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Featured Story, Dr. Milana Zoric, an entrepreneur, psychologist, mother, LuxExpat

In our Featured Story Series (FSS) we are delighted to have our next conversation with Milana Zoric, an accomplished psychologist, entrepreneur, mother and an expat. LEN: Hi Milana, welcome to FSS. Share something about yourself: Hi, my name is Milana Zoric, I am coming from Serbia, I lived in France for almost 10 years and I work in Luxembourg as psychologist in Cabinet Paramedical in Niederkorn. LEN: What's your Luxembourg story? What brought you to Luxembourg, and how has life in Luxembourg been? As my husband was a professional basketball player in France for a decade, sport brought us in this region, where we heard for the first time about Luxembourg. As he finished his studies in USA, his diploma allowed him to start a career in a banking world in Luxembourg. As I had until recently only a Serbian passport, and as I am a mother of small children far from my family (which is a common story in Luxembourg), for me it was complicated until I managed to have all the papers needed in order to find a job. Now that I have an EU passport and my Doctorate in Psychology recognized in Luxembourg, everything is in its place. LEN: What's your entrepreneurial journey? How did you get started with Doctor of Psychology? As I am highly educated, I logically firstly wanted to find a job in Luxembourg, specifically in HR services. But as most of the offers were those for the full time positions, and as my husband already had a job like this, it was hard for me, but I refused most of the full time offers as I have small children and as I feel that inner responsibility to be there and create a balance in order to have a happy and healthy family. So I was searching for some part-time jobs until I realized that it’s not that easy to find it. Then, after some time, I simply decided to create my own business and actually restart doing what I already was doing in the past. And that’s psychotherapy and psychological counseling. LEN: What services do you offer? Who are your targets? Besides my Master and Doctorate University degrees, I have 6 years of education in psychotherapy approach called Transactional analysis and more than 10 years of experience in working with people by providing psychological counseling. I am targeting all the people who found themselves in some kind of complex life situations/people under the stress/people who want to reach their full potential in life throughout reaching the balance between different important roles in their life. As I am an active provider of organization called Workplace options, I usually work with people working in companies, but also very often with stressed moms or people who found themselves in some other types of everyday problems (communication problems, self-esteem issues, emotional struggles, family problems). LEN: What are you most proud of in practicing psychological counseling? Firstly, I am really proud that I succeeded in creating a balance between all the roles I find extremely important in life and those are the roles of mother, wife and a working women. As a consequent, I am proud that I can serve to my clients as an example of someone who succeeded to resolve some really complex life situations and give them all the tools to sort out complex psychological states of being. Of course I am also proud that I can be in a service to all the people who need my help, and am satisfied by the fact that people are usually coming to my cabinet in one unpleasant state of being and stepping out almost every time with a smile and with that awakened strength they lost somewhere on their road. I am proud and happy to have that opportunity to work with people in English, French and Serbian language, as well as to have an opportunity to work in person and online also. LEN: What are your hobbies and interests? Creativity is the value I appreciate a lot. As I finished a musical school when I was a child, music stays as an important value, so I love listening to music, dancing, and singing. I also adore running and sports in generally. I was always interested in cooking and healthy nurture so I am constantly reading about and creating some delicious, but at the same time healthy foods. I adore reading and I read always some literature in order to learn more about different ways to help people. As in Luxembourg we also have your own community which contains thousands of people coming from countries from Ex Yugoslavia, I profit from hanging out with my friends whose native language is the same as mine. LEN: What's your favorite spot in Luxembourg? Muller trail definitely as I adore spending time in nature with my family. But I will also never skip the sales in Cloche d’or or in City Concord, lol. LEN: What are your top 3-recommendations for a new comer in Luxembourg? 1. Be ready for some huge changes in your rhythm and lifestyle. 2. Try to create your own zone of comfort where you will feel fine despite the high stress environment people are mostly facing. 3. Be unique and be yourself as it is highly appreciated in this international and multicultural country. LEN: What's your favorite quote? You must give in order to receive. LEN: What would you say would be the recommendations of people who want to start their own business today? 1. Creating a business definitely is not for everyone. You firstly need to have a very flexible mindset in order to adapt to all the risks, obstacles and hard times while creating your business. 2. In order to succeed, you need to create your own, unique personal and professional brand and if necessary search for some brand developing expert who will help you in that process. 3. Do something you really love, something that is driven by your own uniqueness and purpose. 4. Be patient, be open and try to connect in some way with as much people you can in order to enlarge your community. You can learn something from every single person you meet: from a lady in the bakery, from your clients as well as from you concurrency. You can get in touch with Milana for fore information about the services: https://psymilanazoric.com/en/home/ https://www.cabinetparamedical.lu/niederkorn Adresse: 27 rue Pierre Gansen Niederkorn E mail adresse : milanaalincic@gmail.com Phone number : +352 691 699 634 Milana Zoric on LEN: luxembourgexpats.lu/local-business/business-to-business/1100000985 Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/dr-milana-zoric-15637b181 Instagram: instagram.com/psyzoricmilana

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Challenges of working abroad for expat freelancers

Life as an expat can be a little tricky at the start: living in a totally new environment, having to make new friends, learning a different language and many others. If you are a freelancer, then getting settled will be even more challenging. Here are the reasons why. The first challenge any expat will face is connecting with new people and friends, and starting to feel like home. However, most of the friends we make are from our work circles and office colleagues. As a freelance worker, you will not have an office environment to make new friends. Therefore, making new friends will be slightly more challenging and you can feel lonely sometimes. However, this is not a red flag that should stop you from being an expat freelancer. You can always make new friends from other environments besides the office. For an instance, you can participate in community gatherings and social events to meet new people. Besides that, the language barrier will also be a hassle if you are an expat in a country that has a different primary language. Conversing with clients will be much more difficult and any client would prefer business with people that are easier to converse with. This is also not a huge problem that will stop you from being an expat freelancer. Just enroll in language courses and you will improve and be more confident in no time. This is probably the most significant barrier any freelancer, especially an expat freelancer, would face. If you are starting your career as a freelancer in a new country, just like starting freelance work in any country, you will not have many clients to begin with. You will initiate small-scale and it will take a while for it to bloom. Until your freelance work reaches a stable point, you might encounter financial struggles and hitches. If you manage to soldier through the difficult start by finding a part-time job, you can overcome the initial struggle with ease. Overall, just like any career, it will be difficult at first but everything will surely get better with time. Being an expat freelancer would mean you have to restart your freelance career, but it is only for a while. Besides, there are so many amazing things you can do as a freelance expat. As a freelancer, you can manage your schedule on your own and with that, you can find time to explore the new country and visit new places. Post your offers in Request or Offer in Luxembourg Expats Join us in Meetpeople Join Meet People | Luxembourg Expats

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Request or Offer, get matched and earn € in Luxembourg Expats

How about a place we can request something and get matched with people who offer what are looking for? That's what we have done. Luxembourg Expats has just launched a request and offer matching platform for our members in Luxembourg.  If you post a request, all people Offering in the same category will be instantly notified. They can pick-up the gauntlet and reach you easily and make offers. Sounds simple, because it is. Our ambition is to instantly match people requesting and offer just about anything. As of now we are matching the following: Time, Cleaning Services, Mover, Airport Shuttle / Taxi,  Babysitting, Carpentry, Plumbing, Language exchange, Flooring, Bathroom,  Fixing, House Renovation, Jobs & Mini-Jobs, Goods, Help, Gardening,  Tutoring, Carpooling, Colocation/Flat sharing, Volunteering, Others,  Handyman, Electrician, Ironing / Washing, Sports, Housing, Photography We have to say, our team's favourite among all the above categories is Time. You can request and offer your Time, the most valuable resource of our lives. You can share Time with others. How cool is it? You tell us :) And you know what. We have also turned into a place where micro entrepreneurs can earn money. You can offer your time or services for Free or mention a price or discuss the price later. How about some change for a quick drop in Airport or helping out in moving. If you can imagine doing it, you can now do it and earn as you like. Request and offer in Luxembourg luxembourgexpats.lu/request-offer

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Will there be an alternative to the Facebook ecosystem?

Facebook - the social network that started in early 2000 is the only platform that's available for us if you want to be on a social network. Over the years, Facebook has added two more apps that dominates our lives; WhatsApp and Instagram. Now after 20 years, its a good time to look back and take stock of the situation on where I came from, where I am now, and what I want. Facebook was not the first social network, its Friendster. But Facebook clearly ate or defeated all other apps along the way and become the dominant and only player in this space. When I started being on Facebook, I was among those who accepted all friend requests whether I know the person, I might have seen the person, or its a friend's friend or what not. Fast forward today, I don't do that anymore. In fact, I was unfriending loads whom I have no clue about and was trimming down my friends list. As I do that, "privacy" and "close-knit" are on top of my mind. As those words dominate, Facebook is going in the opposite direction. They are closely integrating Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram messages. Eventually, you can start communicating in one app and finish the conversation in the other app. Post in Facebook, automatically display in Instagram, and chat about it in WhatsApp. This worries me, as three apps that I used with different set of people, and different set of information is going to be united into one. Facebook already knows a lot about me than I do. Now with all three apps rolled-into-one, I am going to be literally having a copy of my life in Facebook's servers that I have no control over the use. This worries me, and this should be worrying us all. I did not move out of Facebook by choice, because the strongest case I made to myself was that I would lose my friends list I had built over the years from all continents. Finding them again, and connecting with them, and reminding them of a memory I shared with them seemed to be an impossible task. But Facebook did me a favor. One fine day, they blocked me. I did not really know why, but they said they are not cool with me any more and they need my passport, driving license or any ID. Well, my Facebook name is not exactly what my passport displays. 95% of Facebook names will not match their passport names. But now Facebook wants my passport. In face, Facebook already knows a whole lot about me, and the last piece to map was my passport copy perhaps. Wasn't comfortable at all. But, I still wanted my friends list back, so I shared anyway. They did not budge, and there was no explanation or appeal. Boom, more than a decade of friends list and I am blocked out of Facebook now. Naturally, I was sad, angry and frustrated. After a number of sunsetting days, I am happier than ever. Don't get me wrong. I want to be on a social network. I want to have good friends I truly want to be posting on what's going on in their lives. But, I don't want my social network to track my every move and tell me what I will need now and in the future. I want to be at peace. Look at friends' travel, see their family being happy and not pressured by someone else or give someone the power to kick-me-out anytime at their will. But, I look around for such a social network, I don't see any other choice now. Hope is there though. WhatsApp alternatives such as Signal has come-up. There should be, and there will be, a Facebook alternative that I can have only my closest, good and trusted friends and acquaintances. I can chat, share, and care about my life and be updated on their lives. That one app that gives me "privacy" and keep it "close-knit. I am confident that days will come in the next years. Until then, hoping to write more. /// Written By Kevin This is a personal opinion by the author.

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Why did we create Meet People and Make Friends in Luxembourg?

We go-to school, make good friends and we have a good time. These relationships tend to be stronger. We then grow-up to college, and build beautiful friendships. Then, we find our first job, then relationships, break-ups, jobs, colleagues, marriage, kids and more. One day, we start feeling that our friendships are intact but our friends are far. We want to meet new people, we look around, and the world is filled with dating apps. We move to a new country, new city, new place, we are suddenly devoid of friends. How we wish we had a place where we can search for people, look at interests we share, get talking, and build new friendships. We felt so, and we know many of you share this feeling. That's when we attempted to create Meet People and make friends feature on LuxExpats. Meeting new people should not be difficult. In fact, it should be very easy. In fact, all of us want to make friends. Now, this has become a reality with Meet People with matching interests. luxexpats.lu/meet-people Once you join Meet People with few clicks, all you've to do is simply look for shared interests and start chatting in no-time with new and interesting people. Anything that's built to last has to be sustainable. For all basic members, we enable 10 profiles for free chat, and these profiles are regularly refreshed with new people. At the cost of only buying one Cappucino a month, you can become a Premium Member and get access to all filters, preferences, searches, and unlimited chats in LuxExpats. We are constantly adding to the Premium benefits, including upcoming new ways to earn money, exclusive special discounts, and LuxExpats team support. With Meet People, filter and say hi to new people. With one button, you can find all people matching your interests. You can also share your feeling with "Feelings status" and add a description of whom do you want to reach you with simple descrptions. The world is now your oyster; meet badminton players, parents, travelers, and more in one place. More power to women: We have introduced more power to all, but particularly also to women. As a woman, you want your profile to be shown only to other women, you can simply select to show your profile to other women only. Men can do the same, or can simply leave at the default setting of meeting any gender with shared interests. Looking back: Since we started LuxExpats as a community in 2012, one of the recurring themes was how to meet new people. We now have an answer to this. This is just the beginning, and more features on language, country of origin and many more awesome features are being developed as we speak. Making friends has never been easier in the new app driven world. We are glad to be part of the LuxExpats community. Hurray! luxembourgexpats.lu/meet-people

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Timely food delivered with WeDely

Food is all we live for will be an understatement. Healthy and timely food is a must for happiness, longevity and quite frankly, for a good life. Luxembourg for the longest period of time was lacking optionsto have good food delivered in a timely way. Whilst the neighbouring countriesincluding Germany, France and Belgium were enjoying good delivery options,Luxembourg’s residents were to be content with over-priced under-served delivery options. Off late things have changed for the better, particularly during the Covid19 lockdown times, restaurants and food delivery service have sprung-up with many options to the delight of Luxembourg residents. Today, digital ordering is representing  almost half of all food delivery visits,expanding beyond traditional dinner delivery to encompass even breakfast and lunch deliveries. Let’s have a look at one of the leading Food delivery apps in Luxembourg, WeDely. WeDely gets your food delivered right at your doorstep anytime, anywhere. WeDely receives and delivers thousands of orders every day and its platform has hunrdreds of restaurants listed with all kinds of cuisine options including Indian,Italian, Luxembourgish, Sushi, Healthy, American etc. WeDely serves the centre and south of Luxembourg with new areas enlisted to be covered soon. Luxembourg is known for limited options, early-closing times and slow service. But apps like WeDely increases your options with deliveries all throughout the year between 11am-10pm. And the average delivery time only about 35mins, as opposed to more than an hour deliveries. WeDely is expat friendly, and is a partner to the Luxembourg Expats Network, offering also quick food delivery options and coupons to engage closely with customers. Good food, timely deliveries are important for a happy meal. WeDely does a great job at that. Luxembourg is not only providing a peaceful home, but also an engaging ecosystem that expats can cherish. For orders, visit www.wedely.com [Sponsored]

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Healthy Morning Routine

Take a moment to think about today morning...Did you feel stressed or lost ? Were you running late ? Did you feel you have not rested well ? If this how most mornings begin for you, it would help to plan a morning routine that can help set the tone for a productive & fulfilling day...  How you spend the first hour of your morning matters; here are a few suggestions to create a routine that works:  1. Wake up early  Plan to wake up atleast 30 mins earlier than you need to, this way you have some quiet time for yourself. Make sure that you don’t snooze your alarm, get up when you need to.  2. Stay off your phone for the first 20-30 minutes  Laying in bed and starting your day off on your phone does not set a great tune for the day and also it can upset your morning schedule. Allow your brain time to wake up and start functioning before you feed new information from your phone ! This will help boost productivity in addition to being better for your mental wellness.  3. Make your bed  As trivial as it sounds, this act helps create order first thing in the morning. By creating a sense of order and organisation around you, you’ve already got a day of productivity underway. And you’ll be more motivated to take on the next task.   4. Drink water  Start your morning with drinking a glass of water before you start with the coffee. Better still add a few drops of lemon juice with few drops of honey to warm water & drink up for a quick detox.   5. Meditate  Spending a few moments in stillness and silencing your mind is empowering. Use guided apps to help you create atleast 10 mins of calm. Meditation is all about gaining mental clarity so that you’re calm & ready to tackle the day.  If meditation has never really been your thing,listen to a podcast which is a great self-development tool too.   6. Maintain a journal  Spending a few minutes writing down a few thoughts or documenting what you’re grateful for gives your mind a moment to create. It’s also a peaceful and uplifting addition to your healthy morning routine.  7. Exercise  Adding exercise to your morning routine is a great way to have a more productive day & boost your energy levels.Exercising seems like a chore when you’re not used to it, try a few stretches or a quick workout video or go for a walk outside. Even fifteen minutes can be fantastic.  8. Spend a few minutes outside  A dose of sunlight combined with fresh air can really wake up you. Even simply drinking your water or coffee outside can really lift you up not to mention that sunlight is important to help our bodies process Vitamin D.   9. Eat a healthy breakfast  Eating a healthy breakfast is not only an important step to replenish nutrients for your body but also takes care of any mid-day cravings. An ideal breakfast should be high in protein. Skip sugary cereals,add a teaspoon of unsalted seeds & nuts for essential fatty acids.  If you struggle for time in the morning, try putting together some yoghurt, chopped fruit in a jar in the refrigerator before going to bed & carry along some nuts & seeds for a quick but healthy breakfast on the way to work. 10. Review your calendar for the day  Check what your day looks like by reviewing your planner or calendar. Set yourself up for a successful day by knowing what is in store for you. You may use planning apps if you need help in organising your tasks better. Check for the next days schedule before you end the day to be better planned for the next day.  11. Tackle the most important task first  Pick out either the most important task or the task you dread the most and get it dealt with right away.It will help you have a less stressful and more productive day.  12. Plan short breaks between tasks  Most days can be filled with deadlines & can leave you stressed out. Plan for short 5 min breaks between tasks. You may say hello to your colleague or listen to music or nibble on a snack or just do some stretching but plan for breaks during the day. This will help you calm your mind & help re-focus between tasks.  When you are planning your routine, remember to add the ones you choose gradually. Preferably, not more than 2 habits a month. That way you can really make sure it sticks & it helps you from getting overwhelmed which can happen if you add too many at once.  Remember to always be patient with yourself. Best of luck in adding some new positive morning routine habits to your day !

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Vaccination FAQ (19 May update)

The question on top of many people's mind is, when can I get vaccinated? When will I get the vaccine invite? As of today, 19 May, the folks in the age range around 40 yrs are expected to get a vaccination invite within the next few weeks. Is vaccination optional or mandatory? Vaccination is not mandatory and is only voluntary. Many people who get the vaccine invite are not showing up at the centre. Where are the vaccination centres? There are at least 6 new vaccination centres are added and are proceeding at a rapid pace. Check the list of vaccination centres here luxembourgexpats.lu/stories/resources/1100000692 What are the available vaccines? 1. Moderna 2. Pfizer 3. Astrazenica 4. Johnson and Johson Do I get to choose my vaccine? The doctor on-site makes the choice of which vaccine. You can refuse the vaccine choice but you cannot choose which vaccine. Of course you can try to request and see if the doctor is accomodating but in general, its really not your choice on which vaccine. What happens if I refuse my vaccine? You can refuse your vaccine. In this case, you will not be vaccinated at that point. But, you can register for the waiting list and you will be called at the end of the vaccination roll call. What are the ways I can get vaccinated? 1. You will get an invite in a roll call. You use the invite, register for an appointment, and show-up for the appointment with the invitation letter, appointment confirmation, ID card and Social Security card to get vaccinated. 2. You can register in the waiting list. This is outside of the roll call and you may get an invite earlier than the roll call. 3. You can also register for the "left over vaccine" list. As people are not showing up for their vaccine, you will be called at the end of the day from the centre for left over vaccines. You need to (a) stay within 20mins from the vaccination centre (b) you should register it every day. (Update: this option ended on 8 May and no longer an option)

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Relocating to Luxembourg ? Read on for practical information

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, also referred as Luxembourg, is sandwiched among three large countries, Germany, France and Belgium. Luxembourg’s population is around 615,000 with expats making almost half, 48% of the residents in Luxembourg. It’s a beautiful country, and its residents are multi-lingual with 2/3rd of Luxembourg’s residents speaking an average of 4 languages. Luxembourg’s dynamic economic has a dependence on expats and the country welcomes educated expats with high-salaries. The costs of Luxembourg tend to match the high-income potential of the residents, with real-estate prices growing at a healthy rate compared to other European countries. The conditions of entry and stay in Luxembourg differ depending on which is your home country. EU Nationals As Luxembourg is part of the Schengen area, nationals coming from the European Union, Switzerland and the European Economic Area (including Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), do not require a visa to travel there. However, they will have to apply for a registration certificate at the nearest municipality to their place of residence in the country within three months following their arrival in the country if they intend to make a more than 90 days stay. The registration certificate is valid for lifetime. To apply for the registration certificate, the following is required: Passport Documents pertaining to the purpose of your stay in the country, whether you are a student, a trainee, an employee or an entrepreneur Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself and your family (if they are accompanying you) Non-EU Nationals Non-European Union nationals are advised to check whether they have to obtain a visa to enter the Schengen area depending on their home country. They should have a passport valid for at least 3 months following their travel date and at least 3 months after their visa's expiry date to be authorized to enter Luxembourg. Non-EU nationals have to register at the nearest municipality to their place of residence. In case they are staying in a hotel or tourist accommodation, the application can be filed there itself. The form must be filled and signed by the owner or manager and this document will serve as a statement of arrival. In the event of a stay of more than 3 months, they should have a residence permit issued before entering the territory. The request has to be made to the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Directorate of Immigration (Foreign Service) Luxembourg laws differ for family members of European Union origin & for those of non-European nationals and those of students. In general, for spouses and civil partners as well as other family members relationship has to be supported by either of the following documents: marriage, partnership, relationship certificate or any other relevant document (issued in their home country) or a special authorization issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Whatever your home country and the duration of your stay, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is your contact point!  The steps, forms and conditions of entry can easily be accessed on guichet.lu & you can also find detailed information on the following topics: Housing Work & Employment Tax Health benefits Some general tips for expats are: Find a home. Housing is one of the hot topics for expats and locals alike in Luxembourg. Almost all properties are rented through agencies in Luxembourg.The standard agency fee, paid by the renting party, is 1 month rental + 17% VAT. If you’ve been referred by a previous tenant, the agency fee is halved(half-a-month rent) plus VAT. While this is the standard, there are also other ways to rent, particularly looking for properties via websites like www.LuxembourgExpats.lu/real-estate  and Facebook communities such as www.facebook.com/groups/luxembourghousing. There are owners directly renting their rooms and flats without “agency fees” Be affiliated with social security & apply for the social security card / European health insurance card. Once you arrive and are a full-time employee, you’re registered to CNS Health insurance. If you have a car & are looking to save on the cost of groceries, think about shopping in Germany or Belgium. But for one person, and non-bulk shopping, super markets in Luxembourg including Lidl, Delhaize, Auchan and the likes are the norm. If you are a married couple, you pay less tax (perhaps think about getting married) Luxembourg also accepts pacts, which serve as good as marriage for tax purposes. If you are looking to make friends, join expat groups, Facebook groups or meetups. People are friendly as they are all expats, but you have to try. Join number of Luxembourg Expats’ official communities luxembourgexpats.lu/stories/resources/1100000669 Avoid taxis at all cost – public transport is free!! But, early to or late from airports are usually for taxis. Some useful websites are: Luxembourg Official Portal www.luxembourg.public.lu Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs ' Immigration www.mae.lu Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs ' Short stay www.mae.lu/en/content/view/full/32678 Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs ' Luxembourg Diplomatic Missions www.mae.lu/Site-MAE/Missions-diplomatiques-et-consulaires Guichet.lu ' Local administrations in Luxembourg www.guichet.public.lu About Luxembourg Expats: Luxembourg Expats, or LuxExpats, was founded in 2012 as a Facebook community by expats for expats. We are now one of the largest home-grown marketplaces connecting local businesses and a social network for the growing expats community.

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How to get a Driving Licence in Luxembourg?

You have decided to relocate in Luxembourg and you will probably want to drive. But can you drive with your original driving licence? If not, how to apply for a local driving licence? Read on to find the answers… Can you apply for registration or exchange your driving licence? It depends on the country where your driving licence was issued. 1. If you are from an EEA Member State: If your driving licence was issued by an EEA Member State (the European Economic Area includes the 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), you can, at any time, exchange or register it at the Société Nationale de la Circulation Automobile (SNCA), that is the National Traffic Company. Registration is optional but highly recommended so that the Luxembourg authorities can quickly issue with a Luxembourg licence if your own licence is lost or stolen. Exchange is only mandatory in the event of an offence resulting in the restriction, suspension or cancellation of the licence or the loss of points. 2. If you are from a non-EEA Member State If your driving licence was issued by a non-EEA Member State, you are entitled to use your licence for a period of one year before having it transcribed, i.e. exchanged against a Luxembourg driving licence. 3. If you are applying for a learner's licence and registering for a Luxembourg licence the following information will be helpful. There are several main categories of driving licence & details can be obtained by visiting the website of the SNCA (www.snca.lu) To apply for a driving licence for a moped or light motorbike, the driver must be at least 16 years of age. To apply for a car driving licence, the driver must be at least 18 years old. A parent or guardian must sign application forms if the applicant is under 18. To qualify for any of these licences, a driver must pass two tests: 1. A theory test 2. A road/driving test Driving practice can only begin once the theory test is successfully completed. All driver training and preparation must be done through a registered driving school. An application for a driving licence for any licence category is made when registering with the driving school that sends the signed application to the SNCA. The following is required for application: 1. Medical certificate no more than three months old, provided by a licenced doctor 2. ID photograph 3. Certificate of residence no more than one month old, issued by the town hall 4. Copy of the affidavit issued by the police or from the country of origin if residency period in Luxembourg is under than five years 5. Tax stamp 6. The driving school registration fee The driving school will assist the applicants for the theory and driving tests including any other documents required. In the event of failure, exams can be taken as often as required provided the registration fees is paid and additional training is completed. The Luxembourg driving license has a period of validity & renewal is required depending on the category of licence obtained. Documents are also required when applying for renewal For any further detailed information, visit the website of the SNCA (www.snca.lu) and, for your administrative procedures online, guichet.lu (www.guichet.public.lu/citoyens/fr/transports-mobilite/index.html) Looking for a driving school? contact Yann luxembourgexpats.lu/business-listings/cars-motors-and-bicycles/1100000822

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INCOMPATIBLE COUPLES

In 2018, there were 65 divorces for 100 marriages in Luxembourg. I’m sure that this number makes many of us wonder. Even if some ex-partners may stay on friendly terms and exercise elegant co-parenting, a separation touches the very foundation, that is the smallest but strongest unit of society. Many must rebuild their life from scratch, both in terms of budget and emotions.The high divorce rates not only in Luxembourg but in most European countries are often attributed to two primary factors. The first one is a belief that because of a certain standard of living, both members of a couple are likely to be able to afford a new start, financially. The other one is the recent change in moral values and the society becoming more approving of separations. Asking around and looking for reasons of separations, the answers I mostly get are:„we grew apart”„we were not compatible”„there were too many differences in our lifestyles”„we focused on work and kids, there was no couple time”Different perceptions.It seems that more divorces are initiated than some decades ago simply because we are in an easier position to break up. The quality of relationships however might not necessarily correlate negatively or might not correlate at all with the number of divorces. Looking purely at the divorce rates is not informative enough to know whether relationships have improved or deteriorated along the time.What we do know is that relationships have always been a challenge. Various statistics and publications have sought to evaluate the percentage of couples that are happy together. More often than not, it is estimated at around 15 to 20 per cent. This number, although pretty low, shows that there are partners that can overcome the relationship pitfalls and pursue a happy life together.The question is what is it that makes the difference?Are these couples simply lucky, because they are naturally compatible, that is they were meant for each other? Or are they just better prepared and equipped with ’tools’ and skills that make their love life work?Let us first see one of the definitions of compatibility which says that it is a state in which two things are able to exist or occur together WITHOUT PROBLEMS OR CONFLICT.Without problems or conflict? Given the fact that couples are formed of two INDIVIDUALS from different families, education, cultures and in many cases genders, the rational part of my brain must ask the question: Can we realistically expect that two such individuals with totally different backgrounds will naturally be compatible? Some of us do expect that outcome. Otherwise there would’t be so many singles in their thirties, forties or fifties still on the search for a good fit. However, this seems an idealistic and - many experts argue - also an outdated approach. It implies predetermination and fosters a passive approach which blocks us from becoming proactive and getting ready to true love and companionship. Instead of holding on to searching compatibility, we have the power to create it for our ourselves and for our couple.Having said that, let’s take a look at another definition of compatibility.Compatibility is a capability of existing together in harmony.I personally like this definition much better because harmony suggests that compatibility can be created, just like harmony in music. Compatibility is not a gift arranged by luck. It is something a couple can make and influence. It is in fact the capacity and willingness of two individuals to create a joyful life together.Every relationship needs attention and caring.Making efforts for a relationship however doesn’t mean to keep silent and swallow or compromise attitudes and behaviors that we don’t like. It also doesn’t mean to endlessly scrutinize and correct our partner hoping they will improve.So what is it that we can do then? First of all, both partners need to commit to not only the other person but to the relationship itself as well.This commitment sounds like: „I want to make this relationship work because I value you and love you.”The next step is then agreeing to regularly noting down what irritates you both and what you perceive as signs of incompatibility in the other. Best is to add also some importance / weights to them to be clear in your head if this is something that only mildly disturbs you or would rather be a reason for split.The third step is to establish a weekly or monthly routine to review each other’s points together. The frequency is to be adapted to the maturity and the vulnerability of the relationship. You will basically schedule with your spouse an appointment which is consecrated only to this topic. During these sessions, you are expected to share mutually and openly whatever you both noted on the list. Once presenting your notes to your partner, you must explain why those things annoy you and ask them what they think about it. Let your partner come up with ideas what to do about it.Such an exercise requires trust in one another. You must assume good faith of your partner, that is they will listen to what you have got to say and be lenient to solve the issues together. Hypocrisy and projections must be avoided. You can’t know the other person’s perspective unless you try to listen without bias. This is not easy. Just like for anything else in life that you want to do very well, you will need dedication and perseverance.Unless you are a natural in human skills, it is wise not to gamble and see if you will fall into the 20 per cent bucket of happy couple. Establishing a routine early on to align on the differences is a safe approach and is essential to build a long-term relationship that brings you satisfaction. The best is to start around the time when the pink-glasses affect faded and so the first stage of love passed. You will recognize this moment by starting to see and becoming less tolerant to each other’s differences. This would be an ideal timing to launch your meetings as a preventive measure. It can of course be implemented at any stage of a relationship.Once it is launched, pay attention to scheduling the appointments separately from other activities of the daily routine. Best is to discuss about your issues only during these sessions. For the rest of the time, try to focus on positive experiences in order to maintain the serenity of the relationship. If some fights are unavoidable, keep them as short as possible and agree to putting them aside for a while as you will have the opportunity to bring it up on the given date anyway.Depending on the complexity of the situation, you can always ask external follow-up from an advisor to make sure you both are on the right track and on the same track !I hope that many of you will give this method a try!Feedbacks are very welcome on how it goes for you at: contact@clue.luTo know more about us: www.clue.lu Cheers,Clue Communication advisory Luxembourg 

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your sale, my pleasure - recycle it forever

The year was 1980, we built a new house. Doors, windows, and many other small and big things in the house were taken from our old house that was tore down before this new construction. We did see wastage, but a lot of them were biodegradable. Today, a phone I bought for EUR 800 fell once and stopped working. Needless to say, I have 3 more phones that are unused for various reasons. All gone, not recyclable, at least not easily. And the only thing I can do is, throw it away. This will eventually end up in some landfill, most likely in a developing country. Mobile phones have toxic elements such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, chlorine and bromine. It is shuddering to think that many lesser developed countries are paying a huge price for the precious metals and minerals from Graphite to Cobalt mined and used in mobile phones. If you're wondering what my point is, I am getting there. We used to recycle a lot. Things we produced also were modular enough to be recycled. Today, we are in a throwaway and EUR 5 fast fashion skirts. Most of the things once used, are not reused. A lot many things that can be reused are thrown away because we can't be bothered to give it to those who need it. This precisely has to change, and can change. If we need to produce again modular recyclable things, the world has to change. Apple has to stop pushing us to buy mobile phones every 2 years, and there should not be any plastic used anywhere. But that's not going to happen anytime soon. Whilst we continue to strive to change the world, we all should do things that we already can. Practice minimalism, and give or sell away used items. It's incredible to think we all can do something about the plundering of earth's resources problem.Minimalism is nothing but you buy what you only need. Not more, not less. We should no starve, neither should we be overloading. Just act responsibly to the world around us. Don't buy because someone else has got it, or you think its nice to have, or Apple tells its cool. Discard things responsibly, and give things you consider trash to someone else, to whom it might be a treasure. This is the only way we can build a sustainable world. Well, just the first step of building a sustainable world. We at Luxembourg Expats support recycling through our Buy and Sell section on our platform, and also through the Buy/Sell Facebook community. Look around you, there are things that others can use. Use our platform and Fb channels to make others use. When you sell, there are buyers to buy. Let's do our bit to make this world sustainable, one used item sale a time https://luxembourgexpats.lu/buy-sell/.

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Introduction to Luxembourg

You maybe thinking of moving to Luxembourg, or just moved-in, or have been living in Luxembourg for years. A quick refresher on Luxembourg can be interesting.The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (commonly referred as Luxembourg) is a parliamentary democracy in the form of a constitutional Monarchy. Luxembourg has a population of 613000 people and the country is sandwiched among three larger countries: Germany, France, and Belgium. Official languages of Luxembourg are Luxembourgish, German and French. English is widely spoken, and also the lingua franca of the knowledge industry in Luxembourg. Contrary to popular belief though, English is neither an official language, nor widely spoken in day-to-day businesses and services. So if you need to deal with official Luxembourg documentation, that should be in one of three official languages. Expats tend to speak English (along with their home country languages may it be French, Romanian, Greek, Hindi). If you want to have a good social life, French can go a long way in getting you there.Despite its small size, Luxembourg boasts of an unparalleled diversity of 160 nationalities living in Luxembourg. The three most populous nationalities are Portuguese, French and Italian. Those who are moving to Luxembourg from outside the European Union will find Luxembourg's bureaucracy more welcoming than most European countries. Luxembourg tends to have a profound recognition of the contribution of the foreigners to its economic well-being. Luxembourg boasts of the richest country in the European Union and the second richest in the world with $79.5k per capita income. The private economy is largely dependent on the financial, particularly the fund industry. Luxembourg manages over $4trillion of assets, making it second only to the United States. Amazon is particularly another private sector employer that employs higher number of people. Amazon has its European HQ in Luxembourg, and regularly brings-in people from various European and American business schools and also Americans who are moving to Europe from the US for few years. Amazon's Luxembourg presence gives it much needed industry diversity and Luxembourg is lately focusing on tech and innovation, particularly in the space and security sectors. Apart from these private industries, Luxembourg has a high concentration of EU institutions and a strong public sector. Luxembourg income: Luxembourg tends to have high salary compared to other European countries (the exception being Switzerland). However, looking at a gross salary without counting the costs is not comparing apples to apples. Costs tend to be high in Luxembourg for such a small country. In any case, for a single individual, your housing costs can be around 40% of our net salary. Your net salary goes high if you're married and also have kids because of less taxation for families compared to singles. Service industry: Service industry in Luxembourg tends to be less service orientated. Most real-estate goes through agencies, and very few direct renting and sales happen. Most other services tend to be French and are less friendly in explaining the basics. This makes it difficult for new comers. There are of course good and friendly service providers. Spotting it is hard. Hence we in Luxembourg Expats are striving to making it easier by bringing expat friendly businesses and services in one place on our platform.Luxembourg's schooling has both public, private and European schools. Public schooling is free, private schooling is expensive (c. EUR 1k/child/month), and EU schools are accessibly mainly for EU institutional staff. There are child subsidies offered by the Luxembourg state.Housing: Housing requires contract and we have written more about it here: https://luxembourgexpats.lu/stories/resources/1100000634/For expats, Luxembourg is indeed a foreign country. Mixing or meeting the local population is rare for expats. Learning French can be very helpful, and in 5 years you can apply to become a naturalised citizen of the country. High salary and good quality of life. High costs. Its also natural that one doesn't have all the rights of a citizen of the country. Usual weekend travels (pre Covid19) tend to be to neighbouring countries and good long vacation in the summer. Welcome to Luxembourg. Your home-away-from-home.More readings:Political system: https://gouvernement.lu/en/systeme-politique.html 

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Luxembourg, so special for expats...

According to the 2019 census, Luxembourg's population is 615000. Of this, roughly 292000 (47.5%) are foreign nationals living in Luxembourg. Luxembourg is unique in many ways and is also one of the friendliest countries on the planet for expats. Let's look at some of the reasons that make Luxembourg so special. Bureaucracy is welcoming: First and foremost, the first touchpoint before moving to any country is its bureaucratic system. Interacting with Luxembourg's bureaucracy for visa and relevant topics is welcoming at best, and respectful at worst. It would not escape an expat who has tried the same with other countries, how much feeling respected by the bureaucratic system makes a world of difference. Think and come-up with countries that make you feel the same, anywhere in the world and you will know what it means.Expat population are educated and earn well: Most of the international population in Luxembourg work in international contexts. They are either working in the private sector (Amazon, BIL etc.) or at the European institutions (if you're a European expat). Most of the expats are rather well-educated, most likely have lived in another country other than their home country, are open-minded and have good earning potential. This translates to many advantages: better public discourse, high quality of life, and higher security to name a few. This is good.Pollution levels are low: According to the Air Quality index, Luxembourg ranks 83rd and ranks better than many leading countries including Germany. While most don't think pollution is an important criteria in our migration decisions, nonetheless there are real benefits in terms of saved time and pain. Again leading to higher life quality. https://www.iqair.com/world-most-polluted-countriesNature: Seeing green plants, trees and experiencing the wind, rain and sun is no longer a standard in many cities. Make no mistake, its a luxury. Luxembourg has nature all around. Expats walking around in the woods, running along the river and taking a stroll in the valley are common sights. Opportunities abound: While the industry diversification in Luxembourg are limited to few such as Finance, legal, administration, technology infrastructure etc. Nonetheless, Luxembourg manages to create value, adapts quickly and  offers opportunities for building a life-long career in Luxembourg. Yes, there are tons of people who have worked and retired in Luxembourg.Luxembourg appreciates the value of expats: Luxembourg is a knowledge-economy based country. That by definition attracts certain levels of expats to the country who have better opportunities. The competitiveness of Luxembourg, and the value of expats to the Luxembourg economy cannot be understated. And importantly Luxembourg recognises it. There is no reason Luxembourg's real-estate price should compare to that of Paris and London if not for the competitive economy Luxembourg has built. So, there is mutual appreciation: Expats appreciate the opportunities and Luxembourg appreciates the expat community for its contribution in keeping Luxembourg competitive. The mutual symbiotic relationship is the key for the expats' success story in Luxembourg.

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