On 27 June, the Minister of Sport, Romain Schneider, and the Secretary of State for the Economy, Francine Closener, presented the events and embellishments on site in the municipalities that have been organised on the run-up towards the passage of the Tour de France 2017.
Using more than 250 items found in Luxembourg City, the new exhibition at the National Museum of History and Art (musée national d'Histoire et d'Art, MNHA) traces the city's urban development, from the Middle Ages to modern times (end of the 15th century). The opening of this new section of the museum, the fruit of thirty years of urban archaeology and a hundred or so archaeological digs, marks the end of the MNHA's architectural refurbishment.
On 26 June 2017, the government announced the creation of a joint initiative between the government and a group of private actors. This initiative, known as the Climate Finance Accelerator, joins the three initiatives already implemented by the government to harness the expertise of the Luxembourg finance sector in the fight against climate change. The ultimate aim is to establish Luxembourg as a leader in the field of green finance.
The European Innovation Scoreboard is published each year in order to compare the level of innovation of the different countries in the European Union. In 2017, the Grand Duchy is considered a 'strong innovator', and ranks 8th, above the European average.
Wiltz is proud to unveil the 65th edition of its famous cultural festival. From the end of June to the end of July, the town will be hosting an eclectic mix of dance, music, theatre and circus productions. The festival, which lasts nearly four weeks, features ten great events, starting with a chance to (re)discover the artist Agnes Obel on Wednesday 28 June at 9pm.
The Bio-Agrar-Präis is intended as a reward for a farm, a project or a business for its merits in terms of organic farming. The prize, which is worth 4,000 euros, is divided into two new categories: the jury award and the people's choice award. The call for entries was launched in April 2017, and closed on 15 May. Eight entries were submitted to the jury.
The Eurostat indicator for actual individual consumption (AIC) confirms that Luxembourg is way out in front in the European ranking. The level of actual individual consumption per capita in the small country at the centre of the European Union (EU) stands at 132% of the EU average.
Luxembourg's National Day will be celebrated on 23 June 2017. As every year, tens of thousands of Luxemburgers, foreign residents, cross-border workers and tourists gather in the towns and villages of Luxembourg to celebrate the anniversary of HRH the Grand Duke.
With 48% of foreigners of nearly 170 different nationalities, the Grand Duchy has the highest ratio of foreigners in its population of all the countries in the OECD. 80% of foreign residents where born elsewhere and emigrated to the Grand Duchy. This evolution confirms the Grand Duchy's economic dynamism and its attractive quality of life. On the basis of the 2011 census, the STATEC study aims to describe the place of residence of the main nationalities present in the Grand Duchy, and to point to the differences that exist.
The 52nd edition of the International Paris Air Show(salon international de l'aéronautique et de l'espace, Siae), an event which dates back to 1909, will be taking place at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre from 19 to 25 June. More than 350,000 visitors are expected at this leading trade show for the aeronautical and aerospace industry.
Every year, the start of summer coincides with the launch of the Summer in the City festival. Organised by the LCTO (Luxembourg City Tourist Office), this year's festivities will take place from 21 June to 7 September. The programme includes concerts, music festivals, street entertainment, open-air screenings, markets, festivals, exhibitions and popular events. A host of activities for young and old alike will get Luxembourg City – and the surrounding area – buzzing for the next three months.
La Fête de la Musique fera son retour au Luxembourg le vendredi 16 juin 2017. A cette occasion, plus de 4.000 jeunes musiciens et artistes confirmés rythment les rues à travers le pays pour honorer la 16e édition de cet événement populaire qui va durer jusqu’au 21 juin. Avec plus de 250 concerts de rues et de spectacles sonores en plein air gratuits, cette grande manifestation est devenue le plus grand événement culturel au Grand-Duché.
Since it was launched in Luxembourg, Ironman 70.3 has become extremely popular. Thousands of athletes are eager to take part each year. This 5th edition, which takes place on 16 to 18 June, includes a triathlon and two new races (Irongirl and Ironkids) which promise a great experience.
The Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), a public research organisation dedicated to the biomedical sector, has just published its annual report for 2016. The LIH plays an active role in biomedical research in Luxembourg, and has 350 staff, including some 200 researchers, at its six locations across the country.
Over 5 days, from 14 to 18 June 2017, all the key players of Luxembourg's wine industry invite you to the Hall Victor Hugo in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg for a pleasant time. Expovin – Food and Wine Festival 2017, founded by Luxembourg's wine producers and importers, is to be considered as the first national fair entirely focused on wine, beer, beverages and food made in Luxembourg.
The world's most expensive places for expats to live are not always the ones you think. Although there is a tendency to say that London and New York are the most expensive cities in the world, it's not true. The cost of living in a developing country can in fact be higher.
The Grand Duchy is European robot football champion. From 5 to 7 May 2017, the Grand Duchy's Luxembourg United team competed at the RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg (Germany); winning the Challenge Shield qualifies the team to take part in the world cup competition in Japan.
The judging panel for the Lëtzebuerger Danzpräis has awarded this year's prize to Luxembourg dancer and choreographer Simone Mousset, "in recognition of the talent of a bold young choreographer whose unique artistic approach portrays a sincere, original message. The panel would like to congratulate the winner and encourage her to continue on this path."
After a successful run last year, the TalentLAB opens its gates once more to the second edition of this event dedicated to showcasing emerging artistic talents. This 10 day long laboratory allows young talents to develop their projects with the help of experts from the creative sector.
Although Echternach is small in terms of size, it is a major cultural centre in the Grand Duchy. The town has two places with an exceptional acoustic - the Trifolion and the basilica of the former abbey - that seem to be predestined to serve as venues for all kinds of concerts: the festival programme ranges from Baroque music through classical music to jazz.
Luxembourg is the second most inclusive economy in the world. This was revealed by the Inclusive Development Index, a new index developed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) which assesses growth on the one hand and well-being on the other.
For three years now, the Cellule emploi-travail (Employment and Work Unit) of the Inspection générale de la sécurité sociale (General Inspectorate of Social Security, IGSS) has published a scoreboard on recruitments and contract terminations (in other words the labour flow) in Luxembourg.
The 2017 edition of the World Competitiveness Yearbook, produced by Switzerland's International Institute for Management Development, analyses the competitiveness of 63 countries, using 260 different criteria. The criteria are grouped in four categories: economic performance, effectiveness of public authorities, business environment, and infrastructures.
The National Research Fund (FNR) has just presented its 2016 report. According to the FNR's managers, it was a positive year that has seen fruitful international cooperations and the launch of several large-scale projects. Through its activities, the FNR pursues its mission of implementing a sustainable research system with an international reputation that will have significant consequences for society and in the strategic economic sectors for Luxembourg.