News · February

Equal opportunities

Education - no gender gap in the Grand Duchy

The country's equal opportunities policy is paying off - in 2016, the Grand Duchy improved its score in the Global Gender Gap report.

In the Global Gender Gap report 2016 produced by the World Economic Forum, the Grand Duchy achieves an overall score of 0.734 points, on a scale from 0 (absence of parity) to 1 (full parity).

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Festival

'Printemps Musical' 2017

B.J. Scott to open the 35th 'Printemps Musical'. The festival offers a top-class programme of nine concerts of world music and jazz

The 'Printemps Musical' music festival will start on Friday, 24 February with a concert by one of the best blues and jazz voices. B.J. Scott will be presenting "Satin Dolls" at 8 p.m. at Neimënster (Salle Robert Krieps), featuring lesser-known gems of blues and jazz and her exceptional voice.

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Great ideas for the weekend

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.

Looking for some good ideas to make the most of 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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Mobility

How much time a year do Luxembourgers spend stuck in traffic jams?

With 33 hours, Luxembourg City ranks 134th in the world out of more than 1,000 cities analysed.

According to a study published recently by the American company Inrix, drivers in Luxembourg City spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016. This result puts Luxembourg City in 134th place. Esch-sur-Alzette, another town in the Grand Duchy included in the study, fares better, with just 21 hours spent stuck in traffic jams. It ranks 350th on the list.

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Tourism

The Bock Casemates open up

The tourist season starts again for visits of the Bock Casemates.

The Casemates, which are totally unique, are the star tourist attraction in Luxembourg City.

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Festivals and traditions

Carnival is celebrated properly in the Grand Duchy

According to TNS Ilres, two-thirds of the population of the Grand Duchy takes part in carnival!

Fuesgecken (carnival revellers) take advantage of this crazy time of year to dress up, party, and eat all sorts of carnival treats. Throughout February and March, particularly on Fuessonnden (carnival Sunday) and Fuesméinden (carnival Monday), various Luxembourgish associations organise a host of festive events throughout the country.

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Great ideas for the weekend

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.

Looking for some good ideas to make the most of 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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Design and Creative Industry

Jugendpräis: call for innovative projects

The SNJ invites young people with innovative projects to submit them until 15 February.

As organiser, the SNJ has just invited all young people with innovative projects to submit them until 15 February.

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Economy

Index of Economic Freedom: Luxembourg increases its score

Within two years, Luxembourg has advanced from the 21st to the 14th position

The American 'Heritage Foundation', in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, has published the 23rd edition of the 'Index of Economic Freedom'. Luxembourg comes in 14th place in this ranking which compares the degree of economic freedom in 180 countries.

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Quality of life

Survey of the financial needs of a family in the Grand Duchy

STATEC presents its benchmark budget

This is Jean and Marie, and their two children, Lis and Theo - STATEC's model family. They need 3,935 euros per month, according to a benchmark budget - this corresponds to the net amount they need to be able to live decently in the Grand Duchy. At least that's the conclusion reached by STATEC, the national institute of statistics, in a recently published study giving details of what this model household needs financially to be able to take an active part in society in the Grand Duchy.

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Tourism

The ORT Guttland opens its doors

The ORT works together with 20 municipalities of the region.

After its creation in May 2016, the new Regional Tourist Board (Office régional de tourisme, ORT) has now officially opened its doors to the public.

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Great ideas for the weekend

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.

Looking for some good ideas to make the most of 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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Population

Young and old in the Grand Duchy - different lifestyles

STATEC has just published a survey of Luxembourgers' habits as far as culture and sociability are concerned. Just what does it show?

STATEC's recent study of the cultural and social habits of the Grand Duchy's inhabitants reveals that the cinema, live performances, and visits to cultural sites attract nearly 60% of the total population. It also shows that participation in cultural activities decreases with age.

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Digital economy

Grand Duchy one of the ten top digital economies

At the end of January 2017, the European Commission published a new European study on digital transformation. The Grand Duchy occupies an honourable 6th place.

In a country, digital technologies create new markets and business opportunities. The major challenge consists of making sure that these opportunities are seized by industrial companies and services so that digitalisation can become a job-creating lever for growth in the country.

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Cinema

Three Luxembourg co-productions at the 2017 Berlinale

'Barrage', 'Bye Bye Germany' and 'Richard the Stork' are the three Luxembourgish movies having been selected.

The international Berlin festival returns for its 67th edition form 9 to 19 February. The eclectic programme includes 3 Luxembourg co-productions from three different studios: Red Lion, Samsa Film and Melusine Productions.

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ICT

Join the 'Safer Internet Day' 2017

The world mobilised for positive internet content.

Every year, the Safer Internet Campaign seeks to raise the internet users' awareness to problems linked to digital communication. Under the motto 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet', the 2017 edition of the Safer Internet Day takes place on Tuesday, 7 February in Luxembourg as well as in over 100 other countries.

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Local produce

Food Summit - the latest date in the calendar of the agri-foodstuffs sector

The first Food Summit is to be held in the Victor Hugo Hall in Luxembourg City on 7 February 2017.

The event is the latest buzz in the agri-foodstuffs sector - the Food Summit is to be held in Luxembourg City on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. It will be attended by 300 professionals from the food ecosystem, all with the same aim: bringing the players together and getting them involved, so as to promote local stakeholders and good practices in the sector.

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Great ideas for the weekend

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.

Looking for some good ideas to make the most of your weekend? Our editorial staff selected some events to test out this weekend. So, take a seat - here's our list!

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Sports

The route of the 2017 Tour de France in Luxembourg unveiled

Note down the 3 and 4 July 2017 to support Luxembourg's cyclists in the Tour de France

On 1 February, the Sports Minister, Romain Schneider, the Secretary of State for the Economy, Francine Closener, and the mayor of Mondorf-les-Bains, Lex Delles, presented the route of the 2017 Tour de France through Luxembourg, on 3 and 4 July.

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Employment and work

Young woman professionals earn more in Luxembourg than their male counterparts

A Statec study confirms that young women have higher pay in Luxembourg than young men

A study on the structure of salaries, conducted on a sample of some 2,000 companies and of over 20,000 employees in the country has revealed that young women between the ages of 25 and 34 (representing 43% of the workforce in this age group) are better paid than men of the same age.

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Quality of life

The Grand Duchy - a more expensive place to live than its neighbouring countries

According to the Xpatulator study, the Grand Duchy is the 43rd country in the world for expats in terms of cost of living.

According to the Xpatulator study, the Grand Duchy is one of the most expensive countries in the world in terms of cost of living for expats. In the latest edition, published in January 2017, the Grand Duchy has risen to 43rd place, from 47th place in April 2016. Its neighbours are further down the list: 56th place for Belgium, 67th place for Germany, 80th place for the Netherlands, and 83rd place for France.

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ICT

Luxembourg: a connected society

Only 3% of Luxembourg's households don't have access to the Internet

In 2016, nearly every household in Luxembourg had access to the Internet (97%). The few "off-line" households either don't have any use for the Internet or are connected elsewhere. They are mostly homes without children or teenagers. 95% of the users log-on on a daily basis for the greater part via their Smartphone.

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Economy

SNCI increases volume of aid

Three new financial aid products launched in 2015 are hugely successful

The National Credit and Investment Institution (Société nationale de crédit et d’investissement, SNCI) continues to serve as a public-law banking establishment. The SNCI, which specialises in medium- and long-term financing for businesses established in the Grand Duchy, has gradually increased its investments, from 22.1 million euros in 2014, to 100.6 million euros in 2015, and now to 177 million euros in the last financial year.

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  • Updated 27-02-2017