News · December

Cooperation and Humanitarian Action

Luxembourg has kept its commitments to relocate 557 asylum seekers

With the arrival last November and December of the remaining 67 applicants for international protection hailing from Italy and Greece, the Grand Duchy has fulfilled its mission by keeping its commitments towards the two Member states.

Following the decisions taken by the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council in September 2015, Luxembourg undertook to relocate 557 persons under the relocation mechanism for applicants for international protection from Greece and Italy. Thus, as of November 30, 2017 and December 20, 2017, 38 people, including 34 adults and 4 children, were hosted in Luxembourg from Italy.

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Political system

News and changes for 2018

This is our overview of the new legal provisions and regulations

Several new legal and regulatory provisions applying directly to citizens will enter into force in 2018. Below is an overview of the main changes that will have a direct impact on ordinary citizens. The list is not exhaustive.

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Employment and work

Unemployment fell again in 2017

Statec and ADEM have just published the latest figures on unemployment for the month of November. What seems clear is that the unemployement rate remains stable at 5.8%It is clear that it remains stable at 5.8%.

The number of jobseekers in the Grand Duchy decreased by 5.3% year on year. As of November 30, 2017, there were 15,876 unemployed jobseekers registered with ADEM.

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Gastronomy

Straw wine, a product of Luxembourgish craftsmanship

This sweet golden-coloured fortified white wine is often enjoyed as a dessert, to accompany cheese or foie gras, making it the ideal wine for the festive period.

Straw wine ('Stréiwäin' in Luxembourgish) is the little brother of ice wine and is one of the rarest and most exclusive specialities from the vineyards of the Luxembourg Moselle. This fortified wine has been produced by Luxembourg wine-makers since 1995, and it owes its rich and sweet aroma to the process by which the bunches of grapes are dried on straw (where it gets its name) or wood. We have to wait around two years before being able to taste the harvest year vintage. The youngest wine on sale this year will certainly be the 2015 vintage.

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ICT

Luxembourg is ahead of its neighbours in terms of high-speed and very high-speed Internet.

The Luxembourg Regulatory Institute has published its annual progress report on Internet connectivity in the Grand Duchy, and on the extension of its network, particularly its fibre-optic network.

Luxembourg is ahead of other European countries in terms of Internet coverage, with no digital divide between rural and urban regions. On 30 June 2017, the number of FTTH very high-speed fibre-optic connections in homes and other premises reached a total of 165,600 units, in other words some 57% of homes and other premises in the Grand Duchy.

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Mobility

"Luxmobil" survey: The car remains dominant

According to the results of the “Luxmobil” mobility survey, the use of the car still prevails. According to this study, which gives a general overview of all aspects of mobility in the Grand Duchy, the initial analysis shows that for commuting, the private car is the first means of transportduring peak hours, followed by public transport.

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Agriculture

Grand Duchy adopts plan to combat pesticides

Individuals and professionals called on to join the effort

Le Luxembourg a mis à jour son Plan d’action national (PAN) pour réduire l’utilisation des produits phytopharmaceutiques de manière à parvenir à une utilisation plus compatible avec le développement durable.

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Festival and traditions

How do Luxembourgers celebrate Christmas?

In order to conclude the thematic section on Christmas celebrations in the biggest foreign communities in the Grand Duchy, this time let's look at some of the local traditions and customs.

De nombreux marchés de Noël, crèches, rues illuminées et magasins décorés contribuent à l’ambiance magique de fête dans tout le pays. Bon nombre de sapins de Noël décorent les foyers déjà 2 à 3 semaines avant Noël.

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Festivals and traditions

The city will shine bright for three consecutive nights

From December 15 to December 17, the city centre will witness the third edition of the “Luxembourg Light Festival”. The event is a joint initiative by the City of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg City Tourist Office.

The “Luxembourg Light Festival” makes for a visual treat by sharing a series of unique audiovisual installations, video streams and light shows.

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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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Philanthropy

What if the Christmas spirit were about sharing?

In order to help the most vulnerable people in the country, there are numerous initiatives to which you can donate clothing, food or time as a volunteer.

Une des urgences en raison du temps humide et glacial concerne bien évidemment la collecte de vêtements chauds (manteaux d’hiver, bonnets, gants, bottes, couvertures, sacs de couchage, sous-vêtements). Plusieurs organisations se portent demandeuses, parmi celles-ci, on citera la Kleederstuff du Familljen-Center

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Festivals and traditions

How does the French community in Luxembourg celebrate Christmas?

Each day we'll be giving you a quick look at how some of the larger communities living in the Grand Duchy celebrate Christmas. Today we'll be looking at our French neighbours.

Les Français fêtent surtout le 24 décembre. Le réveillon est l’occasion de se retrouver en famille autour d’un repas copieux, il faut le dire. Commençons par l’entrée : fois gras, saumon ou fruits de mer sont de rigueur. En plat principal,

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Mobility

A new era for public transport in Luxembourg

The country's road and rail networks underwent a major transformation on 10 December – an overhaul dubbed "Good Morning Mobilitéit". As well as changes to CFL timetables, two new stations, the funicular railway and the long-awaited tram were officially opened.

The tram, affectionately known as "Siggi", offers a major new alternative to transport options on the Kirchberg plateau in Luxembourg City.

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Environment

Luxembourg at the One Planet Summit in Paris

Collaboration between the Luxembourg government and the European Investment Bank

On 12 December 2017, the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, and the Minister of the Environment, Carole Dieschbourg, went to the One Planet Summit in Paris, organised by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, in conjunction with the United Nations and the World Bank. The summit brought together political and economic decision-makers in order to address the issue of financing climate protection initiatives.

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Festivals and traditions

How does the German community in the Grand Duchy celebrate Christmas ?

Each day we'll be giving you a quick look at how some of the larger communities living in the Grand Duchy celebrate Christmas. Today we'll be looking at our German neighbours.

Pendant les fêtes, les familles attachent beaucoup d’importance à la décoration de la maison. Outre le fidèle sapin, des couronnes de sapin sont accrochées aux portes d’entrée, les rebords des fenêtres sont garnis de bougies, et les pièces sentent bon la

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Gastronomy

How to make Boxenmännercher?

The Christmas festivities are in everyone's minds more than ever as the calendar reaches the middle of December. We have selected a few traditional festive recipes for you to try.

Here is a selection of traditional festive winter recipes for you to enjoy with your friends and family. Whether your preference is for sweet or savoury, let yourself be tempted by these spicy dishes, sure to delight any foodie.

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Education and training

Luxembourg extends its provision of European education

From September 2018, three high schools will be broadening their existing offering

Luxembourg's Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth recently announced that the country is expanding its provision of European education. From the start of the 2018-2018 academic year, three Luxembourgish high schools will incorporate European education into their schooling programmes.

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Festivals and traditions

How do foreign communities celebrate Christmas in Luxembourg?

Every day, we give you an overview of how some of Luxembourg's largest communities celebrate Christmas. Today, we'd like to focus on our Portuguese friends.

Portuguese people gather with their family members for the "Consoada", in other words Christmas Eve.

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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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ICTs

Fit4Coding wins European Digital Skills Awards 2017

Nominated for the European Digital Skills Awards presented on 7 December 2017, Fit4Coding - set up and organised by the ADEM and NumericALL - won the award in the 'Best practice' category.

Nominated for the European Digital Skills Awards presented on 7 December 2017, Fit4Coding - set up and organised by the ADEM and NumericALL - won the award in the 'Best practice' category.

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Festival and traditions

The Grand Duchy puts on its finery to celebrate the end of the year

The country's towns and villages are filled with festive spirit.

Throughout the Grand Duchy, people are starting to prepare for the end-of-year festivities. Everyone decorates their home, the front of their house, and their front door, and artfully wraps the carefully chosen presents or organises the Christmas meal with family and friends. Luxembourg City is also preparing itself, with its entrancing 'Winterlights' festival.

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Culture

The village of Schengen - a piece of Europe's heritage

The village of Schengen is the first place in the Grand Duchy to have been selected for the 'European Heritage Label'.

La Commission européenne a annoncé le 5 décembre 2017 que le village de Schengen a été sélectionné par un comité indépendant d’experts pour l’attribution du "Label du patrimoine européen".

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Cooperation and Humanitarian Action

Cooperativa de Ahorro y Préstamo Tosepantomin (Mexico): wins the European Microfinance Award 2017

An initiative which honours microfinance institutions in developing countries

The European Microfinance Award was presented on 1 December 2017. The winner of the 2017 award is from Mexico: the Cooperative de Ahorro y Préstamo Tosepantomin, based in Hueytamalco, which is active in the south-east of the country. 37 microfinance institutions from 23 developing countries contended for this award, which this year focussed on 'Microfinance for housing'.

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Taxation

"Paying Taxes 2018" report

The World Bank and PwC have published the 12th edition of the "Paying Taxes" report, which analyses the complexity of tax systems in 190 countries worldwide.

In the latest edition of the "Paying Taxes" study, Luxembourg is ranked 21st out of 190, with a score of 87.37. The aim of the report is to gauge the complexity of the national tax systems for companies.

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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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Gastronomy

How to make Gromperekichelcher?

The Christmas festivities are in everyone's minds more than ever as the calendar reaches the middle of December. We have selected a few traditional festive recipes for you to try.

Here is a selection of traditional festive winter recipes for you to enjoy with your friends and family. Whether your preference is for sweet or savoury, let yourself be tempted by these spicy dishes, sure to delight any foodie.

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Gastronomy

How to make mulled wine?

The Christmas festivities are in everyone's minds more than ever as the calendar reaches the middle of December. We have selected a few traditional festive recipes for you to try.

Here is a selection of traditional festive winter recipes for you to enjoy with your friends and family. Whether your preference is for sweet or savoury, let yourself be tempted by these spicy dishes, sure to delight any foodie.

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  • Updated 29-12-2017