News · November

Culture

Winners of Steichen Award announced

Esther Hovers and Daniel Wagener have won this prestigious prize in the world of photography

Dutch photographer Esther Hovers and Luxembourgish artist Daniel Wagener are the winners of the 2017 Edward Steichen Award. This biennial Award is named after the Luxembourgish photographer; it supports emerging European artists active in the field of contemporary art. The winners will be able to travel to New York under the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP).

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Health

"Health at a Glance 2017": the Luxembourg National Health Fund is the most generous

In 2017, the Luxembourg National Health Fund covered 98.6% of households' medical expenses. This corresponds to a total amount in the region of €2.59 billion, according to the report on the 2018 budget for health insurance and maternity coverage.

"Health at a Glance 2017" is a 226-page report containing several new indicators, especially relating to risk factors for health. The one area where Luxembourg particularly stands out is its health insurance system.

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Languages

The the new luxembourgish medical dictionary med.lod.lu is now online

Patients as well as professionals in the healthcare sector are continuously confronted with communication issues when it comes to medical language.

In order to encourage a better communication in the domain of health in our multilingual society, the team of the Lëtzebuerger Online Dictionnaire created med.lod.lu.

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Lifelong learning

More than 3 in 4 companies encourage continuing training

In the Grand Duchy, the rate of companies offering training was 77% in 2015.

After a period of stagnation between 1999 and 2010, the rate of companies providing training increased by 6 percentage points, reaching 77% in 2015. In the same year, 62% of employees, in other words over 170,000 individuals, were able to undertake continuing professional training. On average, each person trained followed 35 hours of classes.

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Economie

SpaceResources.lu: First-time FNR investment in space exploration projects

For the first time, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) has committed funding to two space related projects contributing to the development of the SpaceResources.lu initiative.

Two public research institutions each receive funding for collaborative projects with the lunar exploration company ispace, representing an FNR commitment of around 700,000 EUR.

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General country presentation

Mëllerdall Nature Reserve is applying for the 'UNESCO Global Geopark' label

Mëllerdall Nature Reserve has officially submitted its application in order to be recognised as a 'UNESCO Global Geopark'.

After intensive work over the past few weeks, Mëllerdall Nature Reserve has finalised its application in order to be recognised as a 'UNESCO World Geopark'. Geoparks are unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. To date there are 127 'UNESCO World Geoparks' in 35 countries.

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Economy

Luxembourg GDP in constant growth

Luxembourg's economy is expected to continue growing by more than 4% over the next two years.

According to recent figures published by the National Council of Public Finance ("CNPF"), Luxembourg's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to increase from 2.0% to 3.4% this year, and reach 4.4% next year.

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Employment

IMD World Talent Report: Luxembourg in the Top 10

The Swiss institute IMD has just published its 2017 edition of its World Talent Report which analyses the attractiveness of 63 countries worldwide for attracting talent.

The Grand Duchy is in the top 10 of the list of countries that are best at attracting, developing and retaining talents in their territory.

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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 team have selected some fun events to try out this weekend. So, have a seat - here's our list!

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Employment

Unemployment at lowest level since 2012

According to the latest figures released by the ADEM, the number of job-seekers has fallen by 6% over the past year.

Since October 2016, the number of job-seekers has fallen from 16,819 to 15,813. That puts the unemployment rate at 5.8%, the lowest it has been in the past six year. According to the ADEM, the figure corresponds to a reduction of 6% in the space of one year.

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Local produce

The 2018 Hachette Guide gives awards to the best Luxembourgish wines.

The new edition of the famous Hachette guide awarded four "coup de cœur" (best picks) prizes to Luxembourg winemakers.

Every year, the Hachette Wine Guide presents its ranking of wines selected in France, Switzerland and the Grand Duchy. And the result of national winemakers doesn't need to shy away -four cuvées won over the jury and had the honour of being awarded with the "coup de cœur" distinction.

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Gastronomy

Michelin Guide: Fani gains a star

There are 12 Michelin-starred restaurants in Luxembourg.

Le prestigieux guide Michelin a officiellement révélé son classement 2018. Dans son édition Belgique-Luxembourg les meilleurs restaurants des deux pays voisins sont répertoriés. Dans la liste des étoilés figure désormais un nouveau nom. Le restaurant Fani à Roeser, qui sert une cuisine italienne très raffinée et généreuse, est distinguée d’une étoile cette année.

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Shopping

LetzShop: showcasing small retailers

The LetzShop platform, initiated by the Ministry of the Economy, is scheduled to go online during the first quarter of 2018.

E-commerce is getting bigger each year and online shopping is attracting more and more consumers. In order to allow local and retail stores to make the most of this opportunity, a new Luxembourg e-commerce platform came into being in mid-November, two months after its approval by the government council.

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Festivals and traditions

The Christmas markets in Luxembourg City open on 22 November

From late November to January 2018, the "Winterlights" season will bring a wonderfully festive atmosphere to the capital. Of the many activities and events on offer for all the family, the Christmas markets remain a firm favourite.

Over a hundred wooden chalets spread across the city's Christmas markets will be selling handicrafts, clothes, toys, accessories and plenty of delicious culinary specialities to suit all tastes – from the traditional "Gromperekichelchen" to more exotic flavours from far-flung destinations.

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ICT

The Grand Duchy is among the trendsetters with regard to open data

The open data managers at the European Commission have just published the results of their 2017 analysis on the EU's progress in the area of open data.

The managers of the European open data portal, operated by the European Commission, have just published the results of their 2017 analysis on the progress of European Union countries in the area of open data.

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Employment and work

The 'Quality of work Index Luxembourg' (Qow) looks at our well-being in relation to work

This 5th edition of the national survey "Quality of work Index" reaches a nuanced conclusion: yes, technology allows greater productivity but at the expense of mental health of the employees.

The 'Quality of work Index Luxembourg' (Qow) is a survey, carried out annually since 2013, that makes it possible to collect data on working conditions and the quality of employment in the Grand Duchy.

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Culture

Book lovers will meet at 'Walfer Bicherdeeg'

The 23rd 'Walfer Bicherdeeg' book fair organised each year by the municipality of Walferdange will be held from 18 to 19 November at the Centre culturel Prince Henri.

This is one of the biggest cultural events in the Grand Duchy. Each year the 'Walfer Bicherdeeg' (Walferdange Book Days) attract book fans – who come from the four corners of Luxembourg and the Greater Region – for a good overview of what's new in literature in the region. The theme chosen for this edition is creativity as a driver of innovation, or as 'the most individual way to share one's personality with the rest of the world' according to the organisers.

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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 team have selected some fun events to try out this weekend. So have a seat – here's our list!

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Equal opportunities

Luxembourg goes orange

The Grand-Duchy is participating in 'Orange Week' to voice its opposition to violence against women

From 19 to 26 November 2017, Luxembourg will participate for the first time in 'Orange Week', an event devoted to combatting violence against women. The aim is to raise public awareness about legal, professional, political and economic situation of women throughout the world.

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Aerospace industry

The space industry meets in Luxembourg

On 16 and 17 November 2017, the first European edition of the NewSpace conference will take place in Kirchberg.

Together with the Space Frontier Foundation, the Ministry of the Economy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is organising the NewSpace conference. This is the first time the famous event will bring together major players in the commercial space industry outside the USA. Under the slogan 'New Frontiers of Opportunity', the conference creates a place to exchange ideas, meet and find economic opportunities for players in the space industry.

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Quality of life

The 'PIBien-être' measures quality of life in Luxembourg

The well-being indicator records improvements in the areas of the environment, income and wealth, education and social connections.

How is the quality of life in the Grand Duchy? The 'PIBien-être' (or Luxembourg Index of Well-Being), developed thanks to a partnership between Statec, the Conseil économique et social (Economic and Social Council) and the Conseil supérieur pour un développement durable (Higher Council for Sustainable Development), goes beyond economics statistics and other Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures, to concentrate more on the points that define individual quality of life.

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Culture

Esch2022: culture in all its forms

The application which the candidate city presented to the jury focuses on the artistic concepts, projects and programme as well as the objectives for the cultural year.

The city of Esch-sur-Alzette was chosen as European Capital of Culture for 2022. It will share this title with Kaunas, Lithuania's second city.

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Education

Grand Duchy committed to improving education

The 2017 Education and Training Monitor notes the strong points of the Grand Duchy's education system and the challenges it is facing.

The European Commission recently presented the 6th edition of its Education and Training Monitor. This key annual publication by the European Commission provides an inventory of education in the European Union. For the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the 2017 report notes an exemplary level of investment and noticeable progress in funding for higher education, as well as a proportion of graduates that is far higher than the European average.

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Research and Innovation

Luxembourg receives the national 'Energy Globe Award 2017' for its first energy positive public building

The Energy Globe Awardsreward projects around the world that focus on energy efficiency, the conservation of resources and the use of renewable energy.

On 9 November, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure received the national Energy Globe Award for Luxembourg, in recognition of the opening of the first energy positive public building.

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ICT

4G network: good results for Luxembourg

Singapore comes first place in terms of 4G connection speed, while Luxembourg is in 6th place among 77 countries.

Since the advent of 4G networks, web surfing speeds are much higher than with 3G. The best benchmarks in terms of these networks are South Korea and Singapore, one for its coverage, the other for its speeds.

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ICT

Digitalisation: a boost for SMEs

The 2016 edition of the Luxembourg Internet Days was a frank success, with some 1,000 participants and over 400 companies attending.

On 14 and 15 November, the Chamber of Commerce is going to host the 2017 edition of the Luxembourg Internet Days, during which ICT professionals are going to come together to talk ICT in the business world.

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Literature

Winners of the Concours littéraire national (National Literary Competition) announced

The 2017 edition focuses on collections of stories

The Ministry of Culture announced that the jury of the National Literary Competition 2017, made up of Angelika Bräutigam, Jérôme Jaminet, Ludivine Jehin, Anne-Marie Millim, and with the journalist, author and prizewinner of the 1996 competition Valerija Berdi as chair, has just awarded prizes to collections of stories.

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Citizenship

Guichet.lu now available in English

The English version of the 'citizens' portal was added on 7 November.

Guichet.lu is the result of work carried out jointly by the Ministry of the Civil Service and Administrative Reform and the Ministry of the Economy; with the support of the Government as a whole, they have made the portal the preferred contact point for all interactions between the general public, businesses and administrations. The portal offers – now in three languages: French, German and English - reliable information on all the administrative questions foreigners may have about the Grand Duchy and the conditions they need to meet to be able to live, work or set up a business in the country.

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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 – the choice is yours.

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

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Gastronomy

14 Luxembourgish restaurants in the Bib Gourmand

About ten days before the publication of the famous Michelin Guide, its little brother Bib Gourmand is wetting the appetite of Luxembourgish gourmets.

Two weeks after the publication of the new Gault&Millau restaurant guide and about ten days before the release of the Michelin Guide, the Bib Gourmand compiles a list of restaurants with an exceptional value for money.

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Taxation

Tax system - improvements in the Grand Duchy

The International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI) for 2017 shows that the Grand Duchy has a very competitive tax system as compared to the other OECD countries.

"The structure of a country’s tax code is an important determinant of its economic performance." This is the opening sentence of the International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI) for 2017 produced by the American Tax Foundation group, which looks at the tax systems of the countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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Environment

The government commits to waste recycling and recovery

The new national waste and resources plan 2017 provides for the transition towards a circular economy.

The national waste and resources plan defines the key aspects of the future management of wastewith the aim of contributing to the transition towards a circular economy. It includes an inventory of the existing waste management infrastructure and analyses the future needs of such infrastructure. For the different waste flows, it includes a certain number of measures regarding the prevention, reuse, recycling, recovery and elimination of waste and resources.

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Culture

Edward Steichen Award: a detour to New York

The Edward Steichen Award pays homage to the life and work of the American photographer Edward Steichen, who was born in Luxembourg in 1879.

The Edward Steichen Award will be presented this Friday 10 November at the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean - MUDAM (Luxembourg Museum of Modern Art). During this ceremony, two prizewinners will be given the opportunity to work in the cultural environment of New York for a period of six or four months respectively. The two young artists will be hosted at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), the first contemporary art centre based in the United States for artists and curators.

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Education and training

The Foire de l'étudiant (Student Fair) joins the digital era

With its slogan 'go digital', the 31st edition has a focus on training for web professions.

Les 9 et 10 novembre se tient la 31e Foire de l’étudiant à Luxexpo The Box, au Kirchberg. La particularité de cette nouvelle édition est la mise en place d’une plateforme dédiée au digital, aux métiers les plus recherchés et formations

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Study

Luxembourg is among the most attractive European cities

According to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Europe 2018 report, the capital of the Grand Duchy is among the top ten cities for real estate investment and development.

The annual report Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe, published by the Urban Land Institute and PwC, ranks real estate markets in European cities according to their investment and development prospects. Luxembourg City, assessed for the first time in this report, has worked its way up to 9 th place and thus enjoys an exhilarating start.

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Economy

The Grand Duchy is the fourth most competitive country in the EU

According to the recently published 2017 competitiveness report, the Grand Duchy has moved up three places compared with its position in 2015.

Le Luxembourg se classe en 4e position dans l’Union européenne dans le tableau de bord compétitivité 2017, élaboré par l’Observatoire de la compétitivité (ODC). Le nouveau tableau de bord, mesurant la compétitivité du pays en comparaison avec les 27 autres États

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Economy

Conference: The third industrial revolution in Luxembourg

On Thursday 9 November 2017, the Minister of the Economy invited you to a presentation of progress made in the works carried out one year after the Rifkin study at the public conference 'La transition se poursuit' (Transition continues).

Together with myenergy, the Minister of the Economy invited you to a conference held on Thursday 9 November 2017 in order to present the progress made in the works carried out since the official presentation of the Rifkin study one year ago and to discuss the challenges that will present themselves in the future.

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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 – the choice is yours.

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

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Finance

Investment funds reach historical peak

The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) announces that investment funds domiciled in Luxembourg have exceeded 4,000 billion euros.

At the end of September 2017,4.037,14 billion euros of net assets were under management in investment funds in the Grand Duchy – a new historical record. This represents an increase of 7.9% since the beginning of the year.

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  • Updated 04-12-2017