News · May

Literature

Georges Hausemer wins 2017 Batty Weber Prize

The jury, presided by Claude Conter, designated Georges Hausemer as winner of the Grand Duchy's prestigious literary prize.

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.

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Tourism

9 'Bed+Bike' labels awarded to accommodation establishments

The label guarantees that an accommodation establishment is equipped to host visitors touring by bike.

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.

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Science

Camilla Hurst: 'Acting now to control the transmission of bacteria' - Interview

Camilla Hurst, young scientist from Luxembourg

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.

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Science

Another award for Camilla Hurst

2,000 young scientists between 15 and 18 years old took part in the high-level competition. Three girls made up the Luxembourg delegation.

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.

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Sport

The Tour de Luxembourg – from 31 May until 4 June

720 km and a surprise guest

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.

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Development cooperation

Official development assistance: Luxembourg is generous

In 2016, the Grand Duchy contributed 1.02% of its GNI (gross national income) to ODA (official development assistance).

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).

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Sport

The Games of the Small States of Europe have begun!

From 29 May to 4 June, San Marino will host the Luxembourg team at the 2017 Games of the Small States of Europe

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.

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Sport

ING Marathon: the kings of the road are ready

Participate in Luxembourg's biggest popular nighttime event!

On Saturday 27 May at 7 p.m., close to 15,000 runners will fill the starting grid at the 12th edition of the ING Night Marathon. This year the event will beat all records of participation.

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Great ideas for the weekend

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team at luxembourg.lu has selected six great things to do this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - take your pick.

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

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Sport

68th Flèche du Sud

The 2017 edition will take place between 24 and 28 May

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.

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Health

Health system: Grand Duchy ranks 10th worldwide

Andorra heads the ranking; Central Africa is in last place.

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.

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Literature

2017 Servais Prize awarded to Nora Wagener

The 28-year-old Luxembourgish writer has won the Servais literary prize for her work entitled 'Larven'.

Nora Wagener has won the 2017 Servais Prize, while Anita Gretsch and Claire Leydenbach have received the incentive award for the novel entitled 'L’œil grand fermé'.

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Economy

Luxembourg comes second in the 2017 FM Global Resilience Index

Since 2008, Luxembourg has constantly moved up the rankings.

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.

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Great ideas for the weekend

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team at luxembourg.lu has selected six great things to do this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - take your pick.

Looking for some good ideas to make the most of your weekend? Our editorial staff has selected some fun events to try out this weekend. So, make yourself comfortable - here's our list!

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Tourism

The 'Guide for one day' tourism initiative has been launched

Let Luxembourg residents show you their Luxembourg

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.

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Economy

Luxembourg offers a business-friendly environment

The International Monetary Fund has given its appraisal of the role played by the Luxembourg Government in the country's economic development.

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.

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Culture

Museums: Open doors this weekend

It is a great opportunity to visit the 44 main museums of the country!

On the 20th and 21st of May 2017, the country's museums will open their doors. From Binsfeld to Schengen, discover Luxembourg's rich and diverse culture.

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Business

Business is booming for start-ups

The introduction of a new €1 limited liability company in January 2017 has led to a significant rise in the number of new companies created.

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.

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Cinema

70th Cannes Film Festival, 15th participation for Luxembourg

From 17 to 26 May, the country is taking part in this international event for the 15th year running.

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.

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Employment and work

Predictions on the increase in cross-border commuters over the next 40 years.

Fondation Idea has published its analyses of the situation of cross-border workers until 2060.

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.

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Economy

The financial sector is booming

The Grand Duchy is consolidating its position as a top financial centre.

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.

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Culture

'Gewosst wéi!' - learn to write Luxembourgish correctly

This brochure is part of a campaign to promote Luxembourgish spelling

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.

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Great ideas for the weekend

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team at luxembourg.lu has selected six great things to do this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - take your pick.

Looking for some good ideas to make the most of your weekend? Our editorial staff has selected some fun events to try out this weekend. So, make yourself comfortable - here's our list!

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European Union

Festival of Europe 2017

On 9 May of each year, Europe celebrates the anniversary of the famous Schuman Declaration, which is considered to have laid the foundations for the European Union.

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.

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Mobility

'Mam Vëlo op d’Schaff' - cycling to work

With the aim of promoting non-motorised transport, the awareness campaign launched by the Verkéiersverbond is encouraging people to use their bikes to get to work.

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.

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Economy

Record increase in employment in craft trades

The Luxembourg Chambre des métiers (Chamber of Skilled Trades) has just published its report for 2016 which shows that the sector seems to be doing very well.

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.

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Culture

Luxembourg City's ancient history on display at the MHVL

Luxembourg City History Museum now includes a permanent display devoted to the City's eventful history.

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.

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Population

The Grand Duchy's population increased by 2.5% last year

Statec has just published its annual bulletin about the country's population.

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.

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Tourism

The LINC conference takes place in the heart of the Ardennes

From 9 until 11 May 2017, the Oesling welcomes the international community of stakeholders in the development of rural economy.

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.

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History

The Luxembourg Crisis was resolved 150 years ago

The Second Treaty of London (1867) confirmed Luxembourg’s independence.

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.

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ICT

ICT Spring 2017 - the be-there ICT event in Europe

On 9 and 10 May, the biggest stakeholders in the ICT sector will be in Luxembourg.

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.

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Culture

The Grand Duchy's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

The Luxembourgish artist Mike Bourscheid will be representing the Grand Duchy at the 57th Venice Biennale international art exhibition.

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.

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Culture

Night of the Cathedrals on 6 May 2017

Discover the Cathedral Notre-Dame of Luxembourg

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.

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Festival and traditions

Luxembourg celebrates the Oktav!

The Oktav has been Luxembourg's most important religious festival since the 17th century and attracts some 60,000 believers every year.

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.

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Great ideas for the weekend

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team at luxembourg.lu has selected six great things to do 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 has selected some fun events to try out this weekend. So, have a seat - here's our list!

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Economy

The Grand Duchy supports SMBs

The Ministry of the Economy recently presented draft legislation aimed at reforming aid in favour of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

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.

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Employment and work

ADEM annual report - employment up, unemployment down

At the end of April 2017, the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le Développement de l'Emploi, ADEM) presented its annual report to the general public. The figures seem to be encouraging.

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.

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Research and innovation

Luxinnovation annual report: tailor-made for innovation

A positive assessment of the initiatives and a perspective of new missions

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.

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Culture

Nine Luxembourgish artists at the Grand Palais

Luxembourg is one of the 11 countries exhibiting at 'Le Banquet' for the international biennial of arts and crafts in Paris.

From 3 until 8 May 2017, the Grand Duchy exhibits its know-how in arts and crafts at the Grand Palais in Paris during the 3rd edition of this biennial dedicated to art.

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Leisure

The bathing season's here!

On 1 May 2017, bathing season starts in all of Luxembourg.

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.

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  • Updated 31-05-2017