The jury for the Batty Weber Prize, comprising Franck Colotte, Frank Feitler, Jeanne E. Glesener, Jean-Claude Henkes, Nathalie Jacoby, Elise Schmit and president Claude D. Conter, decided to award the prize to Georges Hausemer in recognition for his constant and exemplary commitment to the Grand Duchy's literary scene.
What would you say, after a day spent cycling through the spectacular landscapes of the Grand Duchy, if you knew that were already a hotel or campsite to meet all your needs as a cyclist? Since 2011, Luxembourg has had the 'Bed+Bike' tourism label, awarded to accommodation establishments fulfilling a list of conditions to host and offer suitable accommodation for cycle tourists and their bikes.
At the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles on May, 20th, Camilla Hurst took fourth place from among 2,000 particpants aged 15 to 18. The ISEF is the largest international science fair for young students in the world. An interview with Camilla Hurst.
She is only 16, but already a prodigy in the scientific community. She has proven it yet again. On 20 May, Camilla Hurst won the 4th prize in her category with her project entitled The Role of Materials and Surfaces in the Transmission of Bacteria in Public Places at the International Science and Engineering Fair, the most prestigious pre-university competition in the world, held from 13 to 20 May 2017 in Los Angeles.
This is the unmissable cycling event of the beginning of the summer! From 31 May until 4 June, the 2017 edition of the Skoda Tour de Luxembourg takes place. About a hundred national and international cyclists from the great international and continental stables will cover more than 720 kilometres throughout the Grand Duchy in order to win the coveted golden jersey of the best cyclist.
The Luxembourg government's development cooperation policy is clear: it places great emphasis on honouring the commitment made in 1970 within the United Nationsgeneral assembly, namely contributing at least 0.70% of its gross national income (GNI) to official development assistance (ODA).
152 athletes will be representing Luxembourg at the Games of the Small States of Europe in 2017. The sporting line-up includes events from twelve disciplines: athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, bowls, judo, swimming, tennis, table tennis, archery, shooting and volleyball.
Bringing together Luxembourgish and international cyclists, the 68th Flèche du Sud is going to take place between 24 May and 28 May 2017. The Flèche du Sud, which has been taking place since 1949, is without doubt one of the country's most important races and has served as a jump-off point to an international career for many a professional cyclist. Organised by the Vélo Union Esch, the race is part of the official UCI Europe Tour calendar.
According to a comparative study published in the medical journal 'The Lancet', the Grand Duchy's health system is one of the best in the world. The Grand Duchy ranks 10th in an international comparison of 195 countries.
FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial and industrial property insurers, publishes an annual report analysing the resilience of countries and territories to supply chain disruptions: the FM Global Resilience Index. This index is particularly useful for companies operating at cross-border level, which often have to deal with a variety of risks.
In Luxembourg, now it's not only up to licensed tourist guides to show visitors the beauty of the country: with the 'Guide for one day' initiative set up by the Ministry of the Economy, every resident can show interested parties their very own Luxembourg.
Governments have a crucial part to play in the economy of their country. The government is responsible for the legal and regulatory framework for all economic activity in the country; it reallocates resources as needed and stabilises and supports the economy via its fiscal policy. The measures taken by a government can either encourage companies to invest or provide them with reasons to stay away.
For the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, 2016 was an eventful year with a host of new developments. In its 175th anniversary year, the institution witnessed an unprecedented increase in the number of start-ups.
Even though Luxembourg (co-)productions were selected 25 times and won 6 awards since the country began participating in the event, the Grand Duchy is not represented in the festival's official competition this year.
Today the cross-border workforce is essential to the Luxembourg economy. It currently represents 43% of total employment in Luxembourg and concerns some 170,000 cross-border commuters, mostly coming from Belgium, France and Germany.
The Grand Duchy is the leading centre of private banking in the euro area and the second most important centre worldwide for investment funds. The Grand Duchy's financial sector attracts private and institutional investors because of its political, economic and social stability, its modern legal and regulatory environment, and its international outlook. According to the latest figures published by Luxembourg's central bank and the ALFI (Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry), financial activity in the Grand Duchy is tending to increase.
Gudde Moien*! Whether you live in Luxembourg or you're visiting the Grand Duchy, you will certainly hear a language being spoken that sounds to the uninitiated ear like a mix of Dutch, French and German. This is Lëtzebuergesch, the language of integration in Luxembourg and one of the country's three administrative languages. However, Lëtzebuergesch was long treated as a vernacular language, with no set spelling. With the new brochure 'Gewosst wéi!', the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth is offering a tool to all those who want to learn to write Luxembourgish correctly.
The European Union institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg are taking this opportunity to celebrate Europe Dayby opening their doors to the publicfrom early to mid-May. In Luxembourg, on 13 and 14 May,the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Auditors and the European Parliament await thousands of visitors of all ages from throughout the world in order to familiarise them with the roles of the institutions and the way they operate.
The initiative, launched by the Verkéiersverbond, is aimed more particularly at professionals and schoolchildren, encouraging them to use their bikes at least 15 times between 15 May and 31 July.
It’s quite simple, 2016 was a prolific year for the craft trades sector in Luxembourg! Despite a modest rise in the number of companies set up (+144), we saw a very strong increase in employment with 4,506 extra people(or an increase of 5.2% of total employment between 2015 and 2016). The craft trades sector thus currently employsover 90,500 people.
The founding act of Luxembourg City, consisting of a document attesting the exchange of territory, dates back to the year 963 – Luxembourg City is therefore more than a thousand years old. The City has been occupied on several occasions, ransacked, and fortified. It has also known years of glory that can still be seen in its rich architectural heritage, influenced by centuries of exchange with all the cultures of continental Europe. Today it is as much a fortress city (on UNESCO's World Heritage List) as a European capital – a true crossroads of cultures and nationalities.
According to Statec, the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, the country's population has increased from 576,000 (1 January 2016) up to 590,667 inhabitants as of 1 January 2017. Quite the increase, which stands out to confirm the high quality of life Luxembourg has to offer you.
Every year, members of the various European LEADER initiatives come together in the context of the LINC conference (LEADER Inspired Network Community). The event's goal is to bring together international stakeholders in rural development in order to exchange ideas.
150 years ago, the international press was very concerned about the fate of Luxembourg. In a very tense European context, the issue of the ownership of the fortified city ofLuxembourgran the risk of plunging the continent into a maelstrom of war – and gave Luxembourg the status of neutral country.
For its 8th edition, ICT Spring will be focusing on four main subjects: fintech, all things digital, space, and industry, which will be developed over these two intense days, closing with an awards ceremony and a gala dinner.
The artist's work entitled Thank you so much for the flowers will be representing the Grand Duchy at the Venice Biennale, in the Luxembourg Pavilion. It is open to the public from 13 May to 26 November 2017.
The Cathedral Notre-Dame of Luxembourg participates in the Night of the Cathedrals on 6 May 2017. Every year in this context, thirty cathedrals (especially French) open their doors until midnight and offer a rich cultural programme.
For 2 weeks, from 6 until 21 May 2017, the country's parishes and the faithful from the German Eifel region, the Belgian Luxembourg Province and the French Lorraine embark on a pilgrimage towards Luxembourg in order to celebrate and honour the Virgin Mary, also called Our Lady of Luxembourg.
The proposed new aid scheme offers additional possibilities for the Ministry of the Economy to accompany and support SMBs, in order to encourage the creation, development, conversion and redirection of businesses that are influential in the country's economic development. The new aid scheme would make SMBs more competitive on the national and European markets.
According to ADEM, the Grand Duchy saw steady growth in employment in 2016. Salaried employment increased by 3.3% compared with the previous year, and unemployment fell by 4.6% over the same period. The reduction in unemployment seems to be sustained, since the trend has lasted for two years already.
Luxinnovation, the national agency for innovation and research in Luxembourg, has published its 2016 annual report. At the presentation, a positive assessment of the current initiatives and programmes was made and an expansion of the structures in order to fulfill their new missions was announced: prospection, marketing, communication and promotion.
The Lake Weiswampach (lake reserved for swimming) in the municipality of Weiswampach; Remerschen ponds (pond reserved for swimming) in the municipality of Schengen; Lake Upper Sûre in the adjacent municipalities of Boulaide, Rambrouch, Neunhausen, Lac de la Haute-Sûre and Esch-sur-Sûre, are open to swimming and bathing.