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B2B: Art In Office - how to arrange it - insight from art-advisor

B2B: Dear Community, corporates, business institutions, entrepreneurs! Here I would like to share with you the insights of art-advisor's job, my experience and observations which I do regulary on LinkedIn. gHope it will be useful and interesting. According to FORBES, the work efficiency is 17% higher in the offices where the artworks & plants are present. #ArtInOffice is a power tool to affect your staff, clients as well as the cheapest way to add the refined touch to your office. Why & how it’s possible?! I’ll explain in a simple way and give a #lifehacks in the next posts on LinkedIn😉 But before I would like to encourage you to commission the professionals, because… -      The amateur approach can spoil even the best ides. If you want to try and think you are ready to unpredictable consequences, delegate your T-ager kid to fill out your tax declaration at first. “I can do it by myself” – is not for that kind of services, except you have the multilateral expertise & experience in curatorial studies, psychology, tracing the trends in contemporary art, a feeling of suitability additionally to impeccable taste. -      If you love adrenalin and ready to take the risk, remember that all the responsibility will be yours, because it supposed to be clearly visible. So, estimate its diapason from “great success” to “complete fall”. It doesn’t matter, are you an owner, CEO or employee, this quote will apply: “The doctor can bury the results of his experiments but not the architect”. -      Finally, good news: it’s much cheaper than to host the temporary exhibition in your office than to re-paint the walls, but the effect is incomparably bigger as well as to pay an external provider for 1-time service than to employ a dedicated person. Especially when you really need it for special occasion, like new office opening or important meetings with clients/investors/partners. Afterwards based on measurable results and feed-backs, you can re-consider it for a long-term perspective. Wish you a Happy Friday and wonderful week-end! 😊 #artmanagement #business #contemporaryart #experience #success #entrepreneurs #ceo #b2b #wellbeing #businessneeds #outsourcing #outsourcingservices #work #reason

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National Holidays in Luxembourg in 2022

March 20th: March Equinox. There are two equinoxes every year, in March and September, when the Sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of night and day are nearly equal. May 9th: Europe Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. May 26th : Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter. It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday. It is a Christian holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven, according to Christian belief.Ascension Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. June 6th: Whit Monday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. June21st: The June solstice is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. June23rd: National Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. August 15th: Assumption of Mary is a public holiday. The Christian feast day of the Assumption of Mary celebrates the belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. Sep 22nd: September Equinox, Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the autumnal equinox  in the Northern Hemisphere, and is considered the first day of fall. Nov 1st: All Saints' Day is a public holiday. All Saints' Day is a celebration of all Christian saints, particularly those who have no special feast days of their own, in many Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant churches. In many western churches it is annually held November 1 and in many eastern churches it is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is also known as All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas, or All Hallows' Day. December 26th: St Stephen's Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. officeholidays.com/countries/luxembourg/2022 

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5 Tips on What It Means To Study in Luxembourg

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.

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Jakub from On-Lang, the online language school in today's Featured Story Series

At Luxembourg Expats Network Featured Story Series’, today we are speaking to Jacob, founder of the online language institute On-Lang. Every entrepreneur's journey is filled with hope and opportunities and struggles and turbulence. By speaking, we not only highlight the journey of an entrepreneur, but we also hope this would be an inspiration for many. Without further ado, let’s jump right-in to our discussions with Jacob. Welcome to LuxExpats FSS, Jacob, let’s have a brief introduction about yourself: My name is Jakub. I am a language teacher with 10+ years of experience. Married to another great education specialist Eveline, who works as methodologist in our school – On-lang. We come from Poland, both worked as freelance teachers there, and at the beginning of 2021 we founded On-lang language school in Bitburg, Germany What's your Bitburg story? What brought you to Bitburg, and how has life in Bitburg been? We visited this area a couple of years ago. Our friends invited us. Once we’ve seen Bitburg, Trier, Eifel region, and Luxembourg of course, we thought that it might be a good place to live. Long story short, after just a few years we had a chance and we took it. Life in Bitburg is calm. People are very friendly and helpful, what we as newcomers appreciate a lot. What's your entrepreneurial journey? How did you get started with On-lang, the online language school? It started several years ago. After an adventure as a corporate employee I decided to pursue a career as a freelancer. I wanted to be able to have more influence on how my work, and life looked like. That’s how my company started to exist. For a couple of years I cooperated with various language schools, and managed to build a list of private clients. When we were planning to move to Germany, it was an obvious choice to pursue the teaching career. After analyzing the options, we decided to launch a company – On-lang language school, get some of our friends, who are fantastic educators on board and start building our future. What services do you offer? Who are your target audience? We want to help everyone who wants to learn a foreign language. We offer various learning schemes. One can learn solo, with a friend, or in a group. We are also interested in reaching companies where workers need to improve their communication skills in non-native languages. Having employees who speak a couple of languages fluently and are not scared of using them can really push a business forward, and we have already cooperated with different companies in that area. What are you most proud of in On-lang? I am super proud of being able to have fantastic people on board. We chose our teachers carefully and cooperate only with those, who have the same vision as we do  to help people break language barriers. I am very thankful for their support. The other thing I am proud of is that from this school-year we were able to offer job-contracts to some of our teachers. Though it is not the first choice of many schools, that usually employ freelancers only, we are happy to make a step forward and to make the job more stable for both our educators and ourselves. What are your hobbies and interests? I used to be a freelance photographer and that is still somewhere in my heart. I love visiting new places with my camera and taking photos. It helps to get a better, more detail-oriented perspective of a place one visits. That’s how it works for me at least 😊 What's your favorite spot in Luxembourg? Though I am relatively fresh in here, I can name a couple of spots I definitely love. From the city of Luxembourg I definitely fell in love with the Adolphe Bridge. Having a walk with the view is a breath-taking experience. It is also a perfect place to get away for a moment to be alone with ones thoughts sipping a good take-away coffee of course. What's your top 3-recommendations for a new comer in learning new language? 1. Surround yourself with the new language. Change language in your video games, phone system, Netflix default settings etc. Try to manage and don’t give up if it feels a bit upsetting or tiering at first. 2. Get professional help of a qualified teacher who can coach you through your language process. Even the best self-learning sportsmen need an assistance of a coach at some point. The same goes for the language skills, it really helps to have a professional teacher who cares about you, and your progress. Every student deserves a champion 😊 3. Go out there and use what you learn. Whenever it is possible for you, use the language you are learning. When you feel you are misunderstood, that’s why we have our hands and mimics, use them if you fail to find a word needed at the moment. The feeling of accomplishment when you manage to have a simple conversation in a language you are learning is an amazing motivator. What's your favorite quote? My favorite quote comes from one of my favorite TedTalks. It was given by a great educator Rita Pierson, who said: “Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” In On-lang, we believe that every our student, young or older deserves a champion 😊 What methods do you use teaching your students? We use a variety of teaching methods. Starting from Montessori/Multi-sensory methods for kids, through The Natural Approach, CLT (Communicative language learning), to our favorite – the Immersion method for adults. Actually what we like to do most is to tailor a mixture of various methods to our students. We definitely try to conduct our lessons completely in the target language as soon as it is possible. We also want to give our students the possibility to enjoy communication as early as  possible in their learning process – hence the focus on very practical, and useful skills. What would you say would be the recommendations of people who want to start their own business today? 1. The beginnings are never easy, so don’t give up to quickly. 2. Though you may often feel like this – don’t do everything by yourself. Try to get a support and to delegate tasks as soon as possible. 3. Gather positive people around you, and talk to them often to gain motivation to go on. Last, but not least, if you are not one yourself, find a good support of a tax advisor. I am very happy to have a support of Jegen Steuerberatungsgesellschaft GmbH from Bitburg, that provides fantastic support. Hope you enjoyed learning about Jacob and his family's entrepreneurial experience, which he has shared in a beautiful way. Are you learning a new language? check out On-lang and support local businesses in the greater region: luxembourgexpats.lu/local-business/books-languages-learning-and-training/1100001050

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ICT Spring 2021: the largest physical event of the year kept all its promises

ICT Spring 2021: the largest physical event of the year kept all its promises  On September 14 and 15, at the Europe Convention Center Luxembourg, in the heart of Europe, a new edition of the global tech conference ICT Spring was held. Organized by Farvest, this two day event composed of keynotes, roundtables, meetings and networking allowed experts, managers, start-ups and investors to meet and discuss topical issues and future trends in various sectors: ranging from FinTech to Space, including Cybersecurity, the digitalization of services, the Supply Chain and the development of the startups’ ecosystem at the international scale.  With 2.200+ people registered for this 2021 edition, 2350+ bilateral contacts made, 51 countries represented, 400+ meetings booked and 6000+ messages exchanged, ICT Spring kept all its promises.   Being the unmissable event since 2010 and supported by the Luxembourg government as well as an array of companies committed to the future of the tech world and of our society, ICT Spring, was the main event of the Digital ICT Week organized last September 13 to 17 by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Europe Network.   As a consequence to the current health situation, ICT Spring took place in a hybrid format, with the possibility for attendees to join either on site or either to follow the conferences broadcasted live on a dedicated platform. Two intense days during which more than 220 high-level international speakers shared their expertise on major tech trends, their impact on society and the working world. In addition, more than 55 exhibitors met and exchanged with the 2021 springers while featuring their products and services in the exhibition hall.  True to its commitments and objectives, ICT Spring 2021 has encouraged emulation and networking between business leaders, decision makers, start-ups, researchers and VCs. The participants were pleased to exchange face-to-face after months of health crisis which prevented such meetings from being held, a real “first” for the country since March 2020. To offer a 360 event experience to its digital attendees, a networking platform was also implemented -allowing participants to participate in the matchmaking and targeted networking sessions- through the use of an internal application, generating more than 1500 meetings over the 2 days.  For its inauguration, the Mastermind Summit & Competition offered a brand new conference dedicated to entrepreneurs, VCs and startups. Featuring the best international start-ups in the tech world, Mastermind Competition rewarded 3 start-ups, at the forefront of innovation, active in Deeptech, Fintech and NewSpace. The winners of this first edition are: FIN-PAY from Australia (FinTech), Encapsulate from Canada (DeepTech) and Pale Blue from Japan (NewSpace).   Website: www.ictspring.com     ---------------------  French Version  ICT Spring Europe 2021 : le plus grand événement en présentiel de l'année a tenu toutes ses promesses  Les 14 et 15 septembre, à l'Europe Convention Center Luxembourg, au cœur de l'Europe, s'est tenue une nouvelle édition de la conférence technologique internationale ICT Spring. Organisé par Farvest, cet événement de deux jours composé de keynotes, tables rondes, rencontres et networking a permis aux experts, managers, start-ups et investisseurs d'échanger sur des sujets d'actualité et sur les tendances futures dans des secteurs variés : de la FinTech au spatial, en passant par la cybersécurité, la digitalisation des services, la Supply Chain et le développement de l'écosystème des startups à l'échelle internationale.  Avec plus de 2.200 personnes inscrites pour cette édition 2021, plus de 2.500 contacts bilatéraux, 51 pays représentés, plus de 400 rendez-vous professionnels planifiés et plus de 6.000 messages échangés, ICT Spring a tenu toutes ses promesses.  Rendez-vous incontournable depuis 2010, soutenu par le gouvernement luxembourgeois et tout un panel d'entreprises investies dans l'avenir de la tech et de notre société, ICT Spring était l'événement phare de la Digital ICT Week organisée du 13 au 17 septembre par la Chambre de Commerce du Luxembourg et Enterprise Europe Network.  Du fait de la situation sanitaire actuelle, ICT Spring s'est déroulé sous un format hybride, avec la possibilité pour les professionnels, soit d’assister à l’événement sur place, soit de suivre les conférences retransmises en direct sur internet grâce une plateforme dédiée. Le programme a consisté en deux journées intenses au cours desquelles plus de 220 intervenants internationaux de haut niveau ont partagé leur expertise sur les grandes tendances technologiques, leur impact sur la société et le monde du travail. En outre, plus de 55 exposants ont pu présenter leurs dernières innovations dans le hall d'exposition.  Fidèle à ses engagements et ses objectifs, ICT Spring Europe a favorisé l'émulation et le networking entre chefs d'entreprise, décideurs, startupers, chercheurs et investisseurs en capital-risque. Les participants ont eu le plaisir d'échanger en face-à-face après des mois de crise sanitaire qui ont empêché la tenue de telles rencontres, une véritable première pour le pays depuis mars 2020. Afin d’offrir une expérience événementielle à 360° ​​aux professionnels qui n’étaient pas présents sur place, une plateforme de networking a été mis en place, permettant des sessions de réseautage ciblées et du matchmaking grâce à l'utilisation d'une application interne, générant plus de 1500 meetings sur les deux jours.  Pour sa première, le Mastermind Summit & Competition a proposé une conférence dédiée aux entrepreneurs, investisseurs en capital-risque et startupers. Mettant en avant les meilleures start-up internationales de la tech, Mastermind Competition en a récompensé trois à la pointe de l'innovation, actives dans la Deeptech, la Fintech et le NewSpace. Les gagnants de cette première édition sont : l’australienne FIN-PAY (FinTech), la canadienne Encapsulate (DeepTech) et la japonaise Pale Blue (NewSpace).  Site internet : ww.ictspring.com  

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Road resurfacing on Rue de Hamm

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) 

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Study (higher education) in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is a beautiful country sandwiched among Germany, France and Belgium. The country has one of the highest quality of lives, second richest in the world in GDP per capita, and one of the most expat friendly nations in the world; roughly half the Luxembourg population are expats. Luxembourg boasts a thriving finance, legal, and emerging tech industry. It has an advanced economy, and only a 6% unemployment rate, which is one of the lowest. There are a number of higher education options in Luxembourg. Importantly, with a thriving job market, upon graduation in Luxembourg, most students find full-time employment with a straight-forward work permit process. In addition, to become a naturalised Luxembourg citizen, you only need 5-years of residence (reduced from 7-years). This is one of the lowest requirements in Europe to become a citizen. As a Luxembourgish, EU Citizen, one can work and travel across all the European Union countries. And Luxembourg’ passport is accepted in more than 150 countries for visa-free travel. Now, lets get to the education part. University of Luxembourg is only about 20 years old, and is also ranked 20th in the World’s top young Universities by Times Education. Following are the list of Universities to check-in for higher education. University of Luxembourg: https://wwwen.uni.lu/ European Business University: ebu.lu United Business Institutes: https://www.ubi.edu/ BBI Luxembourg: https://www.bbi-edu.eu/ Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg: https://www.shu.lu/ Luxembourg School Of Business: https://luxsb.lu/ Business Science Institute: https://en.business-science-institute.com/ LUNEX International University of Health, Exercise and Sports: https://www.lunex-university.net/ CASS European Institute Of Management Studies: https://cass.edu.eu/ European Institute of Public Administration EIPA: https://www.eipa.eu/

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Can I become a Luxembourg Citizen? Luxembourgish Citizenship

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a founding member of the European Union and being a Luxembourg citizen means you're also the citizen of the European Union. Luxembourgish passport is one of the most powerful with one can travel to 172 countries visa-free with Luxembourg passport. European Union citizens do not require any specific documentation to live and work in Luxembourg. However, people coming from outside of the European Union, commonly referred to as third-country nationals, who are adults and are looking to work here require a work-permit for establishing long-term residence in Luxembourg. The current population of Luxembourg is 634000 and is growing at more than 1% every year and is expected to soon reach a million. The country's GDP is strong, driven by the finance and associated industries. As the country grows from strength-to-strength, Luxembourg is also becoming home to many third-country nationals. In fact, 48000 non-EU residents are estimated to be in Luxembourg in 2000. Refer Statista statista.com/statistics/584918/foreigners-in-luxembourg-by-nationality Now, there are 10 ways to become a Luxembourg citizen, as listed here: guichet.public.lu/en/citoyens/citoyennete/nationalite-luxembourgeoise/acquisition-recouvrement/option.html In this post, we will focus on Case No. 7 - becoming a naturalised citizen of Luxembourg as an adult. You need to meet the following three requirements: 1. Legally resided in Luxembourg for at least 5 years. The final year of residence immediately preceding the option declaration must have been uninterrupted; 2. Have knowledge of the Luxembourgish language, as evidenced by a Luxembourgish language test pass certificate; 3. Have taken the "Vivre ensemble au Grand-Duché de Luxembourg" course or passed the test covering the topics taught in this course. These are basic requirements and is one of the most straightforward among the lowest residency requirement among the EU countries (Germany for example requires 8 years).

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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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National Holidays in Luxembourg in 2021

National Holidays in Luxembourg in 2021 | Office Holidays March 20th: March Equinox. There are two equinoxes every year, in March and September, when the Sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of night and day are nearly equal. May 9th: Europe Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. May 13th : Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter. It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday. It is a Christian holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven, according to Christian belief.Ascension Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. May 23rd: Whit Sunday is not a public holiday. Pentecost is a Christian holiday commemorating the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament of the Bible. It is also known as Whitsunday, or Whit Sunday. May24th: Whit Monday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. June21st: The June solstice is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. June23rd: National Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. August 15th: Assumption of Mary is a public holiday. The Christian feast day of the Assumption of Mary celebrates the belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. Sep 22nd: September Equinox, Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the autumnal equinox  in the Northern Hemisphere, and is considered the first day of fall. Nov 1st: All Saints' Day is a public holiday. All Saints' Day is a celebration of all Christian saints, particularly those who have no special feast days of their own, in many Roman Catholic, Anglican and Protestant churches. In many western churches it is annually held November 1 and in many eastern churches it is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is also known as All Hallows Tide, All-Hallomas, or All Hallows' Day. December 26th: St Stephen's Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. Source: National Holidays in Luxembourg in 2021 | Office Holidays 

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