On 30 January 2017, on the occasion of the 46th International Film Festival of Rotterdam Pierre-Louis Lorenz, ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in The Hague (Netherlands), signed the revised European convention on cinematographic co-production.
Game programmers, film producers, designers and all other creative professionals in the Grand Duchy will now be able to get together in one place to talk things over, try out their ideas, and find investors and support. They will find all the support they need for their work, whether they are start-ups or established businesses.
According to Mayor Lydie Polfer, the city currently has a population of more than 114,000; there are rather more men than women (51.19% and 48.81%). In the past year, the population of Luxembourg City has increased by nearly 3,600! That's an increase of 3.25% compared with the previous count.
According to the latest figures published in the Legatum Prosperity Index report, the Grand Duchy's health system is the best in the world. According to the ranking in the study, the Grand Duchy takes first place, ahead of Singapore and Switzerland.
Nearly 50 years after which Luxembourg last hosted the world championships, the country once again is home to this event, one of the most important sports events of the last years, comparable to Gilles Müller's recent victory at the ATP World Tour 2017.
Transparency International has just published the 2016 edition of its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). This non-governmental organisation puts the Grand Duchy in the Top 10, with a score of 81 points. The Grand Duchy has managed to retain its 10th place, which it shares with Germany and the United Kingdom. This means the Grand Duchy is considered as being one of the countries where corruption in the public sector is perceived as being at a low level.
According to the World Economic Forum's 2017 report, the Grand Duchy ranks second in the IDI (Inclusive Growth and Development Index), a new index developed to provide more, and fine-tuned information on countries' economic development level, compared with other models that are based solely on the ratio of GDP to inhabitant.
A grand total of 821,000 tonnes of air cargo passed through the Grand Duchy's only airport in 2016. That's equivalent to the weight of 137,000 elephants, 45,000 buses, or about 13,000 army tanks! The growth rate for 2016 was 8.2%, roughly double the growth figure for the period 2014 to 2015 (with the throughput of 759,000 tonnes of cargo). It is worth pointing out that this rate is much higher than the global average of 3.2% calculated on the basis of the statistics for November 2016 drawn up by the IATA.
Do you recall grammar and spelling classes at school? It was rarely an exciting experience which awakened your passion for a given language. That's why the Ministry of National Education has decided to tackle the spelling of the Luxembourg language in an unconventional way — with a varied, playful and captivating media campaign and reminiscent of Luxembourg masterpieces of artistic creation.
The call for projects on the design of the Luxembourg pavilion for the World Fair 2020 Dubai is available on the portal for public procurement contracts. Associations of architects and scenographers are invited to submit their project no later than 20 March 2017 in order to participate in the public call for tender.
The Global Innnovation Index (GII) compares the innovation capacity of the different economies throughout the world. After comparing the data of 78 countries worldwide, Luxembourg ranks itself in 34th place and scores 59.20 points.
Enthusiasts of national beer can also be found outside of Luxembourg! The Lau family, Luxembourg expats in China since the 70's, have been selling the famous product from the Luxembourg national brewery in the country ever since their move.
The next municipal elections will take place on 8 October 2017. Since 2005, citizens of foreign nationality, who have reached the age of 18 years on the day of the municipal elections and who have resided for at least five years in the Grand Duchy at the time of their registration on the electoral lists, are allowed to vote in the municipal elections.
The aim of the HelloFuture project launched at the start of 2017 is to promote jobs in industry and technology among young people (at every level of study) in the Grand Duchy. The purpose in connecting schools and industry is to rejuvenate the image of the sector which, let's not forget, represents more than 100,000 jobs in the Grand Duchy.
Did you know that eminent ICT companies have their headquarters in Luxembourg? Did you know that Luxembourg hosts 8 data centres of the highest category, tier IV? Or that Luxembourg leads a European project for a supercalculator?
The S.à.r.l.-S allows entrepreneurs in Luxembourg to start their own company from 1 euros onwards. Contrary to the classic S.à.r.l. statute, you don't need a capital of 12,000 euros to start your own company. So, with a budget of between 1 and 12,000 euros, anyone can now embark on an entrepreneurial adventure.
At the end of 2016 the World Economic Forum (WEF) published a new edition of its report on international trade - the Global Enabling Trade Report 2016. The report, published every two years since 2008, features a composite index - the Enabling Trade Index (ETI) - which assesses the extent to which the 136 economies analysed have in place the factors facilitating the free flow of goods over borders and to their destination.
The state's school and university restaurant service, Restopolis, organises a themed week on the topic of 'consume locally' in over 90 restaurants and canteens in Luxembourg from 16 until 20 January.
In a globalised world, a country's human capital is a key factor in its competitiveness. Most countries around the world not only want to grow and attract talent, but also to retain it. This is the idea developed by the INSEAD business school in establishing its annual report on countries' talent competitiveness (GTCI*).
At the end of 2016, Forbes drew up a list of "the best countries for business". Of the 139 countries analysed, the Grand Duchy ranks among the top 20, in a splendid 14th place. The ranking is headed by Sweden, New Zealand, and Hong Kong, in that order. Sweden ranked among the top 10 countries in seven of the eleven categories measured.
The 'Vakanz' fair has been held in January each year in the Grand Duchy for more than twenty years. 200 exhibitors from all over the world present their tourist and holiday offers to the general public over an area covering more than 14,000 sq.m.
On 28 September 2016, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Australia signed an agreement on a 'work and holiday' programme giving 100 young Luxembourgers (between 18 and 30 years old) and 100 Australians the opportunity to spend a year in the partner country. A similar programme with New Zealand is to begin in April 2017.
The 'climate bank and sustainable housing' package (Klimabank an nohaltegt Wunnen), promoting sustainable low-energy housing, has just been adopted at the start of 2017, together with four separate but complementary measures, including the Klimabank.
Each 1 January, the Inspectorate General of the Social Security (Inspection générale de la sécurité sociale, IGSS) updates the list of social parametres for Luxembourg. It is based on these parametres that e.g. salaries, pensions, contributions, allowances and benefits are calculated.
In the Grand Duchy, the duration of annual leave consists of 25 workdays per year, regardless of the age of the employee. However, a collective convention or an individual agreement between employer and employee may allow a higher number of days of annual leave. Added to the annual holidays are ten statutory public holidays per year.