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Tips and tricks for renting a flat in Luxembourg

Luxembourg is notoriously expensive for renters. Why? The country is small and there are not so many houses to go around, which makes the demand for housing very high. Plus, Luxembourg attracts a continuous influx of people from overseas. Almost 50% of Luxembourg’s population comes from abroad, attracted by jobs in tech, finance, justice, and politics. Luxembourg is home to European Institutions, tech giants, such as Amazon, is one of the financial hubs of Europe, and hosts NATO offices. They provide employment opportunities and attract professionals from overseas to the Grand Duchy. When you prepare your move to Luxembourg, you have to take into account that renting prices are quite steep. In 2020, the average monthly rent for an apartment in Luxembourg City was 1,585 € and around 4000 € for a house. Given the scarcity of housing and the high prices, people relocating to Luxembourg are faced with the difficult task of finding a home. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to find and rent a flat in Luxembourg City. How to find an apartment for rent in Luxembourg City In Luxembourg, most landlords rent out their property via estate agents. If you find your apartment through an estate agent, you will have to pay a commission for their services that usually amounts to a month’s rent plus VAT. You can start by checking out rental agency websites, property portals, or expat Facebook groups. If you move to Luxembourg for your job, your company might arrange for a corporate serviced apartment in Luxembourg City. Or you can use the services of a relocation agency that can arrange for your accommodation, help with the bureaucracy involved by settling in another country, and even help you find a school for your kids. The Tenancy Agreement If you find an apartment that suits your needs, the next step is to sign the tenancy agreement (contrat de bail à loyer/ mietvertrag). Bear in mind that the contract will be in one of the official languages of Luxembourg: French, German, Luxembourgish. Make sure that you understand the terms of the contract and get a translator if needed. In Luxembourg, tenancy agreements for long-term rentals are for 1 to 3 years. You will need to pay a deposit that amounts to 1 to 3 months of rent, depending on the apartment, if it’s unfurnished or furnished. Most landlords will compile an inventory of the apartment that records its condition at the beginning of the tenancy. You will need to sign it and this will be used to settle any deductions for damages from your deposit. By law, the landlord is required to provide you with the energy performance certificate of the accommodation you are renting. Throughout the tenancy, the tenant will pay for utilities, maintenance, and common expenses if the flat is situated in a shared building. The tenant is also required to get home insurance. You should also be aware of the so-called ‘Painting Clause’ that implies that you will have to completely repaint the flat if you leave it before 3 years. Most landlords tend to add this clause by default and it could become expensive for you. If at all possible, insist on having the so-called ‘Diplomatic Clause’ added to your tenancy agreement. This will allow you to end the agreement before the end of the lease, but only if you need to leave Luxembourg for work. You also need to remember that, different from other countries, Luxembourg lease agreements are automatically renewed for at least 1 full year after the lease term unless stated otherwise. The short-term apartment  solution Given the challenge of finding a long-term rental that suits your needs, you might opt for temporary housing in Luxembourg, particularly for the first months following your move. Getting a short-term let will give you the respite to look for your long-term home in Luxembourg at ease.  The options vary from getting a room in a shared flat to renting a high-end corporate serviced apartment. These apartments come furnished and, in the latter case, with 24/7 on-call guest service and weekly housekeeping. The short-term let solution is particularly suitable for people who are relocated by their companies for work, who need to find accommodation quickly and be able to start at their new job as soon as possible. These are some of your renting options upon relocation to Luxembourg. If you opt for a short-term let, you might want to consider the services of a corporate housing provider operating in Luxembourg. With your temporary accommodation taken care of, you will be able to get to know that city and choose the area and the house that suits you best.

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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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Featured Story - Verena Miller (NextStop Luxembourg)

We are kicking-off the Featured Story Series (FSS) in your Luxembourg Expats Network. Our first conversation is with Verena Miller, Founder of NextStop Luxembourg. Here we begin... We are delighted to have you with us in FSS. FSS' ambition is to highlight the journey of our community members and create interesting conversations among our community and beyond. Welcome once again, let's get started :) A quick introduction about yourself: Hello, I’m Verena, born and raised in the North of Germany. What brings you to Luxembourg, and how has life in Luxembourg been? After being in the airline and hospitality industry for a decade, travelling to over 50 countries all around the world, living in different places in the UK as well as all over Germany, I relocated in 2018 to the heart of Europe - Luxembourg. This is where I live with my American husband and 1.5 year old son and call home. How did you get started with your entrepreneurial journey? Originally we came, like many other expats, for a job offer. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t know much about the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg at all, I’ve never even been here before. The start of my Luxembourg journey was a bit rough, I faced many challenges. I tried to figure out the language system, citizen & car registration, different rules, geography, housing policies so on and so forth and it took some time but it all worked out after all and it’s been an adventurous and fun ride that always seems to have a surprise for me. My entrepreneurial journey started some years ago. I offered nutrition & mindset online coaching and enjoyed it a lot. Teaching how to change people’s life is so powerful and rewarding. At some point though, I realized my purpose lies in going out into the world and making a difference for other people. From many other expats as well as my own experience I knew how tough it can be to move to a new country, you might have never been to. Establishing a life in a country that’s so unique but also very foreign. Hoping to find a nice apartment or house to live in after arriving here immediately can be very disappointing. Attending appointments left and right and trying to figure out everything by yourself is not only stressful but also time consuming. Having someone who takes care of all of this, the whole package, no question unanswered makes one’s process much easier. What business services do you offer iand who should reach you? In cooperation with real estate agents, local companies and a small team of professionals, I strive to expedite and simplify your move to Luxembourg as smoothly as possible. Individuals and also businesses can depend on receiving a very personal and reliable service, with the individual but also family requirements being met. Next Stop Luxembourg will be there to assist you before, during and after your move, ensuring that you are well-settled in your new Luxembourg home. What hobbies / interests keep you busy outside of work? Nutrition & Cooking, Yoga, Nature, Events A favourite spot in Luxembourg? Petrusse Valley Top 3 Recommendations for new-comer? 1. Cafe Knopes for the most tasty Latte Macchiato in town, 2. Bambesch near Rollingergrund has beautiful hiking trails, 3. Merl Park ‘Pavillion’ for a summer sun-downer at the pond - (I recommend to book a table online) A favourite quote? Energy flows where intention goes It's great to speak with you Verena. We wish you a lot of success with NextStop Luxembourg and we are sure our community members will be inspired by your journey. Learn more about NextStop Luxembuorg luxembourgexpats.lu/business-listings/relocation/1100001030 nextstopluxembourg.com If you have an interesting story to be featured,  send us an expression of interest to team@luxexpats.lu.

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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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Thinking reasonable

What's reasonable thinking and why are we writing about it today. In the world that's on a standstill caused by the pandemic, people are understandably dismayed, angry, upset, dejected and quite frankly enduring enormous amount of pain. Coupled with a lack of world leaders to drive people to the centre to think, it is important people start to think some basic funds and drive their own thinking to be reasonable.What's happening today in the world is, world economy is declining, environmental and social challenges that have been cast under the carpet have come to the fore, may it be George Floyd's untimely death caused protests or the widening income-gap between the rich and the poor. China is rising and USA is in a self-inflected decline, while Europe is reassessing its role in the world order. To put it bluntly, we as people are unable to agree how we deal with the pandemic caused by a virus that threaten our very lives. The point being, these issues are not going to disappear tomorrow. These are century defining issues, and one could even claim, topics that would even define humanity. That brings us to the topic of this write-up: Thinking reasonable.Thinking reasonable means, giving up and gaining at the same time. First off, let's start with agreeing on the basics: - Every human has the same right on our planet. - Every human should have access to basics: health, food and shelter.- Destruction of our planet should be stopped and reversed. Humanity has no other home.- Humans deserve respect, dignity and freedom. While most of us would agree with these basic tenets, it is in its implementation we falter. If history is the only guide, we can rely on, we will not succeed to achieve these utopian ideals. Power, destruction, wealth, hunger, and ambition are as much part of humanity, as air and water are to human life. Given this, we can reasonably think that we cannot solve all these issues now, in the middle of the pandemic, and we need to collectively and reasonably think on how we can contain the pandemic. This is a pre-requisite to even think about addressing other survival issues affecting our lives. There are some things every individual can reasonably think and do.Wear a mask.Maintain distance.Help when and where you can. Your safety first.Work towards, if you can. Else wish or pray for a vaccine.Fundamentally rethink how the world economy can be opened up.How do we address mental issues.

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