If you are thinking of working and living in Luxembourg and you wonder what the quality of life is like here…watch the testimonial below about expatriates that have chosen to call Luxembourg their home.
One of the world’s smallest countries and one of its wealthiest. An ultra-modern global financial capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The world’s only Grand Duchy and an international paragon of political stability and personal safety.
Graced by stunning, modern architecture literally a stone’s throw from medieval castles and graceful ruins, Luxembourg’s reputation as a fairy tale land is rooted in more than 1,000 years of history – yet its 21st-century quality of life is legendary and well-deserved.
Idle boasts? Consider that Luxembourg ranks at or near the top of the Better Life Index, (OECD), the Best Quality of Life Worldwide Survey (ECA), the Global Innovation Survey (Insead), and the Global Competitiveness Index (IMD), among others.
Small wonder - some 45% of its residents are expatriates attracted from all over the world, delighted to discover a gem almost hidden in the heart of the continent.
In virtually every aspect of contemporary life, Luxembourg leads. Healthcare? Affordable and high quality. Transportation? A soaring, world-class airport with easy connections throughout Europe and the world (London: 45 minutes by jet), a well-developed rail system (Paris: 2 hours, 10 minutes by bullet train), an urban bus system and bike paths that let you leave your car at home, and an upcoming tram in the capital. Education? Schools that bring the highest international standards to their curriculum for children of all ages - and send their graduates off to the world’s best universities.
In a country whose inhabitants work hard on a global scale, there’s plenty of local play. From the rocky outcrops of its “Little Switzerland” and rolling Moselle valley vineyards, with hundreds of trails for hiking and biking, to first-class gyms, sports facilities and children’s parks - staying fit and enjoying the outdoors is a popular pastime for all seasons.
With neighbours France, Germany and Belgium on its three borders, weekend (and longer) tourism is a constant temptation (not to mention easy and fast access to all of Europe for holiday getaways).
It all adds up to this common refrain among the world of Luxembourg expatriates: “I came with my family for two years. That was 15 years ago…”
Culture in Luxembourg
A great place to live means much more than statistics – clean air, green spaces, easy travel at home and abroad, good schools, congenial and multinational friends, safe parks, and rich cultural life, all number among expatriates’ understandable demands.
With nearly half the country’s 537,000 residents coming from elsewhere – there are more than 100 nationalities - Luxembourg is one of the world’s premier melting pots, a rich blend of languages, cultures, traditions and histories. Officially, the country works in three languages, Luxembourgish, French and German. Unofficially, most people speak English as well.
Arriving to Luxembourg by plane, train or automobile and the impression is immediate: stunning forests and emerald countryside and farmland, charming historical plazas in medieval towns, and the capital city’s centre, split in half by the plunging, green Grund valley and park. Within walking distance are architectural masterpieces like the Museum of Modern Art, designed by I.M. Pei, and the Philharmonic Hall, literally across the road from the spectacular towers and headquarters of various European Union institutions.
Luxembourg ranks among Europe’s top two for residents’ satisfaction – the fast pace of modern life and dynamic business activity has not eclipsed European loyalty to bon vivant tradition. Luxembourg’s residents are spoiled with choices of restaurants, pubs, cafés, specialty food stores and clubs. The country’s own first-rate wines, almost all consumed domestically, are among the wine world’s best-kept secrets.
Along with the conversations in all languages at cafés, children’s parks, plazas restaurants, stores, offices and theatres, it all adds to an infectious cosmopolitan feeling.
Lovers of the arts will not be disappointed. The world’s best musicians, bands, rock groups, jazz artists, classical soloists and symphony orchestras routinely include Luxembourg on their concert schedule. Add the country’s multiple festivals, many of them steeped in centuries of tradition, and the cliché “something for everyone” holds true.
In short, a quintessentially multicultural, multilingual, diverse cultural centre, Luxembourg is a European microcosm packed into a small, exceptional place.
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