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Culture

Discover Luxembourg's Little Switzerland in a different way!

You think you have seen everything of the Mullerthal? You think you know the region like the back of your hand? Expect to be surprised by the Discover 2017 summer programme then!

Who says Mullerthal firstly thinks of the Trail, the Schiessentümpel waterfall and the culinary pleasures. But there is much more on offer in the region!

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Sport

Luxembourg is ready to host the Tour de France

The country celebrates the passage of the Grande Boucle

On 27 June, the Minister of Sport, Romain Schneider, and the Secretary of State for the Economy, Francine Closener, presented the events and embellishments on site in the municipalities that have been organised on the run-up towards the passage of the Tour de France 2017.

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Culture

Discovering Luxembourg in the Middle Ages

The National Museum of History and Art is opening a new permanent exhibition on 'Urban Archaeology'.

Using more than 250 items found in Luxembourg City, the new exhibition at the National Museum of History and Art (musée national d'Histoire et d'Art, MNHA) traces the city's urban development, from the Middle Ages to modern times (end of the 15th century). The opening of this new section of the museum, the fruit of thirty years of urban archaeology and a hundred or so archaeological digs, marks the end of the MNHA's architectural refurbishment.

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Finance

The Climate Finance Accelerator completes the range of green finance actions in Luxembourg

The initiative will assist investment fund managers

On 26 June 2017, the government announced the creation of a joint initiative between the government and a group of private actors. This initiative, known as the Climate Finance Accelerator, joins the three initiatives already implemented by the government to harness the expertise of the Luxembourg finance sector in the fight against climate change. The ultimate aim is to establish Luxembourg as a leader in the field of green finance.

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Research and innovation

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a strong innovator

The European Commission has just published its annual report on innovation across the EU.

The European Innovation Scoreboard is published each year in order to compare the level of innovation of the different countries in the European Union. In 2017, the Grand Duchy is considered a 'strong innovator', and ranks 8th, above the European average.

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Festivals and traditions

Four weeks of culture with the Wiltz Festival

From 28 June to 23 July 2017, the imposing backdrop of the Château de Wiltz will be transformed into a vast open-air stage.

Wiltz is proud to unveil the 65th edition of its famous cultural festival. From the end of June to the end of July, the town will be hosting an eclectic mix of dance, music, theatre and circus productions. The festival, which lasts nearly four weeks, features ten great events, starting with a chance to (re)discover the artist Agnes Obel on Wednesday 28 June at 9pm.

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Local produce

Bio-Agrar-Präis 2017 – your vote counts

This year, for the first time, the public is to decide which project will be awarded the organic farming prize.

The Bio-Agrar-Präis is intended as a reward for a farm, a project or a business for its merits in terms of organic farming. The prize, which is worth 4,000 euros, is divided into two new categories: the jury award and the people's choice award. The call for entries was launched in April 2017, and closed on 15 May. Eight entries were submitted to the jury.

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Economy

Luxembourg tops the European actual individual consumption (AIC) ranking

According to Eurostat figures, consumption levels in Luxembourg are 32% above the EU average

The Eurostat indicator for actual individual consumption (AIC) confirms that Luxembourg is way out in front in the European ranking. The level of actual individual consumption per capita in the small country at the centre of the European Union (EU) stands at 132% of the EU average.

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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 for you 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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Festival and traditions

National Day 2017: let's celebrate together!

Festivities and rejoicing everywhere in the country

Luxembourg's National Day will be celebrated on 23 June 2017. As every year, tens of thousands of Luxemburgers, foreign residents, cross-border workers and tourists gather in the towns and villages of Luxembourg to celebrate the anniversary of HRH the Grand Duke.

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Population

The Grand Duchy and its multicultural population

STATEC has just published a report on the place of residence of the main nationalities present in the Grand Duchy.

With 48% of foreigners of nearly 170 different nationalities, the Grand Duchy has the highest ratio of foreigners in its population of all the countries in the OECD. 80% of foreign residents where born elsewhere and emigrated to the Grand Duchy. This evolution confirms the Grand Duchy's economic dynamism and its attractive quality of life. On the basis of the 2011 census, the STATEC study aims to describe the place of residence of the main nationalities present in the Grand Duchy, and to point to the differences that exist.

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Aerospace industry

2017 International Paris Air Show

From 19 to 25 June 2017, Luxembourg will be showcasing its expertise at Le Bourget.

The 52nd edition of the International Paris Air Show(salon international de l'aéronautique et de l'espace, Siae), an event which dates back to 1909, will be taking place at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre from 19 to 25 June. More than 350,000 visitors are expected at this leading trade show for the aeronautical and aerospace industry.

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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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Leisure

Summer in the City is back!

From 21 June to 7 September 2017, Luxembourg will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate summer.

Every year, the start of summer coincides with the launch of the Summer in the City festival. Organised by the LCTO (Luxembourg City Tourist Office), this year's festivities will take place from 21 June to 7 September. The programme includes concerts, music festivals, street entertainment, open-air screenings, markets, festivals, exhibitions and popular events. A host of activities for young and old alike will get Luxembourg City – and the surrounding area – buzzing for the next three months.

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Culture

Five days of music across five continents

The 'Fête de la Musique' is back in the Grand Duchy, starting on 16 June. These five days of musical fireworks are dedicated to renewal.

La Fête de la Musique fera son retour au Luxembourg le vendredi 16 juin 2017. A cette occasion, plus de 4.000 jeunes musiciens et artistes confirmés rythment les rues à travers le pays pour honorer la 16e édition de cet événement populaire qui va durer jusqu’au 21 juin. Avec plus de 250 concerts de rues et de spectacles sonores en plein air gratuits, cette grande manifestation est devenue le plus grand événement culturel au Grand-Duché.

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Sport

Swimming, cycling and running: the Ironman 2017 will challenge you

The 5th edition of Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg will take place on the banks of the Moselle from 16 to 18 June.

Since it was launched in Luxembourg, Ironman 70.3 has become extremely popular. Thousands of athletes are eager to take part each year. This 5th edition, which takes place on 16 to 18 June, includes a triathlon and two new races (Irongirl and Ironkids) which promise a great experience.

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Research and innovation

The Luxembourg Institute of Health publishes its 2016 report

A year which focused on prevention and personalised medicine

The Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), a public research organisation dedicated to the biomedical sector, has just published its annual report for 2016. The LIH plays an active role in biomedical research in Luxembourg, and has 350 staff, including some 200 researchers, at its six locations across the country.

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Gastronomy

Sharpen your taste at the Expovin 2017

Discover the best wines, spirits, beers as well as national and international delicacies at the Food and Wine Festival 2017 –Expovin.

Over 5 days, from 14 to 18 June 2017, all the key players of Luxembourg's wine industry invite you to the Hall Victor Hugo in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg for a pleasant time. Expovin – Food and Wine Festival 2017, founded by Luxembourg's wine producers and importers, is to be considered as the first national fair entirely focused on wine, beer, beverages and food made in Luxembourg.

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Economy

Cost of living - Switzerland leads the field in Europe

According to the Cost of Living study carried out by ECA International, the capital of Angola is the most expensive city to live in worldwide.

The world's most expensive places for expats to live are not always the ones you think. Although there is a tendency to say that London and New York are the most expensive cities in the world, it's not true. The cost of living in a developing country can in fact be higher.

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Cinema

Annecy 2017 - a record seven selections for the Grand Duchy!

From 12 to 17 June, Luxembourgish co-productions will be showcased at the International Animation Film Festival in Annecy (France).

This year the Grand Duchy has beaten all its records for selection at the Festival! With seven co-productions in the official selection, the Grand Duchy is extremely well represented.

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Sport

Grand Duchy is European robot football champion

The RoboCup German Open was held in Magdeburg (D) in May.

The Grand Duchy is European robot football champion. From 5 to 7 May 2017, the Grand Duchy's Luxembourg United team competed at the RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg (Germany); winning the Challenge Shield qualifies the team to take part in the world cup competition in Japan.

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Culture

2017 "Lëtzebuerger Danzpräis" awarded to Simone Mousset

The talented Luxembourg dancer already has a strong international reputation.

The judging panel for the Lëtzebuerger Danzpräis has awarded this year's prize to Luxembourg dancer and choreographer Simone Mousset, "in recognition of the talent of a bold young choreographer whose unique artistic approach portrays a sincere, original message. The panel would like to congratulate the winner and encourage her to continue on this path."

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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 for you to try out this weekend. So, have a seat - here's our list!

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Theatre

TalentLAB is back

TalentLAB#17 takes place from 9 to 18 June in the theatres of the city of Luxembourg.

After a successful run last year, the TalentLAB opens its gates once more to the second edition of this event dedicated to showcasing emerging artistic talents. This 10 day long laboratory allows young talents to develop their projects with the help of experts from the creative sector.

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Music

Start of the Festival international Echternach 2017

The abbey will be echoing to the sounds of jazz and classical music

Although Echternach is small in terms of size, it is a major cultural centre in the Grand Duchy. The town has two places with an exceptional acoustic - the Trifolion and the basilica of the former abbey - that seem to be predestined to serve as venues for all kinds of concerts: the festival programme ranges from Baroque music through classical music to jazz.

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Economy

The Luxembourg economy benefits its citizens

In the World Economic Forum ranking, Luxembourg has a robust labour market, low public debt and a high median standard of living.

Luxembourg is the second most inclusive economy in the world. This was revealed by the Inclusive Development Index, a new index developed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) which assesses growth on the one hand and well-being on the other.

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National Day (Fête Nationale)

National Day 2017: the public is invited to the official ceremony

On 23 June, at 10 a.m., an official ceremony is going to take place at the Luxembourg Philharmonie.

On the occasion of the celebration of the birthday of HRH the Grand Duke, an official ceremony is going to take place on Friday, 23 June 2017 at the Luxembourg Philharmonie.

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Employment and work

Continued growth is a boost for the employment sector

Unemployment reaches a record low in Luxembourg and in the Eurozone.

For three years now, the Cellule emploi-travail (Employment and Work Unit) of the Inspection générale de la sécurité sociale (General Inspectorate of Social Security, IGSS) has published a scoreboard on recruitments and contract terminations (in other words the labour flow) in Luxembourg.

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Economy

World Competitiveness Yearbook: Grand Duchy ranks 8th in the world

Having moved up from 11th to 8th position in the space of a year, the Grand Duchy is back in the top 10 of the world's most competitive countries.

The 2017 edition of the World Competitiveness Yearbook, produced by Switzerland's International Institute for Management Development, analyses the competitiveness of 63 countries, using 260 different criteria. The criteria are grouped in four categories: economic performance, effectiveness of public authorities, business environment, and infrastructures.

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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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Research and innovation

Fonds national de la recherche (FNR, National Research Fund) 2016 report: moving towards excellence and impact in research

195 projects supported in 2016 for a total amount of €80.4 million.

The National Research Fund (FNR) has just presented its 2016 report. According to the FNR's managers, it was a positive year that has seen fruitful international cooperations and the launch of several large-scale projects. Through its activities, the FNR pursues its mission of implementing a sustainable research system with an international reputation that will have significant consequences for society and in the strategic economic sectors for Luxembourg.

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Culture

City invaded by wild pianos

The 'My Urban Piano' project is back in Luxembourg City. Over the period of a fortnight, passers-by will be welcome to play one of the pianos, creating a relaxed, convivial atmosphere.

The 'My Urban Piano' project is back in Luxembourg City. Over the period of a fortnight, passers-by will be welcome to play one of the pianos, creating a relaxed, convivial atmosphere.

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  • Updated 30-06-2017