News · January

Aerospace industry

Grand Duchy launches GovSat-1

Satellite offers secure, reliable communication capacity

GovSat's task is to offer safe, reliable satellite communication capacity for military and civilian purposes, to meet growing demand from institutions and the defence sector.

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Culture

FOCUNA increased its aid to artists again in 2017.

48 grants were awarded, for a total amount of 147,066.71 euros.

Le Fonds culturel national - FOCUNA entend encourager et valoriser les jeunes talents, les artistes confirmés et les professionnels du secteur à l’étranger, en attribuant des bourses sur base de candidatures évaluées par un jury d’experts.

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Tourism

Luxembourg's youth hostels enjoy a new lease of life

To meet growing demand, Luxembourg is continuing to expand its network of hostels in the main tourist areas.

Avec 9 auberges de jeunesse réparties sur tout le territoire, le Luxembourg a su comptabiliser 151.248 nuitées en 2017, contre 135.084 nuitées en 2016. Un chiffre en hausse, qui est symptomatique de l’attrait des nombreuses attractions touristiques à visiter.

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Festivals and traditions

Carnival: party people in starting blocks

In Luxembourg, Candlemas Day marks the beginning of 'Fuesent' and lasts until Ash Wednesday ('Aschermëttwoch').

Carnival season is here. Traditionally, masks appear on Candlemas Day, which officially strikes the beginning of 'Fuesent' and lasts until Ash Wednesday (Aschermëttwoch), when the Stréimännchen (strawman) is burned down.

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Environmental technologies

Félix Urbain is searching for the energy of the future

The young doctor is focussing on the conversion of carbon dioxide into a sustainable non-fossil fuel.

The doctor and engineer Félix Urban (31 years old) is a materials science specialist and economist, and his main interest is energy research.

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Employment

Unemployment continues to fall

By the end of December 2017, 8,575 people – including 8,071 residents – were claiming full unemployment allowance.

According to the latest figures from the National Employment Agency (ADEM), the number of job seekers at the end of 2017 stood at 17,283. In 2016, that figure was 18,122 – meaning that in one year, unemployment fell by 4.6%, or 839 people. The unemployment rate is currently 5.8%. In late 2014, the rate touched on 7%.

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Sport

The most competitive athletes will take up residence at the LIHPS

The Luxembourg Institute for High Performance In Sports - LIHPS promises to provide the country's athletes with the very best support.

Founded by the Comité Olympique et Sportif Luxembourgeois – COSL (Luxembourg Olympic and Sports Committee) and the Société Luxembourgeoise de Médecine du Sport – SLMS (Luxembourg Society for Sport Medicine) - the LIHPS offers the ideal conditions for specific training sessions, along with the relevant medical and psychological monitoring.

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Economy

Global Competitiveness Index: Europeans largely dominate

Luxembourg ranks 10th in the latest edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, while Switzerland retains its number 1 position.

The international business school INSEAD recently published the latest edition of its Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) produced in partnership with the Adecco Group and Tata Communications.

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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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Architecture and town planning

Mobilising the general public to rethink town and country planning

The Programme directeur d’aménagement du territoire (Town and Country Planning Master Plan) is the reference document for national town and country planning.

On 19 January, the Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure François Bausch presented the citizen participation process in the review of the Town and Country Planning Master Plan (TCPMP). Interested parties are invited to register on www.notrefuturterritoire.lu before 18 February 2018.

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Economy

Luxembourg, a synonym for a high standard of living

According to the Inclusive Development Index, which ranks 103 countries by standard of living, the Grand Duchy is in third place, behind Norway and Iceland.

According to a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Grand Duchy is one of the industrialised countries that offer the best living conditions. In the annual Inclusive Development Index for 2018, the Grand Duchy has moved into third place, out of the total of 103 countries included in the study. Among the countries with an advanced economy, the Grand Duchy is only beaten by Norway and Iceland; it is ahead of the G7 countries (Germany (12th place), Canada (17th place), France (18th place), Great Britain (21st place), USA (23rd place), Japan (24th place) and Italy (27th place).

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Cinema

"Gutland" in the running for the Max Ophüls Prize

"Gutland", the first feature film by Luxembourger Govinda Van Maele, is continuing its run of international festivals. Its German première will take place on 26 January at the 39th Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival in Saarbrücken.

"Gutland", the only Luxembourg film in the running, with dialogue in German and Luxembourgish, is a contender for the Max Ophüls Prize for best feature film.

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Population

The capital of Luxembourg increases by 2,238 inhabitants

In total, 167 nationalities live in Luxembourg City.

According to the last calculations, Luxembourg City, the capital of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, counts 116,328 inhabitants (31 December 2017). In comparison: in 2010, 93,865 people lived in Luxembourg City. This considerable increase of the population by 2.238 inhabitants is mostly due to natural movements - 1.197 births and 630 deaths - and immigration.

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Corporate

The digitalisation of SMEs is on its way

On 18th January 2018, the Ministry of Economy, the Chamber of Trades, the Chamber of Commerce and Luxinnovation, the National Agency for the Promotion of Innovation, encourage SMEs to make a big leap.

As part of the digitalisation programme, the Chamber of Trades, with its, “eHandwierk” service, and the Chamber of Commerce, with its “Go Digital” team, each offer an initiative adapted to the needs of their citizens in order to raise businesses' awareness of digitalisation challenges and to inform, guide and advise them in their efforts.

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Housing

Rents in Europe: Luxembourg very competitive

London has been named the most expensive city in Europe for renting accommodation, and the housing crisis is also critical in Dublin. In the Irish capital, rents have risen substantially from one year to the next.

Luxembourg City is the 11th most expensive city in Europe. This was the result of a recent study on rent costs carried out by ECA International, a consulting firm that supplies solutions and information to international HR professionals.

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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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Tourism

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - a tourist destination of unsuspected charm

The Ministry of the Economy has released a total budget of 60 million euros to make the Grand Duchy a must-visit tourist destination in Europe by 2022.

The national agency for the development and promotion of tourism in the Grand Duchy (Luxembourg for Tourism, LFT), under the auspices of the Ministry of the Economy, has just published four brochures in English, French, German and Dutch listing by theme what is available to tourists in Luxembourg City and the five tourist regions of the Grand Duchy.

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Economy

Luxembourg to open a Research Laboratory

In a first stage, the Research Laboratory will employ at least 5 employees in Luxembourg.

The Ministry of the Economy and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that provides a framework for the development and implementation of scientific, technical, economic and political cooperation between Luxembourg and China in the

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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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Education and Research

Promising prospects: €1.44 billion for higher education and research

In the period from 2018 to 2021, the state will invest €1.44 billion in research and higher education.

Over the next four years, the government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is supporting research and education with a budget of €1.44 billion. 766.8 million will be allocated to the University of Luxembourg and 383 million to the three public research centres LIST, LIH and LISER. Another 265.4 million will be dedicated to programmes and instruments of the National Research Fund. Compared to the 2014 to 2017 period, this is an additional investment of €284 million, in other words a 25% increase.

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Leisure

Get a good dose of inspiration at Vakanz 2018

From 12 to 14 January, The Box invites you to what is already the 27th edition of the Vakanz fair.

Vakanz tourism fair seeks to be both informative and fun, and along with the many information stands, it also offers three days of festivities, culture, activities and unique opportunities, all on the theme of holidays.

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Population

The number of naturalisations tripled in 2017

Since the reformed legislation on Luxembourgish nationality came into force on 1 April 2017, some 9,000 people have applied for a Luxembourg passport. The figure was only 2,796 in 2016.

It's a fact: more and more residents want to take up Luxembourgish nationality.

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Environment

2017 - a hotter-than-average year

January, April and September were the coldest months in 2017.

2017 was relatively sunny, and quite warm. And seven months of the year were warmer than the corresponding months during the reference period from 1981 to 2010. This is what the meteorological department of the Administration of Technical Agricultural Services (administration des services techniques de l'agriculture - ASTA) reports in its meteorological analysis of 2017.

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Culture

'natur musée' - nearly 49,000 visitors since re-opening

During 2017, the museum organised a wide range of educational and awareness-raising activities outside the actual museum.

Since re-opening in June 2017, the National Museum of Natural History (Musée national d'histoire naturelle) has recorded 48,813 visitors. The new permanent displays at the 'natur musée', plus a highly attractive temporary display on felines, have proved very popular.

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Population

Life expectancy continues to grow in Luxembourg

The average life expectancy is 82.2 years.

According to the most recent World Economic Forum ranking on the subject, Luxembourg ranks 11th worldwide for longevity, tied with South Korea.

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Housing

Housing assistance: rent subsidy is extended

On 1st January 2018, the law overhauling the rent subsidy came into effect. The number of households that can potentially take advantage of this subsidy was thus substantially increased.

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Housing

2017: an encouraging year for the production of housing units

In 2017, the Fonds du logement (Housing Fund) and the Société nationale d’habitation à bon marché (National Society for Affordable Housing), two entities under the authority of the Ministry of Housing, had their best year since 2009.

The objective of these two social housing developers is to contribute to the development of housing through the construction of homes which are accessible to all households, according to their needs and means.

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Companies

Luxembourg at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018

From 9 to 12 January 2018, eight Luxembourg start-ups will present themselves at the biggest high-tech fair in the world in Las Vegas.

EAEC – European American Enterprise Council and its partner Luxinnovation are jointly organising the first Luxembourg pavilion at the famous CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018. The event which takes place between 9 and 12 January 2018 hosts some 200,000 professionals and 600 start-ups. Eight start-ups from Luxembourg were chosen to represent the Grand Duchy at the heart of the 'Eureka' space, which is entirely dedicated to start-ups.

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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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Culture

The european cultural heritage will be honored in 2018

The European Year of Cultural Heritage aims to celebrate the diversity and feeling of belonging to a common European area.

2018 has been designated 'European Year of Cultural Heritage'. This initiative, decided by the European Parliament and the European Council, aims to reaffirm the cultural unity of Europe.

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Social security

Social protection in the Grand Duchy is maintaining a good level

In 2016, current receipts for social protection were 4.7% higher than in 2015.

According to the 2017 general report on social security published by the General Inspectorate of Social Security (Inspection générale de la sécurité sociale, IGSS), the number of people covered by the Grand Duchy's social security scheme has been increasing constantly since 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, the IGSS notes an increase from 739,862 to 813,124 people covered - a rise of 9.9% (an average of 2.4% per year), which is mainly due to the steady growth in the active population. 66% of the people covered by the scheme live in the Grand Duchy; 34% live elsewhere.

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Social affairs

New social parametres are valid

Discover the new parametres valid since 1 January 2018

Each 1 January, the Inspectorate General of the Social Security (Inspection générale de la sécurité sociale, IGSS) updates the list of social parametres for Luxembourg. It is based on these parametres that e.g. salaries, pensions, contributions, allowances and benefits are calculated.

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Culture

Dubai 2020 – artistic project for Luxembourg's pavilion in the hands of an artists' collective

The Grand Duchy's cultural sector is involved to a large extent in the development of the scenography for the country's pavilion in the context of Luxembourg's participation at Expo 2020 Dubai.

In keeping with the theme for Expo 2020 Dubai - "Connecting minds, Creating the future" - the artistic project for the Luxembourg pavilion will go with the idea of connecting minds - in this case artistic minds - in order to create collaborative works.

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Business

Seize the winter sales!

Take advantage of the reduced prices until 27 January 2018!

So, get set. Ready. Start off into the winter sales which take place from 29 December 2017 until 27 January 2018.

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Employment and work

Statutory public holidays in 2018

Here is a full list of statutory public holidays in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in 2018

In the Grand Duchy, the duration of annual leave consists of 25 workdays per year, regardless of the age of the employee. However, a collective convention or an individual agreement between employer and employee may allow a higher number of days of annual leave. Added to the annual holidays are ten statutory public holidays per year.

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Festivals and traditions

Who will get the bean?

On 6 January each year, Luxembourgers celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. So who will be the kings and queens for the day in 2018?

Every year on 6 January, it is the custom in the Grand Duchy (as in many other European countries) to 'celebrate the kings'.

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  • Updated 01-02-2018