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Navigating Luxembourg's Public Transport: A Beginner's Guide

Nestled in the heart of Europe, Luxembourg is not only known for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture but also for its efficient and extensive public transport system. Whether you're a newcomer or a seasoned traveler, understanding how to navigate the country's buses, trains, and trams can significantly enhance your experience and make exploring this charming country a breeze. Understanding the Basics Before delving into the specifics of Luxembourg's public transport system, it's essential to grasp some fundamental concepts: Ticketing System: The public transport system in Luxembourg operates on a zone-based fare structure. Tickets can be purchased for individual journeys, or travelers can opt for passes valid for a specific duration, such as a day or a month. Zone System: Luxembourg is divided into different zones, with each zone representing a specific geographic area. The fare for a journey is determined by the number of zones crossed during the trip. Mobility Card: The "Mobility Card" is a convenient option for frequent travelers. It allows unlimited travel on all forms of public transport within Luxembourg for a specified period. Modes of Transport Luxembourg's public transport network comprises buses, trains, and trams, each offering unique advantages: Buses: Buses serve as the backbone of Luxembourg's public transport system, connecting various cities, towns, and rural areas across the country. They operate frequently, providing reliable transportation for commuters and tourists alike. Trains: The national railway company, CFL (Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois), operates train services connecting Luxembourg City with neighboring countries such as Belgium, France, and Germany. Trains offer a comfortable and efficient means of long-distance travel within and beyond Luxembourg's borders. Trams: While Luxembourg's tram network is relatively limited compared to buses and trains, it serves key areas within Luxembourg City, offering a convenient way to navigate the capital and its surrounding areas. Tips for Using Public Transport Navigating Luxembourg's public transport system is straightforward with these helpful tips: Plan Your Journey: Before setting out, use online journey planners or mobile apps to map your route, check schedules, and determine the most efficient way to reach your destination. Validate Your Ticket: Ensure that you validate your ticket before boarding buses, trams, or trains. Failure to do so may result in fines. Be Punctual: Public transport in Luxembourg operates on a strict schedule, so it's essential to arrive at the designated stops on time to avoid missing your bus, tram, or train. Respect Priority Seating: Priority seating on buses and trains is reserved for elderly passengers, individuals with disabilities, and pregnant women. Be mindful of others and offer your seat when necessary. Stay Informed: Stay updated on any service disruptions, delays, or route changes by checking the official public transport website or following social media accounts for real-time updates. Embrace Multimodal Travel: Take advantage of Luxembourg's integrated transport system by combining different modes of transport, such as buses, trains, and trams, to reach your destination efficiently. Luxembourg's public transport system offers a convenient, efficient, and eco-friendly way to explore the country's rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and bustling urban centers. By familiarizing yourself with the ticketing system, understanding the various modes of transport, and following essential tips for navigating the network, newcomers can confidently navigate Luxembourg's public transport system and unlock the treasures this enchanting country has to offer.

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Hello Newcomers : Here are Essential Tips for Seamless Integration into Life in Luxembourg!

Luxembourg, a vibrant and multicultural country, welcomes expats with open arms, offering a myriad of opportunities and experiences. Here are key insights to ensure a smooth transition and successful integration: Multilingual Environment: With French and German widely spoken, language learning programs aid in seamless integration into local communities. Job Opportunities: Thriving sectors like finance, industry, and technology provide ample job prospects for expats and their spouses. Quality Healthcare: Accessible healthcare services and comprehensive coverage ease newcomers' worries about medical care. Efficient Transport Network: A well-developed transportation system facilitates easy mobility within Luxembourg and neighboring regions. Cost of Living Considerations: Be prepared for a relatively high cost of living, especially regarding housing and services. Work Culture: Punctuality, efficiency, and respect for schedules are integral to the work culture, fostering a professional environment. Cultural Traditions: Embrace Luxembourg's rich cultural heritage through festivals and events, fostering a sense of belonging. Inclusive Education: Despite challenges, Luxembourg's education system prioritizes multilingualism and supports expatriate students' integration. Administrative Procedures: Understand visa and work permit requirements beforehand to streamline administrative processes upon arrival. Community Engagement: Get involved in social and cultural activities to forge connections and enrich your expat experience. With these tips, navigate your expatriation journey with confidence and make the most of your time in Luxembourg. Welcome to your new home!

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Luxembourg: Weekly Roundup

Luxembourg was one of seven countries to take part in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956.  Eight finalists in the Luxembourg Song Contest, the nation’s selection for Eurovision 2024 will be revealed on December 11. eurovoix.com/2023/12/10/luxembourg-song-contest-finalists-to-be-revealed-on-december-11 Leaning tower may collapse?   edition.cnn.com/travel/article/bologna-garisenda-leaning-tower-collapse/index.html? The European towns and cities that are magical at Christmas. edition.cnn.com/travel/european-towns-and-cities-that-look-like-christmas/index.html? “The train shall stop in Luxembourg”: AG Ćapeta stands for fundamental rights jurisdiction in CFSP action.   Op-Ed: “The train shall stop in Luxembourg”: AG Ćapeta stands for fundamental rights jurisdiction in CFSP action (Joined cases KS and KD C-29/22 P and C-44/22 P)” by Francesca Bandini and Walter Bruno - EU Law Live Luxembourg is the most underrated choice for a winter getaway. The European nation stands out for its gorgeous castles and free public transportation. insider.com/why-luxembourg-is-best-europe-destination-for-winter-vacation-2023-11 French utility Engie won its fight against an EU order to pay 120 million euros ($130 million) in back taxes to Luxembourg, a blow to the European Commission's crackdown on sweetheart deals between EU nations and multinationals. reuters.com/business/energy/engie-wins-court-fight-against-130-mln-eu-tax-order-2023-12-05? In 2021, the employment of 30.4 million in the EU was supported by exports to non-EU countries (15% of total employment) (25% Luxembourg) ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-eurostat-news/w/DDN-20231204-1 Find love wherever you can ...there is no set place for it Singles Are Finding Love in Unusual Places Online (wsj.com)

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The Luxembourg Song Contest will take place on Saturday January 27th 2024, live from the Rockhal venue in the Luxembourg city of Esc-sur-Alzette.   Luxembourg 2024: Name of the national contest is "Luxembourg Song Contest" - ESCplus (esc-plus.com) “We expect inflation to continue to decelerate in 2024, as the lagged impact of interest-rate rises starts affecting economic activity, and in turn, consumer demand,” Upasana Dutt, Head of Worldwide Cost of Living at EIU, said in a statement. edition.cnn.com/2023/11/30/travel/the-worlds-most-expensive-cities-to-live-in-for-2023/index.html? Xavier Bettel, the Luxembourg Foreign Minister, has addressed the Russian delegation directly during his speech at the OSCE ministerial meeting, saying that real power lies in ending the suffering of millions of people. Luxembourg's Foreign Minister emotionally addresses Russia's delegation at OSCE meeting (yahoo.com) Eurostar services from the Netherlands to London will be suspended for six months from June next year. Passengers from Amsterdam and Rotterdam to London will be required to change trains in Brussels. bbc.com/news/world-europe-67544997 “Providing a secure and reliable digital wallet solution that is easy to use and offers documents that are recognised throughout Europe is a major objective of the Ministry for Digitalisation.” nfcw.com/2023/11/29/386759/luxembourg-to-trial-digital-identity-wallet-as-part-of-eu-pilot The world-famous Blue Lagoon thermal pool in the area has already closed due to the ongoing seismic activity. Iceland declares state of emergency, evacuates over threat of volcanic eruption | CNN Four companies from Luxembourg are operating in West Bengal. Representatives of these companies — Rotarex, Boson Energy, Ceratizit, and Amer Sil Ketex — made separate presentations at the country session held at Biswa Bangla Mela Prangan as part of the BGBS Luxembourg welcomes new policies on green energy, looks for expansion | Kolkata News - The Indian Express

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A talk with Caroline Medinger from Medinger-Architecture

In our Featured Story Series (FSS), we connected with the founder of  Medinger-Architecture, Caroline Medinger. We have a particular fondness for entrepreneurs, and today we would like to introduce you to one Caroline Medinger who has been designing modern, simple and pared-down architecture in Luxembourg since 2014. Let's have a quick introduction about yourself. Where are you from and what do you do? Hello, I am Caroline Medinger, originally from Luxembourg, I work as an architect and business owner in Contern where I also live with my British husband and two children. What's your entrepreneurial journey? How did you get started with Medinger-Architecture? After my Masters in architecture at the Université libre de Bruxelles I have worked as an architect at Fassbinder architects until I felt ready to go it alone. In 2013 I decided to found my own business, starting by working a second job as a Mathematics teacher to fund the startup costs and help with initial expansion. Once I had a solid client basis, I started growing the business and hiring other architects with different fields of expertise. In 2021 I obtained an additional diploma in Urban Planning which was the next step in developing the business specializing in housing allowing us to develop housing estates and large-scale housing projects. Our team is nowb roadly positioned in this field, so that we can respond to any enquiry, from authorizations of small extensions to the planning of an urban district; our architects are trained in the renovation of historic buildings, energy improvements, modern new builds and the list goes on. What is the importance of your work? We work for literally everyone, we are planning social housing as well as urban villas, our architecture is created with a lot of thought and experience as we know that it is life changing for our clients, which makes it a very challenging, but also a hugely satisfying job. What are you most proud of about Medinger-Architecture? It is difficult to establish a new business in this field, most companies have grown over generations and associations. Shortly after taking the decision to make a second round of growth, we were hit by Covid, horrible wars and now the recent high interest rates and building crisis. So, I guess I’m proud of our resilience and the fact we are still standing tall. Additionally, it makes me proud to say that we are an “all women” office, even though this has never been an intention. It makes me proud that we, as women, are managing to assert ourselves, in an often still male dominant environment, due to our experience and quality of work. What are your hobbies and interests? My family, when I’m not working, I try to spend most time possible with my children and partner. Another big passion is overlanding, so travelling without taking a plane. My most extreme journey took over 9 months, I got from here to Bali without taking a plane, I’ve seen very “untouristy” places in Iran, Pakistan, Tibet… but also crossed Australia and North America always with only a rucksack and sleeping in a tent most of the time. What's your favorite spot in Luxembourg? Honestly it is impossible for me to pick ones pot, I love the city itself, especially the Pétrusse and Alzette valley, but also the North, the castles….the castle in Vianden still gives me goosebumps every time I see it. I love spending time at the Moselle as it makes me feel like I’m on holiday… What's your top 3-recommendations for a newcomer in Luxembourg? Go out and explore, especially on Sundays when the shops are closed. Don’t miss all the “Dëppefester” (small celebrations), the town clubs organize, it is here that people let their hair down… - the multicultural environment is a great source for learning and understanding the world better, be open and respectful and it will enrich your life tremendously. What's your favorite quote? I don’t really have one, but I love OscarWilde, so here is one of his: “To live is the rarest thing in the world…” What would you say would be the recommendations of people who want to start their own business today? Have a chat with the Chambre of Commerce, they are very helpful and Guichet.lu is a good source of information if you don’t know where to start. Never hesitate to ask and call administrations if things are not clear. Most importantly: Just do it - you’ll only regret the things you don’t do. Visit : medinger-architecture.lu

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Luxembourg: Weekly Roundup

Luxembourg imposes net wealth tax (NWT) on Luxembourg companies based on their unitary value, i.e. the adjusted net asset value as determined, in principle, as at 1 January of each year, at the rate of 0.5% lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=c917f2f6-4be3-4221-844d-7bec60ce43fd Luxembourg (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) and Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) are among 16 elite-level winners and 25 overseas-based horses that have been extended invitations to the Longines Hong Kong International Races meeting at Sha Tin Racecourse Sunday, Dec. 9. Luxembourg, Highfield Princess Among 16 Group 1 Winners Invited to Longines HKIR (thoroughbreddailynews.com) Fall foliage surrounds the sandstone formations of the Gorge du Loup in Echternach, Luxembourg. The natural wonder is right on the doorstep of Echternach, which was founded in 698 and is Luxembourg's oldest town. Spa and Echternach: Deluxe walking, gawking in Belgium and Luxembourg | Stars and Stripes The broadcaster has reported that the selection process has transitioned towards the audition phase, selecting 70 songs from 50 artists from a pool of almost 500 songs. eurovoix.com/2023/11/22/luxembourg-updates-on-selection-process-for-eurovision-2024 Doris Woltz's resignation as director of the Service de Renseignement de l'État (SRE) was formally accepted on 16 November, according to the country's legal gazette.She was leaving her post after seven years due to her "personal intent to retire from public service", according to an SRE spokeswoman. euobserver.com/world/157727 The CTC and associated Luxembourg Protocol (together, the “Convention”) aims to provide a consistent and stable legal framework for rolling stock secured creditors and lessors internationally.   wfw.com/articles/the-luxembourg-protocol-what-do-you-need-to-know? The Ministry for Digitalisation and the CTIE will participate in testing the national digital wallet against variables like speed and efficiency when verifying and onboarding a citizen to access government services.   identityweek.net/luxemburg-endeavours-to-test-four-digital-wallet-use-cases-for-european-openness?

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Luxembourg: Weekly Roundup

Luc Frieden will be the new Prime Minister. Former PM, Bettel, would return as Foreign Minister in the new Luxembourg government. politico.eu/article/luxembourgs-bettel-return-foreign-minister-new-government The strong delegation of Luxembourg companies shall be spearheaded by the Ambassador of Luxembourg to India, Her Excellency, Peggy Frantzen, and other delegate members from the country. indianexpress.com/article/cities/kolkata/bengal-global-business-summit-partner-country-luxembourg-to-focus-on-energy-and-manufacturing-9034080 Domestic employment in Luxembourg nearly doubled from 264,000 on average in 2000 to a 502,600 in 2022, data published by statistics agency Statec on Friday shows.In Luxembourg, more than 40%, or 214,000 workers, commuted across the border, data from the report showed. luxtimes.lu/luxembourg/luxembourg-workforce-nearly-doubled-in-last-two-decades/4814600.html Luxembourg has earned the top spot in their 2023 “European Life-Work Balance Index”. Luxembourg received an index score of 85.26 out of 100, followed by Spain (78.63) and France (77.19).    researchluxembourg.org/en/luxembourg-ranks-first-in-europe-for-its-work-life-balance Estonia and Luxembourg have taken steps to establish secure digital ID wallets that will digitize public services and meet the new European digital identity regulation. biometricupdate.com/202311/european-digital-id-wallets-piloted-in-estonia-and-luxembourg? The specialists already have a clear use for geothermal heat in mind – geothermal heating can be supplied to the new building districts of Nei Schmelz in Dudelange and Metze Schmelz in Schifflange. Seismic survey to commence for Luxembourg geothermal exploration (thinkgeoenergy.com) The #Vietnamesecommunity in #Luxembourg has shown their belief in the prospect of the relations between the two countries, hoping that cooperation will be expanded from the economic and financial areas to cultural exchange. Overseas Vietnamese in Luxembourg believe in prospects of bilateral relations | Society | Vietnam+ (VietnamPlus) In his time at the helm of Luxembourg’s foreign ministry, Asselborn has seen dozens of EU leaders and ministers come and go. Luxembourg — a tiny multilingual country where German and French are commonly spoken — has often served as a mediator between the EU big beasts Berlin and Paris. Veteran Luxembourg foreign minister quits stage after two decades – EURACTIV.com

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Luxembourg: Weekly Roundup

KPMG has confirmed it is moving to a new headquarters in Luxembourg, where the firm currently employs around 1,800 staff. KPMG’s office will include a coworking space and a food court, and access to a large park in the Kirchberg plateau   consultancy.eu/news/9368/kpmg-kicks-off-process-for-new-headquarters-in-luxembourg? It is important for taxpayers to start evaluating the potential impact of these new rules on their business structures. Asset managers should examine how their structures, investments, and returns could be impacted by Pillar Two. jdsupra.com/legalnews/pillar-two-implementation-in-luxembourg-6419739 Own a home in Luxembourg? Discover subsidies for rooftop solar! Save on bills and gain energy independence.Connect with Dawid Guzik, your Solar Expert, to explore subsidies and streamline the installation process. Go green, save green! Learn more about their innovative solutions at https://solar-expert.lu One of the wealthiest countries in the world, Luxembourg is renowned for its gromperekichelcher, fine wines and medieval castles.   labiotech.eu/best-biotech/luxembourg-biotech-companies The research published today by IRIS says 59 Canadian companies - including 33 headquartered in Quebec - transferred some $119.8 billion in net profits to the European low-tax country over a period of about 10 years. Study: Canadian companies transferred billions to Luxembourg to avoid paying taxes | CP24.com Luxembourg, a little-known European nation that's one of the wealthiest countries in the world. insider.com/why-luxembourg-is-best-europe-destination-for-winter-vacation-2023-11?

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Luxembourg: Weekly Roundup

Luxembourg was home to one of the most popular stops on the tour, earning the loyalty of players who enjoyed the family vibe and appreciative fans. wtatennis.com/news/3752437/kontaveit-collects-at-luxembourg-legends-event? LuxSE became the first exchange in the EU to list digital securities issued by Societe Generale and the European Investment Bank, including the world’s first digital Climate Awareness Bond. financefeeds.com/luxembourg-stock-exchange-lists-eus-first-dlt-based-security? Guinness World Record holder Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, passed away at his home in Portugal on Saturday. bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-67194721 The Law aims to lighten and modernize the legal framework for non-profit associations (“Associations“) and foundations (“Foundations“) and provide more accounting transparency to guarantee better control and thus create a new legal framework that meets the current associative and charitable sector’s needs. Luxembourg: Non-profit associations and foundations reform - Global Compliance News Consumer protection needs to keep up with new products and technologies.What happens when you buy a defective product? Who is liable for the damage it causes? The EU rules governing defective products are being updated. Better consumer protection: new EU rules for defective products | News | European Parliament (europa.eu) The appearance of the rainbow over #Sandweiler was an unexpected event that brought joy to many.   gazette-news.co.uk/news/23887238.radiant-rainbow-saves-country-luxembourg

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Recapping the highlights and happenings of the week in Luxembourg

Luxembourg's prosperity is a powerful magnet for would-be migrants but while the minimum wage exceeds 2,300 euros a month, house prices start at around 10,000 euros per square metre. euronews.com/2023/10/06/tiny-grand-duchy-of-luxembourg-faces-a-major-housing-crisis Luxembourg allocates 52.7 MW in agrivoltaic tender. pv-magazine.com/2023/10/05/luxembourg-allocates-52-7-mw-in-agrivoltaic-tender "Affordable housing is scarce, especially for young people and single-parent families".Luxembourgers are crossing the border to live in Germany, Belgium or France just because rents and property prices are lower. barrons.com/news/luxembourg-eu-s-richest-country-grapples-with-housing-crisis-dfb5a251 Luxembourg residents and nationals can enter and travel to India using an official document known as a "e-Visa" for India. digitaljournal.com/pr/news/getnews/indian-evisa-for-luxembourg-bolivia-mexico-albania-and-chile-citizens During the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes, vaccine developers relied upon the discoveries by Dr. Weissman and Dr. Karikó, which saved innumerable lives and paved a path out of the pandemic. More than 15 years after their visionary laboratory partnership, Kati and Drew have made an everlasting imprint on medicine. edition.cnn.com/2023/10/02/europe/nobel-prize-medicine-mrna-covid-vaccines-2023-intl-scn/index.html Construction on the church is expected to be finished by 2026. independent.co.uk/tv/news/barcelona-sagrada-familia-church-construction-b2422495.html 

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Luxembourg: Weekly Roundup

The partnership was formalized at a signing ceremony between both companies at the POST Luxembourg’s Headquarters, in presence of the Luxembourg Minister of the Economy, Franz Fayot. https://www.criticalcommunicationsreview.com/ccr/news/111363/airbus-partners-with-post-luxembourg-to-provide-agnet-to-critical-communications-market-in-luxembourg Luxembourg City, home to European institutions since 1952, is one of the three institutional seats of the European Union. luxembourg.lu - the Grand Duchy's portal. Located in the heart of Western Europe, the Grand Duchy offers the advantages of multilingualism, quality of life, and ease of access. https://luxembourg.public.lu/en/society-and-culture/international-openness/eu-institutions.html Luxair flight from Malaga to Luxembourg experienced delays and was diverted to Liège due to runway maintenance at Findel Airport. https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/luxair/luxair-flight-from-malaga-diverts-to-liege-after-being-refused-landing-in-luxembourg/ The United States is going to buy the satcom service from Luxembourg. https://www.satellitetoday.com/government-military/2023/09/25/us-space-force-plans-to-buy-communications-data-from-luxembourgs-meo-program/ UBS Luxembourg to commemorate an outstanding milestone: 50 years of service in the Grand Duchy. https://www.privatebankerinternational.com/news/ubs-luxembourg-celebrates-50-years-of-operation/ The royal family of Luxembourg debuted a new website to teach children about the monarchy. https://people.com/royal-family-luxemboug-debuts-new-website-teach-children-monarchy-7975689 Foreign tourists from the EU and extra-EU countries represented 43.0% of all nights spent in EU tourist accommodations in 2022. https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-eurostat-news/w/edn-20230927-1 The website is designed to look like a children’s story book complete with animations and a map which showcases the signature residencies of the family.  These include Berg Castle, the Grand Ducal Palace and Fischbach Castle. https://www.tatler.com/article/how-luxembourgs-royal-family-are-getting-children-interested-in-their-regal-history The French government has vowed action to “reassure and protect” the public as its capital Paris reports a “widespread” rise in bedbugs. https://edition.cnn.com/2023/09/30/europe/france-bedbugs-paris-intl-hnk/index.html French teams are subject to the principle of public service neutrality, from the moment they are selected to this end in all national and international competitions. Thus, one cannot wear a headscarf (or any other accessory or outfit demonstrating a religious affiliation) when representing France in a national or international sporting competition https://edition.cnn.com/2023/09/26/europe/un-hijab-olympics-intl/index.html Sannazzaro Natta moved into the 45-roomed, turreted, fairytale Castle Sannazzaro when she was four years old. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/ludovica-sannazzaro-castle-italy/index.html

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Luxembourg: Weekly Roundup

Luxembourg has become the second European Union member country to legalize the possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use after Malta. forbes.com/sites/dariosabaghi/2023/06/29/luxembourg-legalizes-cannabis-for-personal-use/?sh=3cc541aa1ce8 In Luxembourg the price of fuel is the same at all petrol stations, but this is not the case everywhere in Europe. fuel-prices.eu/Luxembourg Luxembourg secures Expo 2025 Osaka Pavilion deal with Naito House Co, Ltd. The circular economy-focused pavilion will connect hearts and nations. gouvernement.lu/en/actualites/toutes_actualites/communiques/2023/09-septembre/15-expo-2025-osaka.html This is the first contribution from Luxembourg to FAO activities in Ukraine and the first to FAO’s emergency and resilience work in general in over a decade. ukraine.un.org/en/244334-ukraine-luxembourg-and-fao-join-hands-protect-livelihoods-livestock-keeping-families New law facilitates the recruitment of third-country nationals. Easier access to the job market for third-country nationals already residing in Luxembourg The new law aims to significantly simplify the employment of third-country nationals already residing in Luxembourg. Family members of third-country nationals legally residing in Luxembourg will now have unrestricted access to the job market and will no longer require work permits. adem.public.lu/en/actualites/adem/2023/09/metiers-penurie.html #Portugal and #Luxembourg meet in an EURO 2024 qualifier at the National Football Stadium at 20:45 CET. besoccer.com/new/possible-lineups-for-portugal-v-luxembourg-1278754 International Equal Pay Day, celebrated on 18 September, represents the longstanding efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value. luxembourg.public.lu/en/living/family/equal-opportunities.html France is the latest country to tackle the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes among young people. bbc.com/news/world-europe-66797972 Many Brits are not working ... because. The immediate cause is not disputed: more Britons than ever are classified as unwell. Data released this week showed a remarkable 2.6m people, a record, are economically inactive because of long-term sickness—an increase of 476,000 since early 2020. economist.com/leaders/2023/09/14/why-are-so-many-britons-not-working Sweden is exploring the possibility electric roads which charge electric vehicles as they drive. bbc.com/reel/video/p0gcbkjs/sweden-s-innovative-solution-to-powering-electric-cars The bank raised its key rate for the 10th time in a row, to 4% from 3.75%, as it warned inflation was "expected to remain too high for too long" bbc.com/news/business-66805855 Changes in the #employment rate between Q1 - Q2 2023 varied across the EU. ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-eurostat-news/w/DDN-20230915-2 Compared with older generations today, members of Gen Z are much more likely to report experiencing negative emotions such as stress, anxiety and loneliness, according to a new study. edition.cnn.com/2023/09/14/health/gen-z-mental-health-gallup-wellness-cec/index.html What's the world's stinkiest fruit? wsj.com/business/farming-durian-stinky-fruit-china-2a320ef9?mod=hp_featst_pos5 The #iPhone15 will be the first model since 2012 without Apple's lightning charging port. bbc.com/news/technology-66778528 Earth's climate, biodiversity, land, freshwater, nutrient pollution and 'novel' chemicals - human-made compounds like microplastics and nuclear waste - are all out of whack, a group of international scientists said euronews.com/green/2023/09/14/the-patient-is-sick-human-activity-is-putting-earths-life-support-systems-at-risk We express our profound sadness at what happened in Libya. According to Libyan aid coordinators, the number of deaths may pass 10,000. This is a very sad moment where Mother Nature has shown us how swift she can be. With prayers and support to the Libyan people and humanity. nytimes.com/2023/09/13/opinion/libya-flooding-responsibility.html

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Weekly Roundup: Highlights Happening in Luxembourg.

The Luxair Luxembourg Airlines is announcing its brand new destination starting in April 2024: Manchester, a youthful, dynamic, and cultural city in the north of Great Britain. aviation24.be/airlines/luxair/from-luxembourg-to-manchester-with-luxair-in-april-2024 The European Heritage Days will take place from 23rd September to 1st October 2023 in Luxembourg. Under the theme "Living heritage", the Heritage Days focus on intangible or living heritage. coe.int/en/web/portal/-/european-heritage-days-2023-shine-a-light-on-living-heritage-cultural-traditions-and-skills A performance on the big stage of the Eurovision Song Contest lasts three minutes, and it will have a great repercussion on the lucky candidate. Eurovision Luxembourg. Eurovision is looking for the candidate or group from Luxembourg that will represent the country in the 68th contest in Sweden. eurovisionfun.com/en/2023/09/luxembourg-first-impressions-from-the-auditions From two-hour queues at the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Athens capping visitors to the overcrowded Acropolis, the glut of tourists returning to Europe this summer has been difficult to miss. ft.com/content/e0cc1581-961f-4da5-ab04-dfbf461586dd Birmingham City Council's bankruptcy raises questions about financial stability. Let's stay informed and engaged in our community's future. edition.cnn.com/2023/09/05/economy/birmingham-council-bankrupt-uk-gbr-intl/index.html The law establishes two types of reorganization procedures: reorganization by collective agreement and judicial reorganization. dentons.com/en/insights/articles/2023/july/20/new-luxembourg-law-to-preserve-businesses-and-modernize-insolvency-law Experts warn that prolonged allergen seasons and higher air pollution are causing people to develop new lung problems. “The impacts of climate change on human health are pervasive, profound and substantial” euronews.com/green/2023/09/05/people-with-lung-conditions-face-greatest-risk-from-climate-change-experts-say London and Paris sizzle in heat waves, while Greece prepares for floods. Climate challenges worldwide demand urgent action! bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-09-05/london-and-paris-face-heat-waves-as-greece-braces-for-floods Discover the wellness wisdom of Sebastian Kneipp, a hidden guru. Dive into his story in the article below. bbc.com/travel/article/20230904-sebastian-kneipp-the-wellness-guru-that-few-know Discover the cheesy delight of Emmentaler, Switzerland's King of Cheeses! Check out this fascinating article for a taste of Swiss culinary heritage. bbc.com/travel/article/20230905-emmentaler-switzerlands-king-of-cheeses In the mid-1800s, working 70-plus hours a week was common edition.cnn.com/2023/09/09/success/work-culture-9-to-5-curious-consumer/index.html Secret way to the great wall of China! A part of China's Great Wall has been severely damaged by construction workers in central Shanxi province, who used an excavator to dig through it. bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-66714547 Another change! Apple's latest iPhone will almost certainly feature a USB-C charge point when it is unveiled on 12 September. bbc.com/news/technology-66708571 Big decision! L'Occitane's owner opts not to go private. Get the scoop from the link. reuters.com/business/retail-consumer/loccitanes-owner-decides-against-deal-take-company-private-2023-09-04

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Luxembourg: Weekly Roundup

Luxembourg is facing potential decline because: (a) excessive regulation (b) challenges in attracting top talent (c) less invesmtent in R&D ... what's your experience? youtube.com/watch?v=LzhDI0dZLYU Luxembourg parliament’s ratification of the new Luxembourg-UK double tax treaty. jdsupra.com/legalnews/new-luxembourg-uk-double-tax-treaty-1599078/L Luxair also operates flights from London City- nonstop flights between Manchester and the landlocked western European country. businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2023/08/31/luxair-to-resume-manchester-luxembourg-route KPMG Luxembourg is betting on sustainability and on its own determination to offer one of the most creative work environments in Luxembourg. kpmg.com/lu/en/home/media/press-releases/2023/08/kpmg-chooses-bpi-real-estate-to-develop-its-new-headquarters-in-kirchberg.html Europe's Tax Scandal Fallout! Dive into the biggest tax controversy in Europe. Get the scoop on this financial drama. finance.yahoo.com/news/fallout-europe-biggest-tax-scandal-040004511.html Germany's financial relief plans are on the rise! Discover how they're investing in a brighter future. bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-08-29/germany-agrees-on-expanded-tax-relief-measures-worth-7-billion EU's Green Banking Metric Debate! Check out the latest insights on how it may impact stakeholders. bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-09-04/eu-s-green-banking-metric-will-mislead-stakeholders-lobby-says Between immediate need vs long-term survival...we take the easy way out irishexaminer.com/business/economy/arid-41174944.html Discover Carmaker has unveiled first prototype of its Neue Klasse EVs. bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-09-02/bmw-ceo-sees-profit-boost-from-next-generation-electric-cars If you are a British expat living overseas, like in Dubai, then just because you have fallen out of the income and capital gains net in the UK, you are still liable to inheritance tax on your worldwide or UK assets. telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/wealthy-golden-visa-expats-oblivious-inheritance-tax-threat Are you a traveler? But if you can wait until the season winds down, the rewards can be significant – both in terms of savings and experience. And after the summer the world has had – with record heat, uncomfortably warm ocean water, devastating wildfires, epic crowds and high prices – the relative calm of traveling in September and October will be right on time for many travelers. edition.cnn.com/travel/fall-travel-advantages-destinations/index.html Travel is back in full swing this summer, and so is bad behaviour by tourists. edition.cnn.com/travel/social-media-tourism-effect-scn-wellness/index.html The Dawkins family from Texas – 59-year-old Nadine, 61-year-old Kim and their adult children – bought a home in the little Italian town of Latronico after tiring of the US political climate edition.cnn.com/2023/09/02/travel/travel-news-us-families-relocate-europe/index.html Discover St. John: The island where Robert Oppenheimer escaped his legacy. Explore the hidden history of this tiny paradise. bbc.com/travel/article/20230719-st-john-the-tiny-island-where-robert-oppenheimer-escaped-his-legacy Parisians in April voted to ban rental e-scooters but turnout was low. Check out why- bbc.com/news/world-europe-66682673 TikTok-Infused Adventures! Explore how TikTok transformed vacation planning. Discover the world's hidden gems with this social media travel guide. edition.cnn.com/travel/i-used-tiktok-to-plan-my-vacation/index.html Even a decade ago, the concept might have sounded wildly futuristic – but, if recent events are anything to go by, space tourism is becoming the latest frontier of travel. bbc.com/travel/article/20230830-whats-it-like-to-win-a-trip-to-space The next iPhone just weeks away! Read more here about the unveiling edition.cnn.com/2023/08/29/tech/new-iphone-15-apple-wonderlust/index.html Sipping on Aperol Spritz, the ultimate summer elixir. Discover why it's the drink everyone's toasting to this season! bbc.com/travel/article/20230829-why-aperol-spritz-is-the-drink-of-the-summer In a world first, scientists say an 8cm (3in) worm has been found alive in the brain of an Australian woman. bbc.com/news/world-australia-66643241

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Recapping the highlights and happenings of the week in Luxembourg

Luxembourg Strengthens Investment Landscape with New FDI Rules! Stay updated as Luxembourg sets new standards for foreign investments starting Sep 1, 2023. A smarter approach for a thriving economy! jdsupra.com/legalnews/luxembourg-adopts-new-foreign-direct-5775987 Eurozone economies stagnate, Luxembourg no exception. nytimes.com/2023/07/31/business/europe-gdp-inflation-economic-growth.html Discover why JPMorgan Isn’t Taking Any Chances With New EU ESG Rule. bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-08-21/jpmorgan-isn-t-taking-any-chances-with-new-eu-investing-rule The European Central Bank has warned that recent upheaval in the global economy threatens to result in long-lasting changes. ft.com/content/0c371a17-1747-4b57-af0f-67997f773c1a Biggest tech organisations and search engines now have to comply with new EU rules designed to protect users. bbc.com/news/technology-66604929 "It took much longer than we had hoped." - Heineken's Dolf van den Brink said. bbc.com/news/business-66616161 Discover Sandwich chain Subway is set to be bought by a private equity firm, ending six decades of family ownership. bbc.com/news/business-66603109 Discover the latest Eurostat data on EU employment trends! Let's stay informed and work towards a brighter future together. ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-eurostat-news/w/ddn-20230824-1 Insights why France toughens the controls on foreign investment in local firms - Finance minister says risk to technologies never been so high - Critical raw materials extraction sector subject to checks bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-08-24/france-to-toughen-controls-on-foreign-investment-in-french-firms The characterstics of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know. A study of speech neuroprostheses uses a digital link wired to her cortex to interface with an avatar. edition.cnn.com/2023/08/23/health/brain-implants-speech-scn Discover why weathered or unhealthy skin is emerging as a major risk factor for almost every single age-related disease. bbc.com/future/article/20230823-the-curious-ways-your-skin-shapes-your-health Mid-week cravings! What is your pick for September bbc.com/culture/article/20230823-from-dumb-money-to-saw-x-10-of-the-best-films-to-watch-in-september India's succesful Moon mission is not just India's alone, it belongs to Humanity: India's Prime minster- Narendra Modi. edition.cnn.com/2023/08/23/world/chandrayaan-3-lunar-landing-attempt-scn/index.html How can everyday hunger also affect how we think bbc.com/future/article/20230822-how-hunger-can-warp-our-minds Guess no one will disagree Scientific studies show that merely looking forward to a future reward can be even more rewarding than the reward itself. edition.cnn.com/travel/vacations-are-good-for-you-scn-wellness/index.html Is this summer brings another headline of tourists around the world behaving badly? bbc.com/travel/article/20230821-is-this-the-summer-of-bad-tourists Stay informed with Barron's today for the latest insights and updates on key financial trends. Knowledge is power! barrons.com/articles/what-to-know-today-5315d2a4 Chef Michel Roux Jr. has announced that his two-Michelin star London restaurant Le Gavroche will be closing its doors permanently in January. edition.cnn.com/travel/michel-roux-jr-closes-michelin-starred-le-gavroche-restaurant-for-better-work-life-balance/index.html

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Weekly Roundup: The Latest News and Events in Luxembourg.

Ecuador is voting for elections but also a historic referendum to explore oil in one of the most bio-diverse forests of Amazon. edition.cnn.com/2023/08/20/americas/ecuador-election-oil-extraction-amazon-climate-intl/index.html Recent Graduates in Luxembourg Excel in Employment! Luxembourg, along with the Netherlands, leads the charge with a remarkable 93% employment rate for young talents aged 20-34, showcasing their dedication and resilience. ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-eurostat-news/w/EDN-20230810-1 On 1 September 2023, the Luxembourg Act (the Act) of 14 July 2023 will enter into force. The Act will establish a national screening mechanism for foreign direct investments that are likely to affect security or public order. lexology.com/commentary/corporate-financema/luxembourg/nautadutilh/luxembourg-act-to-establish-national-screening-mechanism-for-foreign-direct-investments The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will be fielding a team at the 2023 European Dressage Championships in Riesenbeck on 4 - 10 September 2023. eurodressage.com/2023/08/16/luxembourg-field-team-2023-european-dressage-championships Earn multiple vouchers during the high five promotion for flights through April 30, 2024. loyaltylobby.com/2023/08/17/luxair-high-five-promotion-for-flights-through-april-30-2024 Rome announced plans for the price cap last week after fares on flights between Italy’s islands and the mainland jumped 70%. ft.com/content/198b898a-f50f-4fb1-8e94-aa278a3fa4a1 Facing challenges head-on in Q2 2023 as business bankruptcies surge, reminding us of the resilience needed in today's economic landscape. ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-eurostat-news/w/ddn-20230817-1 Discover why EY in late July outlining its plan for a debt-and-equity deal to separate its consulting arm from the audit business. ft.com/content/ad788139-2b24-4a41-a3eb-28e4e2e90c57 The town 'La Esperanza' are evacuated as the efforts to extinguish the fires continue at the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. edition.cnn.com/2023/08/17/europe/spain-tenerife-wildfire-evacuations-intl/index.html The Tour de France is a prestigious multistage bike race that takes place annually in France. edition.cnn.com/2013/06/05/world/europe/tour-de-france-fast-facts/index.html Stuffed courgette flowers. One of the Mediterranean's oldest and humblest dishes, are now served at Michelin-star restaurants on the most dazzling terraces of France's Côte d'Azur. bbc.com/travel/article/20230816-fleur-de-courgette-the-simple-dish-beloved-in-the-south-of-france Time to rethink our beverage choices for a healthier future! edition.cnn.com/2023/08/08/health/sugary-drinks-liver-disease-study/index.html Old books smell good for a reason "Modern books smell different because of changes in manufacturing, while old books release distinctive volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as they slowly decay." scienceswitch.com/2023/08/19/why-do-old-books-smell-so-good

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Luxembourg: Weekly Roundup

Luxembourg invests in a greener future with 264 new fast charge points. Making electric driving easier and more accessible! electrive.com/2023/07/31/luxembourg-funds-264-fast-charge-points Most expensive countries globally to send overseas workers. U.K.: $441,608 | Japan: $370,183 | India: $354,028 | China: $313,011 | Hong Kong: $278,020 cnbc.com/2023/08/04/japan-india-are-asias-most-expensive-countries-to-send-overseas-workers.html Unlocking tax insights! mondaq.com/tax-authorities/1350490/direct-tax-procedure-commentary-on-upcoming-amendments The Great Resignation was unprecedented! bbc.com/worklife/article/20230731-the-great-resignation-is-over-what-does-that-mean Travel agents, content assists are made possible by AI cnbc.com/2023/07/29/how-ai-can-make-common-side-hustles-more-lucrative.html Breaking sound barriers and redefining travel with Boom Supersonic! edition.cnn.com/travel/boom-supersonic-ambitions-scn/index.html Embark on a picturesque journey through Italy's captivating landscapes on these charming tourist trains. edition.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-tourist-trains/index.html Imagine a luggage-free adventure! Check out this fascinating article about the future of travel. No bags, no worries! bbc.com/travel/article/20230730-are-luggage-free-trips-the-future Voyager 2 is more than 12.3 billion miles (19.9 billion km) from Earth, where it is hurtling through interstellar space - the space between the stars. bbc.com/news/world-66371569 Discover the mesmerising images of the end stages of a distant star's life have been captured by the James Webb space telescope (JWST). bbc.com/news/science-environment-66397231 Barbie takes the box office by storm, proving her timeless charm. edition.cnn.com/2023/08/06/business/barbie-box-office-history/index.html Breakthrough study reveals how sleep patterns influence mood and mental health. bbc.com/news/health-66372087

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Luxembourg's Industrial Heritage: A Journey Through Time

As the gleaming towers and modern infrastructure define Luxembourg's contemporary landscape, it is essential not to forget the roots that nurtured its growth and prosperity. Luxembourg's industrial heritage is a testament to the country's journey from a small rural nation to a flourishing economic powerhouse. This article takes you on a captivating voyage through time, unraveling the stories of the past and the efforts to preserve this vital legacy. Steel Industry: The Backbone of Luxembourg's Economy At the heart of Luxembourg's industrial heritage lies its steel industry, which played a pivotal role in shaping the nation's identity. In the 19th and 20th centuries, steel production became the backbone of Luxembourg's economy, driving industrialization and urbanization. Iconic sites such as the blast furnaces in Belval and Differdange stand tall as enduring symbols of this era. Mining Heritage: Unearthing Treasures Beneath the Earth Luxembourg's mining heritage takes us deep underground, where generations of miners toiled to extract valuable minerals and ores. Mines like the Red Rock Region, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offer a glimpse into the challenging yet essential work of the mining community, which contributed significantly to the country's economic prosperity. Transforming the Industrial Landscape As Luxembourg transitioned into a knowledge-based economy, some of the industrial sites fell into disuse. However, rather than letting these relics fade away, the country took a visionary approach to transform them into vibrant cultural spaces. The former steel production area of Belval is now a thriving urban district with modern apartments, offices, and cultural institutions, while the Minett Park Fond-de-Gras takes visitors back in time to experience life in a mining village. Industrial Museums: Where History Comes Alive Luxembourg's industrial heritage is meticulously preserved in numerous museums scattered across the country. The National Museum of Industrial History in Rumelange and the Blast Furnace Museum in Belval offer immersive experiences, providing visitors with insights into the daily lives of workers and the technological marvels that powered the industries. Preservation and Sustainability: Embracing the Past for the Future Preserving Luxembourg's industrial heritage is not merely about nostalgia; it is about embracing the past to create a sustainable future. By repurposing industrial sites, Luxembourg showcases its commitment to sustainability, adaptive reuse, and cultural preservation. These efforts not only honor the nation's history but also contribute to community development and cultural tourism. Embracing the Future, Remembering the Past As Luxembourg continues to progress and innovate, it remains deeply rooted in its industrial heritage. The stories of hard work, resilience, and innovation shape the nation's identity and serve as a source of inspiration for future generations. By celebrating its industrial legacy, Luxembourg honors the people who built the foundations of its success and forges a path towards a brighter tomorrow. Luxembourg's industrial heritage stands as a living testament to the nation's remarkable journey from an industrial hub to a thriving center of modernity. Preserving this legacy not only fosters a sense of pride among Luxembourgers but also offers a valuable window into the past for the country's citizens and visitors alike. As Luxembourg looks towards the future, it does so with gratitude for its industrious past, knowing that the lessons learned from history will continue to guide its path to progress and prosperity.

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Summarising the week's key events and highlights in Luxembourg.

Discover why Wall Street firms are turning to Luxembourg as their preferred post-Brexit hub! Stable nation, limitless opportunities! bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-07-25/luxembourg-stable-nation-lures-wall-street-firms-seeking-post-brexit-hub Chamber of Deputies passes landmark Law on Elderly Service Quality, prioritising respect, and transparent care. The new legislation establishes key bodies like Conseil supérieur des personnes âgées and enhances facility supervision and staff expertise. gouvernement.lu/en/actualites/toutes_actualites/communiques/2023/07-juillet/20-vote-chd-agees.html Flying in Europe is now cheaper than taking the train! Discover the latest findings on travel costs at the link below. zmescience.com/science/flying-europe-cheaper-than-train Hold on tight! The founder of ChatGPT launches WorldCoin cryptocurrency today! Get ready to explore a new crypto frontier. Find out all you need to know! reuters.com/technology/openais-sam-altman-launches-worldcoin-crypto-project-2023-07-24 UFO whistleblower unveils shocking evidence! Congress hears about the US government's alleged possession of alien spacecraft. The truth is out there. livemint.com/news/world/ufo-whistleblower-gives-evidence-to-congress-on-us-govt-holding-alien-spacecraft-11690392223906.html I deal with the rocky road to our modern understanding of the earth forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2023/07/25/gemstones-preserve-15-billion-year-old-lifeforms-in-stunning-3d/?sh=66a77a5c7691 Discover the world's most liveable cities for 2023! bbc.com/travel/article/20230725-the-worlds-most-liveable-cities-for-2023 Dreaming of an extended stay in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Check out this amazing travel guide for the ultimate island escape! edition.cnn.com/travel/bonaire-dutch-caribbean-moving-extended-stay/index.html Discover why Elon Musk rebranded Twitter to 'X.' What is another step in his plan to emulate the Chinese mega app WeChat bbc.com/news/business-66333633 Improve the quality and quantity of your life. edition.cnn.com/2023/07/21/health/exercises-for-aging-bodies-wellness/index.html A rare meat allergy from tick bites is rising, researchers say, and may have already impacted as many as 450,000 people in US. bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-66333478 Now we have a word for it "Barbenheimer" ...because why not!!! edition.cnn.com/2023/07/27/business/barbie-oppenheimer-movies-economy/index.html Explore the impact of extreme temperatures and heatwaves on our work environment! Stay informed and adapt for a sustainable future! bbc.com/worklife/article/20230719-how-will-extreme-temperatures-and-heat-waves-change-how-we-work Gone are the small, clean, cheap motels and public spaces where anyone can find a place to nurse a cup of coffee. Yet the camaraderie of the Greyhound is hanging on. theguardian.com/travel/2023/jul/26/america-roadtrip-greyhound-bus Returning after 100 years. With a year to go to the Olympics, Paris is in the final phase of a historic clean-up which will soon see swimmers and divers back in the River Seine. bbc.com/news/world-europe-66238618

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Dual Citizenship in Luxembourg

Luxembourg, a country renowned for its rich cultural diversity and welcoming spirit, has long been a popular destination for immigrants seeking a new home. In recent years, the Grand Duchy has embraced the concept of dual citizenship, further solidifying its reputation as an inclusive and open society. Let's explore the world of dual citizenship in Luxembourg and the opportunities it presents. Understanding Dual Citizenship Dual citizenship, simply put, is the status of an individual who holds citizenship in two different countries simultaneously. This unique legal arrangement grants the person the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in both nations, offering an array of advantages that extend beyond the borders of each country. Luxembourg's Openness to Dual Citizenship Since 2009, Luxembourg has permitted dual citizenship, opening its doors to individuals who wish to become Luxembourgish citizens without having to renounce their original nationality. Although there are a few exceptions to this rule, obtaining dual citizenship in Luxembourg is generally straightforward, making it a highly sought-after status. Paths to Dual Citizenship in Luxembourg There are several routes to acquiring dual citizenship in Luxembourg. Individuals born in Luxembourg to at least one Luxembourgish parent automatically qualify for dual citizenship. Another avenue is through marriage to a Luxembourgish citizen, followed by a five-year residency requirement. Additionally, those with strong connections to the country, such as Luxembourgish grandparents or long-term residents, are eligible to apply for citizenship. The Bountiful Benefits of Dual Citizenship Holding dual citizenship in Luxembourg can prove to be an advantageous decision. Dual citizens enjoy the freedom to live, work, and study in both countries, embracing the best of both worlds. Furthermore, they have the privilege of participating in elections in both countries and are entitled to own property in either or both nations. The freedom to travel and work internationally is a coveted benefit, enriching the lives of those with dual citizenship. Challenges to Consider While dual citizenship presents numerous advantages, there are also a few challenges to be mindful of. Dual citizens may be subject to taxation in both countries, necessitating careful financial planning. Additionally, abiding by the laws and regulations of both nations can sometimes be intricate, requiring dual citizens to navigate the intricacies of both legal systems. Embrace the Opportunity In conclusion, dual citizenship in Luxembourg represents an exceptional opportunity to experience the best of two worlds. The benefits of living with one foot in each nation, coupled with Luxembourg's welcoming and inclusive environment, make this status a highly appealing prospect for many. If you find yourself intrigued by the possibilities that dual citizenship in Luxembourg offers, we encourage you to reach out to the Luxembourgish embassy or consulate in your home country. Discover how this pathway can open doors to new experiences, opportunities, and connections, enriching your life and broadening your horizons. Embrace the world with dual citizenship in Luxembourg! 

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Luxembourg Votes for Unity in Diversity New Intercultural Living Law Emphasises Equality for All Residents. Effective 01/01/2024. gouvernement.lu/en/actualites/toutes_actualites/communiques/2023/07-juillet/20-vivre-ensemble.html In 2021, Austria started to sell such a ticket that covered all public transport in the country for the price of €3 a day. In 2020, Luxembourg became the first country in Europe to provide free public transport. theguardian.com/environment/2023/jul/20/flying-in-europe-up-to-30-times-cheaper-than-train-says-greenpeace The Impact of Shrinking Teams: A Thought-Provoking Read on How Workers are Navigating Increased Workload. Learn More about the Challenges Faced in the Workplace. bbc.com/worklife/article/20230217-how-shrinking-teams-are-pushing-workers-to-the-brink Greece Battles Raging Fires, Forcing Urgent Evacuations - A Grim Reminder of the Climate Crisis. nytimes.com/2023/07/23/world/europe/greece-fires-evacuation.html EU finalizes post-Brexit hedge fund rules, paving the way for financial stability and collaboration. reuters.com/business/finance/european-union-agrees-post-brexit-rules-hedge-funds-2023-07-21 Exciting news! EU passes groundbreaking nature restoration law to combat climate change and protect our planet's biodiversity. edition.cnn.com/2023/07/12/europe/eu-nature-restoration-law-climate-intl/index.html In 2021, the EU witnessed a thriving creative and cultural sector, with half a million active enterprises in arts and entertainment, and an additional 12,000 in libraries, archives, and museums. Luxembourg, among the countries surveyed, registered 398 enterprises in this dynamic domain. ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-eurostat-news/w/ddn-20230720-1 Exciting match! Check out the highlights and analysis on BBC Sport. bbc.com/sport/football/66221898 From Father of the Atomic Bomb to Caribbean Castaway: The Untold Story of Oppenheimer's Escape on St John. Witness the enigmatic scientist's journey from hero to pariah, and how the remote island shaped his final days. bbc.com/travel/article/20230719-st-john-the-tiny-island-where-robert-oppenheimer-escaped-his-legacy Discover the literary gems of 2023! bbc.com/culture/article/20230420-12-of-the-best-books-of-the-year-so-far-2023 Discover Auckland's culinary delights with Chef Peter Gordon's top recommendations! bbc.com/travel/article/20230719-best-places-to-eat-in-auckland-according-to-chef-peter-gordon Here's what happened when this couple bought a rundown farmhouse in Portugal. edition.cnn.com/travel/article/this-couple-bought-a-rundown-farmhouse-in-portugal/index.html I believe it's a call for equality. bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-66249601 Check out Greta Gerwig's bold and inventive Barbie that breaks the mould! bbc.com/culture/article/20230718-greta-gerwigs-bold-inventive-barbie-breaks-the-mould Discover the magic of children's books! Unlock timeless wisdom and nostalgia while embracing the joy of reading at any age. bbc.com/culture/article/20230711-why-adults-should-read-childrens-books Discover the hidden gems of golf courses that shaped the sport we love! bbc.com/travel/article/20230717-the-little-known-courses-that-made-modern-golf Imagining a Greener Horizon! Discover the fascinating vision of net-zero shipping and its potential impact on our planet! bbc.com/future/article/20230707-what-would-net-zero-shipping-look-like

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Navigating Europe's Scorching Heatwave

Southern Europe is in the midst of an unprecedented heatwave, with soaring temperatures and extreme conditions affecting popular holiday destinations such as Spain, Italy, Croatia, and Greece. As the heatwave, known as Charon, grips the region, travelers need to take extra precautions to ensure their safety and comfort. This article provides essential information, tips, and updates on the current heatwave, addressing concerns related to travel safety, cancellations, duration, and the impact on tourist attractions. Traveling Safely during the Charon Heatwave If you're planning to visit a country affected by the Charon heatwave, be prepared for scorching temperatures. In Italy, red alert heat advisories have been issued for 20 cities, soon to be extended to 23. These alerts signify intense heat that poses a threat to the entire population. Italian authorities advise avoiding direct sunlight between 11 am and 6 pm, the hottest parts of the day. The UK's Foreign Office has issued travel warnings for Italy, Spain, and Greece, directing travelers to seek advice from relevant health authorities for staying safe. To ensure your well-being, remember to: Apply sunscreen regularly and generously. Limit outdoor activities during the hottest times of the day. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid consuming alcohol, which can increase the risk of dehydration and heat-related illnesses. Be aware that local medical facilities may experience strain due to health issues caused by the heat, so having travel insurance is essential. Refunds and Cancellations: Travelers considering canceling their holidays due to the heatwave may face cancellation fees based on standard policies. While flights and package holidays are proceeding as scheduled, travel companies often argue that destinations like Dubai and Egypt regularly experience similar high temperatures. If you have a medical condition that could be exacerbated by the heat, your travel insurance may cover you, but it is advisable to consult with your insurance provider and provide any necessary medical certificates. Duration of the Heatwave: Forecasters predict that the extreme heat will persist until the end of July, although Western European countries like Spain and Portugal may experience some relief in the coming days. Travelers should stay updated on weather conditions and heed local guidance to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. Tourist Attractions and Impacts: Due to the intense heat, some popular tourist attractions have temporarily closed, with instances of visitors collapsing at crowded destinations. Authorities in Greece temporarily closed the Acropolis in Athens during peak heat hours, and similar restrictions are being considered for historical monuments in Italy. Working hours have been adjusted in certain Greek cities to avoid the hottest part of the day. Power outages have occurred in parts of Rome due to increased demand from air conditioners. Wildfires and Safety Precautions: The heatwave has increased the risk of wildfires across southern Europe. A wildfire broke out on the island of La Palma in Spain's Canaries, leading to evacuations. Similar incidents have been reported in Croatia and Spain. Travelers should stay informed of local guidance and adhere to regulations to prevent accidental fire outbreaks. Traveling during the Charon heatwave requires heightened awareness and preparation. By following safety measures, monitoring weather updates, and adapting plans accordingly, travelers can mitigate the risks and still enjoy their summer getaway. Stay informed, stay hydrated, and stay safe amidst this extraordinary heatwave. 

Education

A Glimpse into Luxembourg's Universities

Luxembourg, the vibrant and multicultural nation at the heart of Europe, is not only renowned for its picturesque landscapes and economic prowess but also for its exceptional higher education institutions. Let's take a closer look at some of the universities that contribute to Luxembourg's educational tapestry. University of Luxembourg: As the country's main public university, the University of Luxembourg stands as a beacon of academic excellence. Offering a diverse range of programs across disciplines such as Law, Business, Economics, Sciences, and Computer Science, it provides students with a solid foundation for their intellectual growth. The university's commitment to research and innovation, coupled with its multicultural environment, cultivates a dynamic learning experience. Lunex University: Focusing on health sciences and sports management, Lunex University is a private institution that prepares students for careers in the thriving fields of health and wellness. With programs in Physiotherapy, Sport Science, and Sports Management, Lunex equips students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in these dynamic sectors. Sacred Heart University Luxembourg: A branch campus of the esteemed Sacred Heart University in the United States, Sacred Heart University Luxembourg brings American-accredited degrees to Luxembourg's doorstep. With a specialization in international business and finance, the university offers programs that embrace the globalized nature of the business world, preparing students for success in an interconnected society. Miami University: Miami University, in collaboration with the Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC), offers American students a unique opportunity to study in Luxembourg. Through immersive programs and courses, students gain a global perspective and firsthand experience of Luxembourg's rich cultural heritage while earning credits towards their degrees. Luxembourg School of Business: The Luxembourg School of Business (LSB) is a private institution that focuses on business education. With a commitment to experiential learning and entrepreneurship, LSB offers programs such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master's in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. These programs nurture students' business acumen and equip them with the skills to navigate the ever-evolving global marketplace. These universities are just a glimpse into the rich educational landscape of Luxembourg. Whether you aspire to delve into law, business, health sciences, or international studies, Luxembourg's universities cater to a diverse range of interests and career paths. Apart from the academic excellence offered by these institutions, Luxembourg's universities benefit from the country's strong commitment to cultural diversity, innovation, and global collaboration. Students from around the world find themselves in a nurturing environment that encourages cross-cultural exchange and provides ample opportunities for personal and professional growth. With their prime location in the heart of Europe, Luxembourg's universities also provide students with easy access to international travel, internships, and networking opportunities. Studying in Luxembourg opens doors to a wealth of experiences and connections that extend far beyond the classroom. So, whether you're drawn to the realms of law, business, health, or international studies, Luxembourg's universities offer a world of knowledge and opportunities. Immerse yourself in a vibrant and multicultural learning environment, unlock your potential, and embark on an educational journey that will shape your future.

Technology

Debunking AI Job Myths and Embracing New Opportunities

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a buzzword in recent years, often accompanied by concerns about its impact on jobs. However, it is important to address common misconceptions and understand the potential for AI to create new opportunities, enhance productivity, and augment human capabilities in the workplace. One of the biggest misconceptions is that AI will replace human workers entirely. While it's true that AI has the potential to automate certain tasks, it is unlikely to replace entire job roles. Instead, AI is more likely to complement human work, freeing up time for employees to focus on higher-value tasks that require creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. In fact, AI has the potential to create new job opportunities. As AI technology advances, there will be a growing demand for skilled professionals who can develop, implement, and maintain AI systems. These roles include AI engineers, data scientists, and AI ethicists who ensure responsible and ethical AI deployment. The future job market will require individuals who can work alongside AI systems, leveraging their capabilities to drive innovation and productivity. AI can also enhance productivity in the workplace. By automating repetitive and mundane tasks, AI enables employees to focus on more complex and strategic work. For example, AI-powered chatbots can handle customer inquiries, freeing up customer service representatives to address more complex issues. This increased productivity can lead to improved efficiency, higher job satisfaction, and better customer experiences. Furthermore, AI can augment human capabilities by providing valuable insights and decision support. AI algorithms can analyze vast amounts of data to identify patterns and trends, enabling employees to make more informed decisions. This collaboration between humans and AI can lead to better outcomes across various industries, such as healthcare, finance, and logistics. To ensure a smooth transition into the future of work with AI, reskilling and upskilling programs will play a crucial role. Employees should be provided with opportunities to acquire the necessary skills to work effectively alongside AI systems. This includes developing skills in data analysis, critical thinking, and problem-solving, which are essential for leveraging AI technologies. In conclusion, rather than fearing AI's impact on the job market, it is important to embrace the future of work with AI. While some tasks may be automated, AI has the potential to create new job opportunities, enhance productivity, and augment human capabilities. By understanding the potential of AI and investing in the necessary skills, individuals and businesses can adapt and thrive in an AI-driven world. The future of work is a collaboration between humans and AI, where both can leverage their strengths to drive innovation and success. 

Resources

Unveiling the Highlights!

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Luxembourg: Weekly Roundup

Planning my dream Europe trip in Summer 2023? Think again! This eye-opening article reveals why it could turn into a nightmare. Check it out! dailyo.in/amp/lifestyle/why-your-dream-europe-trip-in-summer-2023-is-quickly-turning-into-a-nightmare-40395 Germany and Luxembourg forge an agreement to increase cross-border teleworking days, revolutionizing work flexibility and fostering international collaboration. news.bloombergtax.com/payroll/germany-luxembourg-agree-to-more-cross-border-teleworking-days Discover the grandeur of Luxembourg Castle, a timeless masterpiece that embodies the nation's rich history and architectural elegance. edition.cnn.com/travel/article/most-beautiful-castles-world/index.html European Air Ambulance adds the state-of-the-art Airbus H145 D3 helicopter to their fleet. verticalmag.com/press-releases/european-air-ambulance-receives-first-airbus-h145-d3-helicopter-within-luxembourg-air-rescue-group An exciting breakthrough in medical science! Researchers have discovered a potential new treatment for Alzheimer's disease. bbc.com/news/health-66088110 Unveiling the hidden world within! bbc.com/future/article/20230704-the-mystery-of-microbes-that-live-inside-tumours If you’re wondering what it’s like to use the new Threads app? Find the difference between Twitter and Threads livemint.com/technology/threads-vs-twitter-what-s-the-difference-11688641927958.html Together, we can make a difference! Check out this inspiring story of Extinction Rebellion activists taking a stand for our planet. edition.cnn.com/2023/07/04/europe/extinction-rebellion-golf-course-spain-climate-intl/index.html Known as a Buck Moon, July's supermoon is appearing full for up to three days, according to Nasa. Find out the images from all around the world bbc.com/news/world-66091619 Embracing the Viking spirit in the remote Scottish archipelago. Discover the untamed beauty and rich history that captivated my heart. bbc.com/travel/article/20230706-the-viking-spirit-of-a-remote-scottish-archipelago Scotland celebrates the coronation of Charles, marking a new chapter in the royal legacy. A momentous occasion filled with grandeur and historical significance. edition.cnn.com/2023/07/05/europe/scotland-marks-coronation-charles-royals-gbr-intl/index.html Privacy breaches are now on the radar of German antitrust watchdog as the EU court grants them the authority to investigate Meta. economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/technology/german-antitrust-watchdog-can-add-privacy-breaches-to-meta-probe-eu-court-says/articleshow/101482749.cms?from=mdr Germany takes a significant step towards embracing its Jewish heritage with the opening of its biggest Jewish center. A positive move towards cultural inclusivity and harmony. edition.cnn.com/style/article/germany-biggest-jewish-center-intl-scli/index.html

Education

Celebrating Famous Creatures in History and Pop Culture

Throughout history and popular culture, certain animals have captured our collective imagination and left an indelible mark on society. Whether they were renowned for their heroic deeds, unforgettable performances, or unique characteristics, these famous animals have earned a special place in our hearts and memories. In this article, we will delve into the captivating stories of some of the most iconic animals in history and popular culture. Balto - The Canine Hero Balto, a Siberian Husky, gained worldwide fame for his courageous role in the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska. Braving treacherous blizzard conditions, Balto led a dogsled team to deliver a crucial antitoxin to combat a diphtheria outbreak. His unwavering determination and resilience saved countless lives, making him an enduring symbol of bravery and selflessness. Lassie - The Beloved Collie Lassie, the fictional Rough Collie from books, films, and television shows, touched the hearts of millions around the world. Known for her loyalty, intelligence, and ability to save the day, Lassie became a symbol of hope and inspiration. Through her adventures, she showcased the unbreakable bond between humans and their four-legged companions. Hachiko - The Faithful Dog Hachiko, an Akita dog from Japan, exemplified unwavering loyalty and devotion. Even after his owner's passing, Hachiko faithfully returned to the train station daily for nearly a decade, awaiting his return. This touching tale of dedication resonated deeply with people, and Hachiko's statue in Tokyo stands as a symbol of enduring loyalty. Harambe - The Controversial Gorilla Harambe, a Western lowland gorilla, gained international attention in 2016 when a child fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. While the incident sparked a contentious debate, Harambe's tragic fate generated immense empathy and raised awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation and responsible zoo practices. Mr. Ed - The Talking Horse Mr. Ed, a palomino horse, charmed audiences in the 1960s with his ability to "talk" on the television series bearing his name. His mischievous personality and witty conversations with his owner, Wilbur, brought laughter and delight to viewers, cementing his status as an unforgettable animal celebrity. Shamu - The Beloved Orca Shamu, the stage name for several performing orcas at SeaWorld, became an iconic figure in the world of marine entertainment. Through spectacular shows, Shamu showcased the intelligence and beauty of these majestic creatures, sparking both awe and controversy and igniting important discussions about the ethical treatment of marine animals.  Grumpy Cat - The Internet Sensation Grumpy Cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, became an internet sensation with her perpetually grumpy facial expression. Her unique appearance, caused by feline dwarfism, captured the attention of millions online, and her photos quickly went viral. Grumpy Cat's scowling face became a symbol of relatable grumpiness and spawned a multitude of memes and merchandise. Knut - The Polar Bear Cub Knut, a polar bear born in captivity at the Berlin Zoological Garden, captivated the world with his adorable antics and heartwarming story. Rejected by his mother, Knut was hand-raised by his dedicated caretakers, who became surrogate parents. His journey from a vulnerable cub to a beloved symbol of wildlife conservation touched the hearts of people worldwide, highlighting the importance of protecting endangered species and their habitats.  These animals, each with their unique qualities and stories, have left a lasting impact on popular culture and human sentiment. They remind us of the extraordinary connections we can form with animals and the power they have to bring joy, provoke thought, and invoke our compassion. 

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