On 7 September 2017, Luxembourg joined 20 other European countries in the ELIXIR (European Life Sciences Infrastructure for Biological Information) network, a network in which life science research data are shared and made available on the Internet in the long term.
From 22 September, the new Fiederwäissen (unfermented wine) will be available in the shops. The first bottles of this traditional speciality are generally sold around ten days after the start of the grape harvest in the vineyards of the Moselle. This typical Luxembourg delicacy is a fruity and slightly acidic wine which, thanks to its short fermentation period, has a unique flavour that offers a first taste of the next vintage.
The 26 September, is the European Day of Languages, dedicated to language diversity in Luxembourg. And Luxembourgish, spoken by 323,557 people in the Grand Duchy (2011 general population census), is part of those languages. Let's use the opportunity to shed some light on this language which is the first language of 55.8% of local residents.
In September, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published the latest edition of "Education at a Glance". This report, which assesses the education and training systems in OECD countries on the basis of several indicators, places Luxembourg first for gender wage equality and in the leading group for the share of 25 to 34-year-olds with a tertiary degree.
Heritage Days open up a number of heritage gems that are often not open to the general public, from 22 September to 8 October 2017. This year's edition, focusing on houses and people ('Haiser a Leit') not only tells the stories of the Grand Duchy's built heritage. It is more about the people that built them, shaping them and steeping them in their stories - and even their legends.
If you're looking for a better quality of life, less pollution, more space, silence, tranquillity and a sense of security, you're best off heading to Western Europe. Those are the findings of a study by the company Zipjet, which has recently "examined the overall mental health" of 150 cities around the world on the basis of the main factors associated with stress, including urban aspects, pollution, finance and personal well-being.
The S&P rating reflects the favourable momentum of the Luxembourg economy, with growth estimated at 3.4% for the period from 2017 to 2020. This positive trend can be explained by a recovery in consumption as a result of the implementation of the tax reform in 2017, as well as sustained growth in financial services.
Luxembourgish classes are very popular at the moment. For the 2016/2017 academic year, 3,814 people were enrolled at the INL for classes in the Luxembourgish language. Whereas in 2009 there were 'only' 1,900, 2,600 in 2012, and 3,500 in 2016. The INL is offering 114 courses in Luxembourgish this year, compared with 88 last year.
A total of 33 new projects are planned under the 11th five-year sports facilities programme, which has been allocated a total budget of €120 million – 20% more than the previous five-year programme.
On 13 September 2017, a new campaign to promote photovoltaic energy was presented. The campaign aims to raise awareness among households and companies about the importance of photovoltaic energy in Luxembourg, by encouraging them to opt for photovoltaic as a renewable energy source.
From 16 to 22 September a large number of municipalities are organising activities focused on mobility. This year’s theme focuses on the concept of sharing. The slogan chosen in Luxembourg is “Zesumme mobil. Besser virukommen.” (Mobile together. Better progress.)
Between 13 and 17 September, the finest European table tennis players will meet at the National Sports and Cultural Centre 'D'Coque'' in Kirchberg for the LIEBHERR 2017 ITTF European Table Tennis Championships. 42 male teams, totaling 172 athletes, and 38 female teams totaling 148 athletes participate in the European Table Tennis Championships team events.
With the arrival of the Luxembourg Space Tech Angels, the Luxembourg Business Angels Network (LBAN) now has a specialist group for creating links among investors and entrepreneurs in the field of SpaceTech. For LBAN, the purpose of this is clear: to support the Government's Space Resources initiative, which seeks to create a real space industry in the Grand Duchy.
Guided tours of the Grand Ducal Palace have attracted 10,617 people this summer between July and September. While this figure remains stable compared to 2016, the casemates, underground galleries dating back to the fortress, continue to appeal to visitors.
On 11 September, the grape harvest officially began in Luxembourg – an exceptionally early date, because it normally starts towards the end of the month. However, the vines have suffered due to drastic weather changes this year. As a result, the remaining grapes have ripened much faster than usual meaning that the quantity is slightly lower than usual but the quality is second to none.
This weekend the city of Grevenmacher is in the centre of one of the biggest festivals along the Moselle. For the 68th Maacher Drauwen- a Wäifest (grape and wine festival) this 8, 9 and 10 September 2017, thousands of revelers will head to Grevenmacher to celebrate the 2017 wine harvest with the enthronement of the Wine-Queen 2017, a magnificent parade and wine for everybody of course.
In the 2018 edition of the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Ranking, the University of Luxembourg ranks 179th worldwide. The University has featured among the world’s top 200 universities ever since it joined the league table in 2016, coming 178th last year and 193rd the year before.
The Luxembourg sector of mutual funds is definitely on the move. Thus, the Financial Sector Supervisory Commission (Commission de surveillance du secteur financier, CSSF) notes that as of 31 July 2017, the net assets of mutual funds were at 3,957 billion euros, an increase of 9.84% in one year and an absolute record. These assets are managed by 4,133 mutual funds, versus 4,170 in July 2016, which represents a slight decrease.