The excellent quality of Luxembourg crémant wines was confirmed at the 26th national congress of crémant wines from France and the Grand Duchy, held in Savoie (France). In all the Grand Duchy won 26 medals - 16 of them gold - from the 720 samples tasted by a panel of judges.
According to Eurostat, the statistics office of the European Communities, the population of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will probably reach 1,066,377 in 2080. Compared with previous projections, the update forecasts a lower migration balance, with a corresponding effect on the population figures: 1,287,296 inhabitants in the 2013 projection, compared with 1,066,377 in 2017. The threshold of one million inhabitants will probably be exceeded between 2061 and 2062.
Luxembourg will develop by 2018 a HPC (High Performance Computer) with the power of one petaflop/second, which corresponds to 1,000,000,000,000,000 operations per second. In this context, on 23 March 2017, the Minister of the Economy Étienne Schneider signed the declaration of European cooperation in the context of 'High Performance Computing' (HPC).
The London consultants Z/Yen have just published their latest report on the competitiveness of the world's financial centres. The global ranking lists 88 centres; the Grand Duchy has held its position as leader in the euro area for the past four years.
Luxembourg for Tourism GIE has become the first sector organisation to adopt Luxembourg’s new visual identity and to incorporate it into its communication tools. Its individual brand, Visit Luxembourg, has successfully integrated all the visual features of the country’s brand identity while maintaining its own personality to match its positioning.
Movinga, a platform specialised in the online moving business, has released a ranking of the most favourable cities for relocation of British companies after Brexit. As far as financial professionals are concerned, Luxembourg ranks 4th, leaving its neighbours Paris, Frankfurt and Brussels behind.
For the 7th time already, Luxembourg participated in the Special Olympics World Winter Games, a sports event for all athletes with intellectual disabilities. During the ten days of competition, from 14 to 24 March 2017, the Grand Duchy's delegation won a total of 16 medals, including 4 gold medals.
It's been 3 years that this award rewards the most original fiction program to be aired on radio. It's a one of a kind award for Luxembourg and the Greater Region. This year it is themed around great expectations: a broad topic which can be approached in various ways and literary genres, like science-fiction, polar, documentary or even satire.
The World Happiness Report (WHR) has been published annually since 2012, at the request of the United Nations. It ranks all the countries in the world according to their overall level of happiness. This years there are 155 countries in the ranking, and the Grand Duchy is well placed.
From 22 to 26 March, a breath of fresh air will be blowing through the halls at Luxexpo, which have been renamed "Luxexpo The Box". In addition to a change in identity for the site, the traditional spring fair has also had a thorough makeover. As it was felt to be out-of-date and lacking in momentum - the concept has been totally reworked. The new fair, renamed SPRINGBREAK LUXEMBOURG, will now last five days, rather than nine days as in the past. And it's being held earlier in the season.
Since the year 2008, the Ouni Pestiziden (without pesticides) campaign informs the public of the harmful impact that pesticides have on our environment and promotes the use of harmless alternatives. This years slogan: "It's your choice! Less poison, more biodiversity – a life without pesticides!», the campaign invites municipalities, citizens and companies to take part in the pesticide action week from 20th to 30th March 2017.
In its analysis, S&P emphasised the flourishing character of Luxembourg's economy, the efficiency of its institutions and public governance, as well as the prudent budget policy pursued by the Government. The agency is anticipating average GDP growth of 3.4% for the period 2017-2020. In particular, it expects a strengthening of household consumption following the implementation of the 2017 tax reform.
No fewer than 38 restaurants – including three with stars – invite you to treat your senses at very reasonable prices, from 17 to 26 March 2017. Gourmets of all ages can take advantage of the event to (re-)discover some superb dishes by top chefs.
The Luxembourgish survey and opinion poll institute TNS Ilres has just published the results of a study of the transport habits of Luxembourgers carried out in February 2017, with particular regard to taxis.
Recognising the importance of Luxembourgish as a language of communication and integration and as a literary language, the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth and the Ministry of Culture have adopted a long-term policy centred on Luxembourgish language and culture.
In 2014, according to a study by the national institute for statistics (STATEC), women spent an average of 5 hours and 29 minutes per day with their children, two hours more than their spouses, who only spent 3 hours and 29 minutes with them. More than 50% of men actually spend less than three hours a day with their children, compared with 31% of women.
Luxembourg is determined to set new challenges in space mining in order to develop a new economic pillar. This is the reason the government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the space robotics company ispace in the context of the SpaceResources.lu initiative.
Airinc, an american company specialised in international mobility, has just published a Global 150 cities Index (GCI) in which Luxembourg City positions itself in 3rd place. It is a ranking of 150 of the top global locations according to local salary levels, tax rates, living costs and living conditions – where Luxembourg City achieves an excellent third position.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), an institution set up by the Council of Europe, has just published its fifth report on the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In it, the Commission analyses a number of recent events, reports on its findings on the situation regarding human rights, and makes a number of recommendations to the authorities.
8 March every year provides an opportunity to step up communication about women's rights and the gender gap that is still too wide. It's not so much a day for celebration as an opportunity to determine how much progress has been made so far, and to honour the brave acts carried out by women today and in the past.
The European Commission annually publishes a report on the digital economy and society:lDigital Economy & Society Index (DESI). The DESI is a composite index measuring progress of EU countries towards a digital economy and society. It is composed of five principal policy areas: Connectivity; Human capital; Use of internet; Integration of digital technology; Digital public services.
The 8th March is a date to remember for the startups of Luxembourg and the Greater Region. For its first appearance in Europe, the well known Startup World Cup makes stop in the Grand Duchy. The international event is constructed around 16 regional semi-finals organised in all parts of the world.
In 2000, women in the Grand Duchy earned 15% less than their male counterparts. 15 years later, the gap had been narrowed to 4.9%. Out of all the countries analysed, the Grand Duchy ranks first, with the narrowest gender-related pay gap.
Disruptive technologies, innovative companies or the "uberisation" of traditional sectors, in these constantly evolving times "transition" is the new normal and companies start questioning their current business models. Digital upheavals are a daily occurrence and the question is when established companies will see their model and products affected by the disruption.