The company that manages the airport, Luxairport, has just announced record figures for 2018: 4.04 million passengers passed through the airport, compared with 3.6 million in 2017. The most popular destination is Oporto.
The Legatum Institute in London has just ranked the Grand Duchy 12th in the world in its Prosperity Index. The Index measures the degree of prosperity of the countries, i.e. to what extent the countries implement policies in order to create opportunities for prosperity and combat poverty. The Grand Duchy also manages to reach the top end of the ranking in several categories, including health, economic quality, and personal freedoms.
Health technologies are gaining in importance in Luxembourg. This young sector of Luxembourg’s economy has been able to grow to 131 companies with the support of the government, for whom this sector is an important factor in the economic diversification of the country.
Which countries are the most successful at attracting and keeping talent? That is the question asked each year by the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), published by the INSEAD business school. And according to the GTCI, the Grand Duchy is very competitive: an overall 10th place confirms the Grand Duchy's attractiveness for national and foreign talent. Among the EU's member countries, the Grand Duchy occupies 6th place.
Luxembourg’s financial centre is building its reputation in Asia: Luxembourg for Finance’s recent financial mission to Hong Kong and Japan, led by Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna, has managed to woo Asian investors and confirm Luxembourg’s position as a bridgehead for the European market.
Early in 2019, fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times, published the latest edition of its study measuring the attractiveness of cities and regions for foreign investors. Luxembourg City is well positioned, ranking 3rd globally in the category of mid-sized and small cities.
Since 2014, the Chamber of Deputies (parliament) has offered the possibility of submitting petitions online. The tool has been a great success right from the start: more than 400 petitions have been opened for signature on the Chamber of Deputies' website, and the trend is upwards.
In the latest edition of the well-known KOF Globalisation Index produced by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), the Grand Duchy takes 17th place in the global ranking. The Index measures the level of the countries' globalisation in three categories: economic, social and political globalisation.
The checkmynet.lu app launched in April 2018 makes it possible to measure, free of charge, the quality of Internet access. The initial aim is to enable users to check whether their operator actually delivers the promised connection speed. Six months and 69,500 measurements on, the Luxembourg Regulatory Institute (ILR), which edits the app, has drawn up a mostly positive report.
16 Luxembourgish start-ups are taking part in the 2019 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, from 8th to 11th January 2019. For them, it represents an opportunity to introduce themselves to professionals in the field and attract prominent investors. And Luxembourg stands out: the Luxembourg Village, organised by the Chamber of Commerce and Luxfactory, covers an area of 100 m2, larger than the representations of Belgium and Japan.