this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - the choice is yours.

Are you looking for some good ideas to plan your weekend? Our editorial staff selected some events to test out this weekend. So, have a seat - here's our list!

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Public administration

News and changes for 2017

This is our overview of the new legal provisions and regulations

An important number of new legal provisions and regulations which directly concern the citizens entered into force at the end of 2016 or will enter into force in 2017. So, here's our non-exhaustive summary, the main changes that are you need to know about.

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Statistics

The Greater Region in 2016 - the figures

11 million inhabitants generated a GDP of 370 billion euros

On the occasion of the 15th Greater Region Summit held in Arlon on 20 December 2016 , the Greater Region's statistics offices published the 11th edition of 'Statistiques en bref'. And on 1 January 2017 the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg resumed the presidency of this vast cross-border area.

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Business

Seize the winter sales!

Take advantage of the reduced prices until 28 January 2017!

So, get set. Ready. Start off into the winter sales which take place from 30 December 2016 until 28 January 2017. Hunt down good deals and special offers in shops throughout the Grand Duchy, to find some post-Christmas bargains!

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Quality of life

What budget do you need to live in Luxembourg?

Statec has presented the results of its study project 'Towards a reference budget for Luxembourg'

The reference budget drafted by Statec is presented through goods and services baskets which are particular to different aspects of life. It includes all expenditures considered by the different baskets, including long-term investments (e.g. purchase of furniture or electrical appliances). It is not to be confounded with the actually available budget.

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Culture

'Resourceful Luxembourg' - the Grand Duchy's theme at the 2020 Universal Exposition

The Grand Duchy will be taking part in the universal exposition to be held in Dubai from October 2020 to April 2021.

The main theme of the exposition - 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' - highlights the power of collaboration and partnerships in building a better world. The design and construction of the pavilion, the time scale and the private partners were presented on 19 December 2016.

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Festival and traditions

Merry Christmas 2016!

The luxembourg.lu-Team wishes all of you: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Employment and work

Unemployment down by nearly 5% in 2016

There were 16,772 resident jobseekers available for work and registered with the ADEM on 30 November 2016.

The unemployment rate of residents is currently at its lowest level since 2012, at 6.2%. That's 0.5% lower than in November 2015. Proportionately, there are slightly more unemployed men than unemployed women. The over-50s are more affected, as are people with a 'lower' level of education.

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This weekend's good plans

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team of Luxembourg.lu selected 6 worthwhile events for this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - the choice is yours.

Are you looking for some good ideas to plan your weekend? Our editorial staff selected some events to test out this weekend. So, have a seat - here's our list!

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Economy

The Grand Duchy comes second in the list for EU countries with the best economic health

According to the 'Euro Plus Monitor 2016', the Grand Duchy stands in second place in the list of European Union countries in terms of overall health of the economy.

The Berenberg Bank and the Lisbon Council have just published the 6th edition of the study on the adjustment and overall health of the economies of the EU-28 countries, called Euro Plus Monitor 2016. The study analyses and ranks the countries on a scale of virtue ranging from 0 (the worst performance) to 10 (the best), basing its analysis on two composite indexes.

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Quality of life

What is a resident's average day like?

That is the question STATEC attempts to answer with its study entitled 'La journée d'un résident', published on 13 December 2016.

STATEC, the national institute for statistics and economic studies in the Grand Duchy, has just published a study entitled 'La journée d’un résident' setting out the results of a survey on use of time carried out in 2014. The aim is twofold: to give a faithful image of the everyday occupations of the Grand Duchy's residents over 10 years old, and to make it possible to study the quality of life of individuals. The study was carried out using a sample of more than 2,000 people.

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This weekend's good plans

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team of Luxembourg.lu selected 6 worthwhile events for this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - the choice is yours.

Are you looking for some good ideas to plan your weekend? Our editorial staff selected some events to test out this weekend. So, have a seat - here's our list!

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Economy

The Grand Duchy is competitive

According to the results of the national competitiveness indicators, the Grand Duchy ranks 7th among the 28 EU Member States.

The 2016 competitiveness report, published on 8 December, puts the Grand Duchy in 7th place on the list of all the countries in the European Union. In this 2016 edition, most of the indicators are green and growth is tending towards a qualitative logic. Compared with its neighbours, only the Netherlands are ahead of the Grand Duchy, ranking third in the general list.

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Employment and work

Telework is widespread in the Grand Duchy

Luxembourg is in the top 4 European countries presently practicing the most telework.

Since 2010, the practice of telework has clearly been increasing in the country: +3.1% in 5 years. That means that 6.1% of the active population were working at least 8 hours per week from their home in 2015. Suffice to say that the European average lies around 3%.

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Quality of life

Grand Duchy one of the top three countries with the highest purchasing power

30,248 euros - that's the figure for average purchasing power per inhabitant in the Grand Duchy in 2016, according to the 'Purchasing Power Europe 2016' study published by the company GfK.

GfK, a company that specialises in market and consumer studies, has just updated its study on purchasing power in Europe. The Purchasing Power Europe 2016 study measures purchasing power per inhabitant in 42 countries, after deducting taxes and social charges, and including all benefits received from the State.

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Economy

IMD World Talent Report 2016: Luxembourg in the Top 10

The Swiss institute IMD has published its third annual report entitled 'World Talent Report', which analyses talent — and thus also competitiveness — in over 60 countries worldwide.

The objectives of this report are to evaluate how different countries of the world: develop; attract; retain talents in their territory. A study that makes sense to the extent that the talents of a country are resources every economy and every business needs to grow and create sustainable added value.

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Digital economy

No difficulties accessing ICT in the Grand Duchy

The Grand Duchy takes 11th place in the general ranking in the 2016 ITU report.

At the end of 2016, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) published the new edition of its report entitled 'Measuring the information society'. The report analyses the introduction of information and communication technologies (ICT) in 175 countries and the potential for ICT-related development.

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Local produce

Ice wine is on its way

A rarity in the wine world, harvested in winter

In the night of Monday 28 to Tuesday 29 November 2016, temperatures finally sank below -7°C in the Grand Duchy. That means that the weather conditions were suitable for harvesting a wine rarity in the Grand Duchy, and indeed anywhere in the world - ice wine.

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Festivals and traditions

Whether you call him St Nicholas or Kleeschen, he's back again this year!

The patron saint of schoolchildren will be back on 6 December with treats for children in the Grand Duchy.

In the Grand Duchy, St Nicholas' feast day is a firmly rooted tradition, and one that is just as important as Christmas. And quite rightly: children at fundamental school are the only ones in Europe to have the day off on 6 December, so that they can take full advantage of Niklosdag (St Nicholas' feast day).

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Local produce

The wine harvest is in the news

2016 looks like being a very good year, despite a few problems

There are few areas of the food and drink sector as dependent on the weather as vine-growing and wine production. Seasons that are too wet or too dry can quickly ruin a year's vintage, in addition to all the other factors involved in producing wine. And 2016 has been particularly difficult, with a spring — and an early summer — that were far too wet. Thank goodness the months of August and September came to the rescue.

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Cinema

French-language Cinema Trophies - 3 out of 9 for Luxembourg!

The Grand Duchy was extremely successful at the 4th edition of the French-language Cinema Trophy awards, in the Lebanon.

Of the fifty short and full-length films selected - including four Luxembourgish productions –, three Luxembourgish productions received an award at the French-language Cinema Trophies award ceremony on Saturday, 3 December 2016. A splendid performance that deserves to be highlighted.

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This weekend's good plans

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team of Luxembourg.lu selected 6 worthwhile events for this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - the choice is yours.

Are you looking for some good ideas to plan your weekend? Our editorial staff selected some events to test out this weekend. So, have a seat - here's our list!

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Family

The rules governing parental leave have changed

Since 1 December 2016, the rules on parental leave have changed. The reform introduces, among other things, a flexibilisation of the periods of leave which on one hand meets the needs of working parents and on the other, the needs of employers.

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Social affairs

New social parametres are valid as of 1 December 2016

The parameters take into account the new parental leave

With the entry into force on Thursday 1 December 2016 of the Law of 3 November 2016 on the reform of parental leave, the social parametres have been updated by the Inspectorate General of the Social Security (Inspection générale de la sécurité sociale, IGSS) to reflect the changes introduced by this law.

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  • Updated 30-12-2016