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Here are 10 key points to know about living and integrating in Luxembourg.
Luxembourg is a multilingual country with many expats
Luxembourg is a multicultural, multilingual country. Nearly half the population is foreign. n Luxembourg, French and German are spoken fluently. Knowing one of these languages will greatly facilitate your expatriation and integration, particularly with the more local communities. If you wish, there are a number of structures available for language learning.
Luxembourg encourages the arrival of new expats
Financial services, industry, construction and new technologies offer numerous job opportunities. Would-be expatriates and the spouses of expatriates can find a new job quite easily. Every year, the country welcomes new expatriates attracted by the Luxembourg economy.
Luxembourg's healthcare system is of high quality
In Luxembourg, access to healthcare is easy. Health care is of high quality and generally well covered, thanks to compulsory social security contributions.
That's one less thing for new arrivals to worry about, as they can benefit from it quickly.
Luxembourg's transport network makes it easy to get around
Luxembourg's transport system is well developed. It's easy for new residents to get around, whether within the country or to neighboring countries, by car or public transport. New expatriates will easily find their feet and be able to move around with complete peace of mind.
An expatriation project must take into account the cost of living
All new expatriates must take into account a fairly high cost of living, particularly in terms of housing and services.
It's important to factor this into your budget when planning your expatriation to Luxembourg. Indeed, even if Luxembourg seems attractive at first glance, we mustn't forget the other side of the coin. More and more Luxembourgers are moving across the border to regain their financial equilibrium.
A work culture focused on efficiency and respect
In Luxembourg, the culture is based on punctuality, efficiency and respect for schedules. There's no quarter-hour courtesy when you're invited. If you have a business appointment, be on time for it. To facilitate your integration as a new worker , it's also important to exercise discretion and respect the hierarchy at work.
Traditions to ease expat integration
Luxembourg has a rich cultural history and is very attached to its traditions. Numerous festivals and events offer great opportunities for expatriates to discover Luxembourg culture and traditions. Throughout the year, expatriate families can easily go out and take part in local events. Their integration into their new country will be all the more successful.
An inclusive education system for newcomers
According to the latest PISA study (2018), Luxembourg scores below the OECD average in all three skill areas assessed. It has to be said that Luxembourg's peculiarities don't make it easy to achieve good results. Indeed, Luxembourg is the OECD country with the highest number of immigrant pupils, with a mother tongue different from those studied in the Luxembourg school setting.
Nevertheless, Luxembourg's education system is of the highest quality. The school system is largely adapted to Luxembourg's multicultural population and its many expatriates. Education is multilingual, with a strong emphasis on foreign languages. Newcomer pupils are catered for by a special system designed to facilitate the integration of Luxembourg's many expatriates.
Residence and work permits
If you're planning to move to and/or work in Luxembourg, it's important to understand the requirements for expatriate visas and work permits. Find out about the necessary administrative procedures before you arrive as an expatriate. You'll save yourself a lot of administrative headaches on arrival.
Successful expatriation requires expatriate involvement
Luxembourg offers a wide variety of social and cultural activities. There are many restaurants with a variety of cuisines, bars, museums, traditional events, green spaces, etc. Nevertheless, it's worth getting involved in community and extra-community activities to increase your chances of meeting people and integrating more easily into local life.
By consulting our pages, you can find out more about the specifics and details concerning each of these points to facilitate your integration and make a success of your expatriation project in Luxembourg.
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