Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2022 from the Luxembourg Expats team. In our Featured Story Series (FSS), we feature expat personal and professional lives of expats in Luxembourg. We have a particular fondness for entrepreneurs, and today we bring one such entrepreneur, Davide Cavanna, a certified translator and interpreter in Luxembourg. Its no secret that Luxemburg is a highly multi-lingual society. An average Luxembourg resident speaks at least 3 languages including English. Given that many EU institutions are based, Luxemburg has a large number of translators working for EU and other companies. In this environment, there are translators and interpreters such as Davide Cavanna who are catering to an important need in Luxembourg. Let’s get to it and learn more about his journey in Luxembourg. Hi Davide, welcome to FSS LuxExpats. You are our New Year’s first interview. Let’s get started. How would you introduce yourslef? My name is Davide Cavanna, I work as a certified translator and interpreter in Luxembourg, and also active across the border in Germany, France and Belgium. We love to learn about everyone’s Luxembourg story, what’s yours? What brought you to Luxembourg, and how has life in Luxembourg been? I arrived in Luxembourg in 2013 to work as an in-house translator for Amazon. I then switched to German fund management company for a little while in 2015. I have been living in several nooks of the capital city and in 2021 I settled in Bonnevoie, the same area where I landed when I first arrived in the country. What's your entrepreneurial journey? How did you get started with your career as translator and interpreter? I started translating in 2008 during my studies and I never really stopped. I did it as an employee and since 2016 as a full-time freelancer. What services do you offer? Who are your target? The services I offer are conference and business interpreting, certified (sworn) translations, financial and legal translations as well as proofreading. My clients are companies of all kinds, from financial and legal professionals to other sectors, as well as private citizens who need their papers translated for the authorities. I have five working languages: my native Italian, French, German, English and Spanish. Currently I am working to improve my Portuguese and Catalan. Learning languages is fun! What does Luxembourg Expats Network mean to you? It's a great opportunity to get in touch with other expats, explore common interests and potentially develop business collaborations as well. What are your hobbies and interests? I have a weak spot for (beach) volley, the court in the Cessange park is a great place to practice in the summer. I enjoy reading in my working languages, some swimming and am kind of a budding film buff, that's why I enjoy the Cinémathèque so much! What's your favourite spot in Luxembourg? I would say the lake of Esch-sur-Sure and its several beaches. What's your favourite quote? One of my favourite quotes is from a Ray Bradbury book. It may sound pretentious, but I like its empowering idea: "Evil has only the power that we give it. I give nothing. I take back". What do you think of it? LuxExpats: Its absolutely an amazing quote and its true. If we do not give evil the power, it has no control over us. True in every situation. Anything else interesting we should've asked? At the moment I am studying law to improve the quality of my translation and proofreading. Keeping those grey cells busy is like the proverbial apple a day. An example: some of my teachers at interpreting school, clearly demonstrating that age does not need to slow down your mind. They say curiosity killed the cat, but I would argue it might just keep it alive and kicking. LuxExpats: life-long learning is indeed the only way to go about it. What would you say would be the recommendations of people who want to start their business today? At first it might seem a daunting enterprise not to be an employee on a regular income, but if you like what you do and keep on learning, you'll do great things for sure. LuxExpats: This has been an amazing talk with Davide, thank you for taking the time. I hope everyone enjoyed and some of you got even inspired to take the next entrepreneurial step in your life. If you like to reach Davide, here is where you can do just that: luxembourgexpats.lu/local-business/others/1100001064
A person working in Luxembourg typically earns around 4,150 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,050 EUR (lowest average) to 18,500 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher). This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage. Generally, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines. Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience. For more info: salaryexplorer.com/salary-survey.php?loc=1480&loctype=3
We at Partage.lu have recently started our annual Christmas campaign offering you the chance to make a difference. At Partage.lu we work with capacity building and helping the most vulnerable in Africa, South America and India. We all know that heroes need help sometimes, and this season we are one of them. With each donation given in your name or someone else, you will receive a giftcard which you can plant in a flowerpot or your garden. Come spring time and you will see flowers sprouting as a reminder of your help securing better conditions for the vulnerable during this holiday season. Your support can be contributed to one of the following initatives: 100€ To support the construction of wells and fountains in Kenya (Mention: Don wells Kenya) 50€ Contribution to the health campaign in Cameroon (Mention: Cameroon health campaign) 50€ To support the indigenous people of Brazil (Mention: Donation indigenous Brazil) 125€ Contribution to a 6 month lunch mealplan for the youth in Guatemala (Mention: Don Guatemala) 75€ Contribution to allocating seeds for the families in Congo (Mention: Donation Semences Congo) ...€ Contribute to either or all initiative with your own amount of donation The how to: Choose a solidarity gift from the list above Transfer the amount of the selected solidarity gift to the Fondation Partage Luxembourg account: CCPL IBAN LU74 1111 1261 0097 0000. Do not forget to write which cause you wish to donate the solidarity gift gift to on the transfer. We will send you a “donation card” by mail. On this "donation card", you can insert the name of the person who will receive your solidarity gift and place it under the Christmas tree. The “donation card” is made up of seeded paper, that is, two thin layers of paper between which there are seeds. This "donation card" is made to be planted. If you make your transfer before December 17th, we guarantee that you will receive the "donation card" before Christmas. You will automatically receive a donation certificate (approximately 5 to 6 weeks after receipt of the donation). Your donation is tax deductible . For more information, feel free to browse our website and to reach out on socials. Quick access to website: bit.ly/3r91z2Y
Luxembourg may be a small country on the map but its world is as vast as it could get. Over here, you are blessed with an environment culturally beautiful and distinct, a lifestyle utterly urbane, and bountiful of natural giveaways. Due to it being sandwiched between Belgium, France, and Germany, it has gleaned a lot from their cultures and has intermingled the takeaways with its own to offer a blend so exquisite in its own way. No wonder it is a postcard-perfect country for anyone who visits it. That being said, I wonder whether you knew that Luxembourg has an excellent Higher Education System. It is highly diverse and attracts students from all over the world. Most Luxembourgish universities are highly coveted in the region and have associations with the world’s best. So, if you want to experience something rich, beautiful, and intellectual, then Luxembourg makes up for a good choice. But, I cannot let you decide without giving you more inputs on what awaits you. Luxembourg may be a welcoming country but it has its own system you must take note of. I have noted down a few of those things you should know about studying in Luxembourg. 1.Highly subsidized education Exorbitant tuition fees are a common feature in European universities. However, Luxembourg offers huge relief to its students through a highly systematic subsidized higher education system. A typical tuition fee falls between €200 to €400 per semester. Moreover, there is a gradual reduction in the tuition fee with every semester. There is, however, discretion granted to universities to determine their respective fee structure for students coming from outside the European Union, but this is to be expected as those from European Union are extended concessionary treatment. 2. Top Universities in Luxembourg There are a number of universities you can consider attending. The country’s most prestigious universities are, however, the University of Luxembourg, Sacred Heart University, and Lunex University. Other universities of great repute include the BBI Luxembourg, Cass Institute, United Business Institute, and Luxembourg School of Business. All of these universities are internationally recognized and have been designated as world-class centers of education. This is evident from the fact that it is part of Bologna’s Process that is in itself a stamp of excellence on institutions. 3.The language will most likely not be a problem Another woe of international students is the language. Fortunately, you will not find many problems in Luxembourg. Over here, there are 3 official languages namely, German, French, and Luxembourgish. All of these languages are very commonly used in local life. However, lately, many universities have revised their coursework and begun administering it in English. This change has drawn significant attention from students across the globe and has contributed to the rise in the number of applications every year. 4.Scholarship opportunities No matter how much subsidized the tuition fees are, Luxembourg is not necessarily an inexpensive country. You may want to cut down on your expenses through several means, and scholarships are of course popularly opted for. While there are universities that offer their own scholarship schemes to applicants, there is a handful offered by the government. Of course, the coverage will vary from one scheme to another, so you will need to do research. A few scholarships offered are John Monash Scholarships, Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme, and Education Future International Scholarship. 5.The overall cost of living Keeping aside the tuition fee, there is quite a sum you will shell out every month on the necessities. Monthly rent for a single room apartment can cost you up to €1200. However, many universities provide for their respective accommodation facilities and rent them out to students. These accommodation facilities are less expensive and can cost up to €600. Public transport is free for everyone and is highly accessible so you can cross the transportation costs except when you are traveling first-class. Healthcare costs may add up but it is advised that you come along with health insurance to minimize the financial burden. Also, prefer eating indoors. Cook your meals and save tons of money because eating out is generally not inexpensive in the country.
The City is strengthening its support for the national campaign to protect against COVID-19 by adding more vaccination centres. From Monday, 25 October to Friday, 5 November 2021 from 14:00 to 20:00, the City's new "Impf-Bus", a municipal bus converted into a vaccination centre on wheels, will stop at various locations in the city to give residents an easy way to get vaccinated without needing to make an appointment. If you would like to get vaccinated, simply go to the location of your choice at any time. Make sure to bring your identity card and Luxembourg national health (CNS) card. The City of Luxembourg has implemented this initiative in order to support the Ministry of Health (Ministère de la Santé) in its efforts to raise awareness and offer city residents a convenient way to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. For more info: vdl.lu/en/news/citys-impf-bus-mobile-vaccination-centre
Thanks to the interest rate effect, a monthly saving for the grandchildren can be a lot of money that gives the most important people in your life the start they need to get their own housing. With several 5-star ratings and over 30 years in the industry, GADD & Cie can live up to its motto that long-term savings are the safest way to build capital. Our fund GADD SMP is managed by a small family business with offices in Stockholm and Geneva, as well as headquarters in Luxembourg. This year we celebrate 32 years as a wealth manager.
Road resurfacing works will be carried out on Rue de Hamm from 5:30 on Saturday, 11 September to 5:00 on Monday, 13 September 2021. Rue de Hamm will be closed to all traffic on the section of this road between No. 174 and Rue Englebert Neveu for the duration of these works. The Service Circulation (Traffic Department) will ensure proper signage is provided to inform road users. Please also note the following changes to the municipal bus service during the works: On line 9, all buses bound for Hamm will end their route at the stop "Ierzkaulen" (on Rue Englebert Neveu), which will serve as a temporary terminus. The stops "Hamm-Colonie", "Hamm-Schoul", "Hamm-Kierch", "Rue Haute", "Käschtewee" and "Rue de Bitbourg" will not be served. In the opposite direction, service to Bonnevoie and the city centre will begin at "Ierzkaulen". On line 15, all buses bound for Hamm will end their route at the temporary terminus "Hamm, Kierch" (temporary stop on Rue des Peupliers). The stops "Hamm-Schoul", "Hamm-Colonie" and "Ierzkaulen" will not be served. In the opposite direction, service to Fetschenhof and Clausen will begin at "Hamm, Kierch" ((temporary stop on Rue des Peupliers). On the CN3, all buses coming from Bonnevoie will end their route at "Englebert Neveu" before changing direction and travelling back towards Bonnevoie and the city centre. No service will be provided to Pulvermühl and the upper area of Hamm. The following stops in particular will be closed: "Hamm-Colonie", "Hamm-Schoul", "Hamm-Kierch", "Peupliers", "Pulvermühl", "Hammer Dällchen" and "Général Patton" For more info: Road resurfacing on Rue de Hamm | Ville de Luxembourg (vdl.lu)
The school year begins on Wednesday, 15 September 2021 and ends on Friday, 15 July 2022. Autumn break (Toussaint) : From Saturday, 30 October 2021 to Sunday, 7 November 2021 Saint Nicholas Day: Monday, 6 December 2021 Christmas: From Saturday, 18 December 2021 to Sunday, 2 January 2022 Carnival: From Saturday, 12 February 2022 to Sunday, 20 February 2022 Easter: From Saturday, 2 April 2022 to Monday, 18 April 2022 Europe Day: Monday, 9 May 2022 Pentecost: From Saturday, 21 May 2022 to Sunday, 29 May 2022 Pentecost Monday: Monday, 6 June 2022 National Day: Thursday, 23 June 2022 Summer hoildays: From Saturday, 16 July 2022 to Wednesday, 14 September 2022 For more details: School holidays and breaks | Ville de Luxembourg (vdl.lu)
Press Release The international tech summit will take place next September 14-15, 2021 Next September 14th and 15th, more than 100 international experts will participate in a new edition of ICT Spring, the renowned tech summit. The event, organized since 2010, will take place at the European Convention Center Luxembourg, at the very heart of Europe: ICT Spring will therefore be the first largest in-person event of the year. Today, the organizers are announcing the various topics that will be discussed during the different summits, as well as the first experts who will share their knowledge and best practices, during what promises to be an exceptional edition. This year, ICT Spring will be organized in the frame of the “Digital ICT Week”, powered by the Chamber of Commerce Luxembourg, and is labelled as the main event of the week, as well as the first largest in-person event of the year to take place in Luxembourg. It will notably allow the audience to participate in matchmaking and targeted networking sessions, through the use of the Swapcard application. As usual, ICT Spring will consist in an exhibition area and startups’ village and insightful summits to tackle trendy topics. Conferences will be broadcasted live from Luxembourg, and will gather as many speakers as possible within the country, depending on health restrictions. Therefore, experts are welcomed to take part in ICT Spring both physically and digitally. Fintech Summit The combination of finance and technology has been discussed over the past decade, with Fintechs becoming key players and new trendsetters in the financial services industry. The first session, entitled “The Advent of a Cashless Society”, will focus on a myth that is about to become a reality: organizations are welcoming this new era and need to adapt their processes, by notably combining security, trust and transparency. Experts will then focus on “FundTech & Tokenization”: how will tokenization change the business and what are the latest technologies available for the funds industry to improve the customer experience? On the second day, they will explore the “Digital Banking over the World” topic. As banks struggle to improve customer experiences, the quest for personalized digital interactions continues. Finally, the summit will end with a session called “Fintech to favour Financial Inclusion”, as, nowadays, financial data-driven intelligence facilitates inclusive finance. Digital Summit More than ever, digital plays an important role in our daily lives, whether it is on the professional side with the use of innovative tools or on the personal one with new apps and services. The first session, focusing on how to “Reconcile Tech & Education”, will feature experts who will share their knowledge around the latest tech trends with a whiff of education and gender diversity. Then, experts will focus on “Digital Supply Chain”, in order to understand the biggest challenges of the supply chain and logistics sector. What are the impacts of digital and data management? How does it improve the value chain? How the e-commerce can enable a fast and easy access to goods? The day after, professionals will discuss “Digital Society” and how to shape the society of tomorrow through digital technology: building smarter cities, improving access to e-government, managing brands in a data-driven economy, etc. The session will end with a focus on “Digital Health”, with the use of new solutions to improve the healthcare industry and solutions linked to longevity. Space Forum Organized in parallel of ICT Spring since 2016, the Space Forum conference discusses the impact of space tech on Earth business such as mobility, IoT, connectivity, security, etc. The first morning session will be entitled “Powering Sustainable & Resilient Space Developments” and will focus on international cooperation and how science will contribute to build up a resilient ecosystem fueled with rapid technological developments. “Space Revival: Strengthening the Hi-Tech Ecosystem in Europe” will then be discussed: what are the new challenges that the space industry needs to take up? What is the position of Europe within the international framework: its assets and weaknesses? Can Europe be a key player? Finally, experts will share their “Views on the Most Promising Companies of the New Space” and will dive into the startups ecosystem of the Space industry while sharing the latest innovations of the market. European Security Forum A well-known side event of ICT Spring, European Security Forum will gather cybersecurity professionals to discuss the latest trends in a field that is evolving at a faster pace than ever, with the number of (sophisticated) cyberattacks constantly growing. The first session, “Data Security: everyone’s business” will focus on the crisis and how cybersecurity concerns have grown exponentially, with the creation of innovative tools. “AI threats and opportunities” will then be on the agenda as it has become essential to ensure the security of AI systems, and so will the “The era of Zero Trust”, with the recognition that “trust can be considered a vulnerability”. The topic "Post quantum cryptography" will end the European Security Forum. Mastermind Summit This new summit aims at giving participants a view on “Strategic Acceleration EU and International Programs”, as well as funding available for startups. The session will consist in speeches to provide assistance to startups and to help them develop their networks and businesses. Experts will relate success stories, define the art of pitching, etc. Moreover, panel discussions with VCs will be organized, with professionals presenting the biggest trends they are currently following in the fields of Fintech, Deeptech, New Space, and more. This second session will be entitled “Startups Verticals”. With theparticipation of Priscila Chaves (Tech Ethicist & Impact Entrepreneur) Sam Scimemi (Senior Assistant in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Former ISS Director, NASA), Jason Maude (Chief Technology Advocate, Starling Bank), Joakim Sjöblom (Co-founder and CEO, Minna Technologies), Tomas Martinkenas (Director of Privacy and Security, Vinted), Cheryl Miller Van Dÿck (Founding Director, Digital Leadership Institute), Morgan Wirtz (CEO & Co-founder, Upy) and Elia Montanari (Head of Management and Control, ESA). Local experts Marc Hansen (Luxembourg Minister Delegate for Digitalisation), Jean-Jacques Dordain (Advisor, spaceresources.lu), Avanti Sharma (Pre-Teen Technology Specialist, Workshop4Me) and Carl-Friedrich zu Knyphausen (Director Logistics Development, Zalando) have also confirmed their participation to this year’s edition of ICT Spring. About ICT Spring ICT Spring is a global tech conference hosting an array of international professionals. It offers the participants a unique opportunity to deepen their digital knowledge, capture the value of the fast-growing FinTech, drive innovation in the Supply Chain industry, pierce the secrets of IT Security and explore the impact of Space technologies on terrestrial businesses. All this through high-level conferences, exhibitions and demonstrations of the latest tech trends and Innovations. ICT Spring is hosted within the Digital ICT Week, organised by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and Farvest in order to stimulate digital transformation, illustrate the latest tech trends and present growth opportunities for startups and SMEs. ICT Spring is also the perfect place to network with peers and future business partners. More information: ictspring.com About Farvest Farvest has become the one-stop-agency for companies and institutions aiming to promote Luxembourg as a gateway to Europe and a perfect place to establish a company. The Agency contributes to support these organizations thanks to its strong and wide network of experts, industry leaders, and proven skills to bring meaningful short and long-term projects into life. Farvest isrecognized as a B2B multi-specialist, enabling business and strategic partnerships. Farvest is composed of forward thinkers and passionate individuals who support the Agency’s clients in reaching their target whether it is for increasing their reach, reviewing their brand positioning, enhancing their communication strategy, designing outstanding communication supports, boosting a website performance, etc. Committing to highlighting Luxembourg as a creative nation, fostering innovation and awarding national best cross-sectors practices, are among Farvest top priorities. More information: www.farvest.com Contact Anne-Lorraine Reinbolt firstname.lastname@example.org +352 26 27 69-1
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.
Luxembourg Prime Minister Bettel leaves hospital after Covid-19 treatment edition.cnn.com/2021/07/08/europe/luxembourg-bettel-covid-scli-intl/index.html Luxembourg CelebratesLuxembourg Pride week! facebook.com/LuxembourgLetsMakeItHappen Hot summer sale by House of Comfort luxembourgexpats.lu/offers/discounts/1100001501 Belgium and Luxembourg share aircraft as part of efficency drive. euronews.com/2021/06/17/belgium-and-luxembourg-share-aircraft-as-part-of-efficiency-drive? More than 365000 people received their first dose and more than 238000 people are fully vaccinated in Luxembourg facebook.com/sante.lu
NATO and Luxembourg boost Alliance Space Situational Awareness: nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_185365.htm EU warns Luxembourg with daily penality threat over AML rule : www.internationalinvestment.net/news/4032879/eu-warns-luxembourg-daily-penalty-threat-aml-rules The German Esports Federation (eSport-Bund Deutschland, ESBD), together with the German Games Industry Association, have announced the first esports tournaments and leagues : www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/germany-first-esports-tournaments-leagues-qualify-for-simpler-visa-application-process/ Does AstraZeneca vaccine have a future? www.ft.com/content/2bae4886-78e5-4586-aa6f-2d3154e6d936 kicking-off the Featured Story Series (FSS) in your Luxembourg Expats Network. luxembourgexpats.lu/stories/business/1100000708
We are kicking-off the Featured Story Series (FSS) in your Luxembourg Expats Network. Our first conversation is with Verena Miller, Founder of NextStop Luxembourg. Here we begin... We are delighted to have you with us in FSS. FSS' ambition is to highlight the journey of our community members and create interesting conversations among our community and beyond. Welcome once again, let's get started :) A quick introduction about yourself: Hello, I’m Verena, born and raised in the North of Germany. What brings you to Luxembourg, and how has life in Luxembourg been? After being in the airline and hospitality industry for a decade, travelling to over 50 countries all around the world, living in different places in the UK as well as all over Germany, I relocated in 2018 to the heart of Europe - Luxembourg. This is where I live with my American husband and 1.5 year old son and call home. How did you get started with your entrepreneurial journey? Originally we came, like many other expats, for a job offer. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t know much about the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg at all, I’ve never even been here before. The start of my Luxembourg journey was a bit rough, I faced many challenges. I tried to figure out the language system, citizen & car registration, different rules, geography, housing policies so on and so forth and it took some time but it all worked out after all and it’s been an adventurous and fun ride that always seems to have a surprise for me. My entrepreneurial journey started some years ago. I offered nutrition & mindset online coaching and enjoyed it a lot. Teaching how to change people’s life is so powerful and rewarding. At some point though, I realized my purpose lies in going out into the world and making a difference for other people. From many other expats as well as my own experience I knew how tough it can be to move to a new country, you might have never been to. Establishing a life in a country that’s so unique but also very foreign. Hoping to find a nice apartment or house to live in after arriving here immediately can be very disappointing. Attending appointments left and right and trying to figure out everything by yourself is not only stressful but also time consuming. Having someone who takes care of all of this, the whole package, no question unanswered makes one’s process much easier. What business services do you offer iand who should reach you? In cooperation with real estate agents, local companies and a small team of professionals, I strive to expedite and simplify your move to Luxembourg as smoothly as possible. Individuals and also businesses can depend on receiving a very personal and reliable service, with the individual but also family requirements being met. Next Stop Luxembourg will be there to assist you before, during and after your move, ensuring that you are well-settled in your new Luxembourg home. What hobbies / interests keep you busy outside of work? Nutrition & Cooking, Yoga, Nature, Events A favourite spot in Luxembourg? Petrusse Valley Top 3 Recommendations for new-comer? 1. Cafe Knopes for the most tasty Latte Macchiato in town, 2. Bambesch near Rollingergrund has beautiful hiking trails, 3. Merl Park ‘Pavillion’ for a summer sun-downer at the pond - (I recommend to book a table online) A favourite quote? Energy flows where intention goes It's great to speak with you Verena. We wish you a lot of success with NextStop Luxembourg and we are sure our community members will be inspired by your journey. Learn more about NextStop Luxembuorg luxembourgexpats.lu/business-listings/relocation/1100001030 nextstopluxembourg.com If you have an interesting story to be featured, send us an expression of interest to email@example.com.
Luxembourg inaugrating its first super computer hpcwire.com/off-the-wire/luxembourg-inaugurating-first-supercomputer-meluxina-on-june-7 France takes steps to rein in BigTech (and Luxembourg) politico.eu/article/france-ireland-luxembourg-big-tech-regulation-apple-amazon-facebook-google-digital-services-act-digital-markets Luxembourg: New Rule Disallowing Deduction On Payments To EU Non-cooperative Countries jdsupra.com/legalnews/luxembourg-new-rule-disallowing-8018905 Basketball: Landry going pro in Luxembourg princegeorgecitizen.com/local-sports/landry-going-pro-in-luxembourg-3841851 Luxembourg has made a voluntary contribution of €81,870 to promote human rights and equality for LGBTI persons coe.int/en/web/deputy-secretary-general/-/luxembourg-makes-a-voluntary-contribution-in-a-ceremony-with-deputy-secretary-general Why this crowd-free country can make a perfect holiday euronews.com/travel/2021/05/18/why-this-small-crowd-free-country-could-be-the-perfect-holiday-in-2021 Vaccination launched for homeless people msan.gouvernement.lu/en/actualites.gouvernement+en+actualites+toutes_actualites+communiques+2021+06-juin+03-vaccination-sansabri.html Proposal to include the right to disconnect from work jdsupra.com/legalnews/proposal-to-include-the-right-to-6864415 What changed while I was ignoring travel wbrc.com/2021/06/04/what-changed-while-i-was-ignoring-travel
Goodyear and Enovos to build Luxembourg's first solar carport The first power station will be a photovoltaic carport consisting of 1 500 solar panels, covering a parking lot of around 4 000 m2. With an annual production of 657.500 kWh, the carport will be the first in Luxembourg of this scale and will generate enough energy to supply a number of households. prnewswire.com/news-releases/goodyear-and-enovos-to-build-luxembourgs-first-large-solar-carport-301292347.html Energy efficient Luxembourg library follows cradle-to-cradle principle The building is clad in large-format red precast concrete panels and finished with a variety of surface treatments, including acid washing, water blasting and sand blasting. inhabitat.com/energy-efficient-luxembourg-library-follows-cradle-to-cradle-principles FIFA Women's World Cup: Luxembourg players are thinking about football day and night For Luxembourg, that start involves fixtures against England, Austria, Northern Ireland, Latvia and North Macedonia, which are the only team in this group beneath them in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking. fifa.com/womensworldcup/news/santos-my-luxembourg-players-think-about-football-night-and-day The human costs of Biden's India travel ban For the more than 2.7 million Indian immigrants who have put down roots in the US, President Joe Biden’s decision to ban most travel from their home country as its health system collapses under a surge of coronavirus cases has come at a price. vox.com/policy-and-politics/22429083/biden-india-travel-ban-covid-crisis Building a resilient and sustainable health system The COVID-19 pandemic has taught the world a lot about resilience, sustainability, and the ability to respond effectively during a crisis. During a plenary session on day 1 of the Virtual ISPOR 2021 meeting, panelists representing various global perspectives weighed in on what we have learned from the pandemic and how we can apply those learnings to create a more resilient health care system that can adjust to predictable and unpredictable changes. ajmc.com/view/building-a-more-resilient-and-sustainable-health-system More than 40% of expats in Hong Kong are thinking about leaving, survey finds More than 40% of expats surveyed by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong say they're considering moving away from the former British colony as China's influence grows and the city continues to enforce stringent quarantine rules. edition.cnn.com/2021/05/12/business/amcham-hong-kong-expats-intl-hnk/index.html 10 best countries for American expats - Portugal at the top The fashionable country due west of Spain is attracting young expats in recent years, particularly entrepreneurs, given its incredible value and welcoming business incentives that help stretch your hard-earned dollars. Take the second city of Porto, buzzing with modern and creative energy as a manufacturing and textile hub, with a slew of new designers who have made the city their home. travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-countries-for-american-expats
#startups A Luxembourg Startup, ANote Music Sarl, investing in music royalties is expanding to Japan english.kyodonews.net/news/2021/05/ab00dc764650-luxembourg-firm-aims-to-spur-music-royalties-investment-in-japan.html #Worplace CSSF publishes regulations regarding teleworking mondaq.com/fund-management-reits/1068182/luxembourg-cssf-publication-of-guidance-on-teleworking #tax Amazon wins $300m court case against European Commission jurist.org/news/2021/05/amazon-wins-court-battle-against-european-commission-order-to-pay-300-m-to-luxembourg #travel Best places to travell during Covid forbes.com/sites/christopherelliott/2021/05/15/here-are-the-best-places-to-travel-after-covid-19/?sh=440abf5e737e #travel Denmark relaxes travel restrictions for EU tourists forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2021/05/15/denmark-relaxes-travel-restrictions-opens-for-eu-tourists/?sh=476b53da2dd7 #conflict Israel's PM vows to fight as long as necessary theguardian.com/world/2021/may/16/israel-pm-netanyahu-vows-to-continue-gaza-attacks-for-as-long-as-necessary #cyberhack Ireland refuses to pay for attack on its National Health Service theverge.com/2021/5/14/22436164/ireland-refuse-pay-ransom-demand-attack-health-security #covid19 Indian PM says the country is on war-footing newsweek.com/indian-prime-minister-narendra-modi-sounds-alarm-covid-crisis-says-country-war-footing-1591727 #business Inflation angst turns TIPS into a $1.8 trillion market to watch bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-15/inflation-angst-turns-tips-into-must-watch-1-6-trillion-market
French police arrest Luxembourg's former top spy euobserver.com/democracy/151848 Amazon wins case against EU regulators choice.npr.org/index.html?origin=https://www.npr.org/2021/05/12/996118335/amazon-wins-case-against-eu-regulators-over-luxembourg-taxes New rule disallowing deduction of payments to EU non-cooperative countries jdsupra.com/legalnews/luxembourg-new-rule-disallowing-8018905 Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie releases home video of son purewow.com/news/prince-charles-birthday-luxembourg SOMO consortium to begin renovation of airport runaway airport-technology.com/news/somo-consortium-luxembourg-airport EU countries urged to avoid non-essential travel to India reuters.com/world/europe/eu-countries-urged-halt-non-essential-travel-india-2021-05-12
European Union seeks to open-up travel with vaccine pass voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/european-union-seeks-reopen-travel-vaccination-pass Luxembourg-Amazon tax set-up faces judgment day in EU court politico.eu/article/amazons-luxembourg-tax-set-up-faces-judgment-day-in-eu-court Greentube wins European tender to supply to Luxembourg lottery yogonet.com/international/noticias/2021/05/11/57577-greentube-wins-european-tender-to-supply-to-luxembourg-lottery Biden administration bans most travel from India natlawreview.com/article/biden-administration-bans-most-travel-india US government reverses healthcare ban on LGBT protections benefitspro.com/2021/05/11/white-house-reverses-trump-ban-on-lgbt-health-care-protections/?slreturn=20210412010740
NHS has an app in the UK that will show whether you have taken both jabs. Starting Monday, UK is opening up for travel and as the travelers need to show some proof of the jab, UK has implemented the app in a fast and easy way. In the future it can be expected that most countries have a proof of vaccination documents. UK is just the start, and one can expect Luxembourg follows suit.
Cake and cuddles for Prince Charles of Luxembourg royalcentral.co.uk/europe/luxembourg/cake-and-cuddles-for-prince-charles-of-luxembourg-on-his-first-birthday-159757 Tom Cruise returns Golde Globes Award in protest of HFPA edition.cnn.com/2021/05/10/entertainment/tom-cruise-scarlett-johansson-golden-globes/index.html Johnson and Johnson vaccine to be approved for all ages theguardian.com/world/2021/may/10/germany-to-approve-johnson-johnson-covid-vaccine-for-adults-of-all-ages British expats refused covid vaccine in Spain due to covid mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-expats-being-refused-covid-24076518 India's covid challenges will worsen global vaccine shortage edition.cnn.com/2021/05/10/business/india-covid-industries-intl-hnk/index.htm 20 tasty fruits and health benefits healthline.com/nutrition/healthy-fruit Luxembourg based OKO raises €1m - insurance for small holder farmers eu-startups.com/2021/04/luxembourg-based-oko-raises-around-e1-million-to-bring-innovative-insurance-to-smallholder-farmers-across-africa
In Luxembourg News - there has not been significant developments in Luxembourg that are news worthy this morning. In Global News: NASA blasts China in the debris re-entry near Maldives edition.cnn.com/2021/05/08/app-international-edition/china-space-debris-long-march-rocket-reentry-scn/index.html Another Scottish independence vote is inevitable, says Sturgeon washingtonpost.com/world/2021/05/09/scotland-independence-referendum-johnson-sturgeon Technology News: Do you suddenly need to stop using Facebook #privacy forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2021/05/09/this-is-why-you-should-delete-facebook-on-your-iphone-ipad-android-pc-or-mac The latest in EPIC vs Apple battle news.yahoo.com/epic-games-showdown-apple-turning-201047576.html SpaceX to send Dogecoin funded satellite to the moon marketwatch.com/story/elon-musks-spacex-to-send-dogecoin-funded-satellite-to-the-moon-11620601754 AOB: Stunning photos of airport at a standstill edition.cnn.com/style/article/tom-hegen-airports/index.html
Prince Charles of Luxembourg Appears in New Set of Stamps for 1st Birthday people.com/royals/prince-charles-of-luxembourg-shines-in-cute-first-birthday-stamps Gates Divorce Shakes World's Biggest Family Philanthropy Engine ndtv.com/world-news/bill-gates-melinda-gates-divorce-sends-shakes-worlds-biggest-family-philanthropy-engine-2437601 Foreign minister of Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg visit 'schastia' checkpoint ukrinform.net/rubric-defense/3241413-foreign-ministers-of-belgium-netherlands-luxembourg-visit-shchastia-checkpoint.html Britain to reopen foreign holidays to just a handful of countries reuters.com/world/uk/airlines-british-holidaymakers-brace-limited-travel-restart-2021-05-06 Germany tests out regulated tourism in model project dw.com/en/germany-tests-out-regulated-tourism-in-model-project/a-57438059
Luxembourg launches platform for cybersecurity luxembourgexpats.lu/stories/business/1100000679 Current travel rules between India and Germany thelocal.de/20210505/explained-the-current-travel-rules-between-india-and-germany Travel restrictions: European Council adds Israel to the list of countries to ease restrictions with consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2021/05/06/travel-restrictions-council-adds-israel-to-the-list-of-countries-for-which-member-states-should-gradually-lift-restrictions-on-non-essential-travel Travel psychology - why do we visit some places over and over again edition.cnn.com/travel/article/nostalgia-travel-pandemic-cmb/index.html Pandemic could ebb away in summer in Sweden reuters.com/world/europe/pandemic-sweden-could-ebb-away-summer-health-agency-says-2021-05-06 UAE issues passport to wealthy expats in a new round of reforms. Generally Middle Eastern countries do not issue citizenship and this is a massive change in UAE middleeastmonitor.com/20210506-uae-issues-passports-to-wealthy-expats-in-new-round-of-reforms British travelers traveling to Spain need to pay for visas while up to 6 months stay in UK is free for EU citizens including Spain express.co.uk/news/uk/1432826/british-expats-spain-residency-rights-visa-cost-property-tax-uk-eu-brexit-deal
Nearly half of Europeans are unhappy with EU's covid measures euronews.com/2021/05/05/nearly-half-of-europeans-unhappy-with-eu-s-covid-measures-poll-finds Luxembourg T20 cricket match ends in a thriller #Cricket #Sports emergingcricket.com/news/luxembourg-t20-league-ends-in-a-thriller Nepal Covid19 cases skyrocket and can be worse than India edition.cnn.com/2021/05/06/asia/nepal-covid-outbreak-intl-hnk-dst/index.html Runway renovation at the Luxembourg airport...lux-Airport starts a complete runway rehabilitation of the airport’s single 4,000 meters long runway. rustourismnews.com/2021/05/05/runway-renovation-at-luxembourg-airport FM of Luxembourg will visit Ukraine kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/fms-of-netherlands-belgium-luxembourg-to-visit-ukraine-on-may-6-7.html Film Fund Luxembourg unveils the project selected in its annual committee cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/404106 Why does an open Arctic matter for Europe #climatechange brusselstimes.com/news/eu-affairs/167948/climate-change-why-does-an-open-arctic-matter-for-europe Pandemic offers the European tourist industry a chance to upgrade ft.com/content/5f3328f4-b12e-4e5b-8dd2-bacfb73d40a6 Prince Emanuel von und zu Leichtestein blamed for shooting one of Europe's biggest bears bbc.com/news/world-europe-56991543
Spain and Greece excluded from Britain's Green List reuters.com/world/uk/spain-greece-excluded-uks-travel-green-list-the-sun-2021-05-04 Italy to introduce its travel green pass by end of May euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/italy-to-introduce-their-own-traveling-green-pass-by-end-of-may Inaugration of the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking HQ in Luxembourg eureporter.co/computing/2021/05/05/inauguration-of-the-european-high-performance-computing-joint-undertaking-headquarters-in-luxembourg Amazon in the news - paid no corporate tax on 44bn in European income nytimes.com/2021/05/04/business/amazon-corporate-tax.html Covid19 news - pandemic can't end unless the world helps India, immediately edition.cnn.com/2021/05/04/opinions/india-covid-world-help-lall-gala-gupta-bhatt-jain-khan-roy-arora/index.html Crypto - Ethereum's 27-year-old creator is now a billionaire edition.cnn.com/2021/05/04/investing/ethereum-founder-billionaire/index.html Zoom CEO's advice for remote workers edition.cnn.com/2021/05/04/perspectives/zoom-ceo-eric-yuan-video-meetings/index.html Post-Brexit, UK is stepping up its collaboraiton with India. GBP 1bn UK-India trade deals and creaing 6000 UK jobs bbc.com/news/business-56974831
Bill and Melinda Gates are separating after 27 years of marriage. Their namesake charitable foundation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will continue and they will continue to work on it together. It appears to be an interesting case where billionaire couples are separating but continuing to work together on some topics. Most recent well-known case would be Jeff Bezos and his wife, and now its Bill and Melinda Gates. More to read on verge: theverge.com/2021/5/3/22418019/bill-melinda-gates-marriage-separation-charity-foundation #BillGates #BillMelindaGates #MelindaGates #Divorce
More than 1 billion people use WhatsApp. The founders of WhatsApp created the app placing privacy first. Facebook bought WhatsApp, and started changing privacy related factors in order to push advertisements. As a natural result, huge amount of personal data is being harvested. Even WhatsApp founders took issues with it and left Facebook prematurely. Signal is an alternative to WhatsApp, and built as robustly as WhatsApp and collects very minimal data so as to make messaging work. Brian, one of the WhatsApp founder, also injected $50million of his personal money to support Signal. https://www.wired.com/story/signal-foundation-whatsapp-brian-acton/A quick comparison of all the data WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, Signal and Telegram. Take a look and make an informed choice.
Luxembourg Expats' team wishes you a very happy and prosperous 2021. We are delighted to grow as a community and reach more than 70000 expats online and on social media. As we grow from strength-to-strength, we would like to look back and thank all our community members, small and big businesses and the entire Luxembourg community a big thank you. Look forward to being with you, and continue on our mission to make life easier, happier for expats in Luxembourg. We also would like to express our deepest condolences for those who lost their loved ones in 2020. Who would have thought we would be having a pandemic and this year would be etched in history books forever. Let's wish every one happiness, strength and be there for each other in 2021.Love from the entire Luxembourg Expats' team.