% of foreign population in Luxembourg

The Luxembourg population is characterised on the one hand by a strong population growth, owing essentially to a positive entering migratory balance and on the other hand, by numerous foreigners among the residents.

The number of inhabitants in Luxembourg amounted to 314,900 people in 1961 with a proportion of 13.2% of foreigners. The country reached a population of 602.005 people on January 1st, 2018, among which 47.9% of foreigners.
The studies of STATEC, the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, even predicts in its late 2017 studies a population overtaking 1 million people in 2060!

Very much appreciated by expatriates who come there to find career opportunities and an excellent quality of life, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is one of the countries recognised as the safest ones in the world.

A small population with a good quality of life

With more than 602,000 inhabitants, Luxembourg is one of the smallest European countries.

Characterized by a high standard of living and increasing life expectancy, due to a significant social and family policy and a dynamic emplyment market with high incomes.

Luxembourg residents’s standard of living

The standard of living in Luxembourg is relatively high compared to other European countries in particular, and more particularly to neighboring countries. High wages, significant social benefits, the Grand Duchy attracts a population looking for a job, security and a good quality of life.

Certain budget headings such as accommodation can reach price levels comparable to those in London and Paris in certain districts, the remunerations are undoubtedly superior in Luxembourg than the European average, and more particularly than the other areas of the Greater Region.

See the cost of living of the Luxembourg residents

A multicultural society

Population and communities in Grand-Duchy of LuxembourgOne of the major characteristics of the Luxembourg population is the strong proportion of foreigners, since 170 different nationalities coexist in Luxembourg, of which 86% are European.

Communities that are the most present on the Luxembourg territory are:

For more information about Northern Europe communities. 

The Asian people represent nearly 12,928 people in Luxembourg, the African 9,049 people, the Americans 6,097 including 2,647 north-american people, Australian and Oceanian 223 people.

To know more about the foreign communities present in Luxembourg, consult the website of Just Arrived Ambassadors Club.

Spoken languages in Luxembourg

Considering the multiple origins of the inhabitants of Luxembourg, one is struck upon his arrival in the country by the diversity of the languages that are spoken.

However, 3 official languages exist in Luxembourg:

  • The national language, namely Luxembourgish, used upon the first year of school. It is also the language used in the daily interactions,
  • German, that is taught to the children entering primary school. It is the language of literacy and traditionally the one used in the press field,
  • French is traditionally taught to the children from the 2nd year of primary school, as an additional language to German. As from 2017/2018, French must be introduced beforehand, even from day nursery, through speaking.

Your children benefit from a language tutoring upon their entrance in the Luxembourg school system, which facilitates their integration.

Want to learn the Luxembourg reference languages? There is a very rich offer of language courses for adults.

The religious practice

According to a study published in 2011 by CEPS, the Luxembourg population is mainly of Christian religion (73%), among which more than 90% of Catholics. About 25% of the population claims no religion. The increasing Muslim religion is represented by 2% of the population, essentially stemming from ex-Yugoslavia.

To know the places of worship for the different religions, click here.

A very dynamic working population boosted by Europe

The Luxembourg labor market is a very active market because besides 254,000 Luxembourg resident workers, more than 180,000 border workers cross every day the French, Belgian and German borders in order to work in Luxembourg.

More and more international companies come to settle down in Luxembourg, such as Amazon, Ferrero, BGL BNPParibas, the big international audit firms… and thus attract senior executives.

Besides, the numerous European institutions present in Luxembourg can also explain partially this constant flow of population according to the movements of the EU officials.
The Court of Justice, the Tribunal of First Instance, the General Accounting Office, the European Investment Bank, the Secretarial Office of the European Parliament, and several departments of the European Commission are mainly situated in the district of Kirchberg. The Ecole Européenne I can also be found there.

Nowadays, almost 10,000 international EU officials are settled in Luxembourg and constitute about 5% of the resident working population.

The unemployment rate was of 5.8% of the working population at the end of 2017.

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