The 'Printemps Musical' music festival will start on Friday, 24 February with a concert by one of the best blues and jazz voices. B.J. Scott will be presenting "Satin Dolls" at 8 p.m. at Neimënster (Salle Robert Krieps), featuring lesser-known gems of blues and jazz and her exceptional voice.
According to a study published recently by the American company Inrix, drivers in Luxembourg City spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016. This result puts Luxembourg City in 134th place. Esch-sur-Alzette, another town in the Grand Duchy included in the study, fares better, with just 21 hours spent stuck in traffic jams. It ranks 350th on the list.
Fuesgecken (carnival revellers) take advantage of this crazy time of year to dress up, party, and eat all sorts of carnival treats. Throughout February and March, particularly on Fuessonnden (carnival Sunday) and Fuesméinden (carnival Monday), various Luxembourgish associations organise a host of festive events throughout the country.
The American 'Heritage Foundation', in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, has published the 23rd edition of the 'Index of Economic Freedom'. Luxembourg comes in 14th place in this ranking which compares the degree of economic freedom in 180 countries.
This is Jean and Marie, and their two children, Lis and Theo - STATEC's model family. They need 3,935 euros per month, according to a benchmark budget - this corresponds to the net amount they need to be able to live decently in the Grand Duchy. At least that's the conclusion reached by STATEC, the national institute of statistics, in a recently published study giving details of what this model household needs financially to be able to take an active part in society in the Grand Duchy.
STATEC's recent study of the cultural and social habits of the Grand Duchy's inhabitants reveals that the cinema, live performances, and visits to cultural sites attract nearly 60% of the total population. It also shows that participation in cultural activities decreases with age.
In a country, digital technologies create new markets and business opportunities. The major challenge consists of making sure that these opportunities are seized by industrial companies and services so that digitalisation can become a job-creating lever for growth in the country.
The international Berlin festival returns for its 67th edition form 9 to 19 February. The eclectic programme includes 3 Luxembourg co-productions from three different studios: Red Lion, Samsa Film and Melusine Productions.
Every year, the Safer Internet Campaign seeks to raise the internet users' awareness to problems linked to digital communication. Under the motto 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet', the 2017 edition of the Safer Internet Day takes place on Tuesday, 7 February in Luxembourg as well as in over 100 other countries.
The event is the latest buzz in the agri-foodstuffs sector - the Food Summit is to be held in Luxembourg City on Tuesday, 7 February 2017. It will be attended by 300 professionals from the food ecosystem, all with the same aim: bringing the players together and getting them involved, so as to promote local stakeholders and good practices in the sector.
On 1 February, the Sports Minister, Romain Schneider, the Secretary of State for the Economy, Francine Closener, and the mayor of Mondorf-les-Bains, Lex Delles, presented the route of the 2017 Tour de France through Luxembourg, on 3 and 4 July.
A study on the structure of salaries, conducted on a sample of some 2,000 companies and of over 20,000 employees in the country has revealed that young women between the ages of 25 and 34 (representing 43% of the workforce in this age group) are better paid than men of the same age.
According to the Xpatulator study, the Grand Duchy is one of the most expensive countries in the world in terms of cost of living for expats. In the latest edition, published in January 2017, the Grand Duchy has risen to 43rd place, from 47th place in April 2016. Its neighbours are further down the list: 56th place for Belgium, 67th place for Germany, 80th place for the Netherlands, and 83rd place for France.
In 2016, nearly every household in Luxembourg had access to the Internet (97%). The few "off-line" households either don't have any use for the Internet or are connected elsewhere. They are mostly homes without children or teenagers. 95% of the users log-on on a daily basis for the greater part via their Smartphone.
The National Credit and Investment Institution (Société nationale de crédit et d’investissement, SNCI) continues to serve as a public-law banking establishment. The SNCI, which specialises in medium- and long-term financing for businesses established in the Grand Duchy, has gradually increased its investments, from 22.1 million euros in 2014, to 100.6 million euros in 2015, and now to 177 million euros in the last financial year.