News · August

Quality of life

Luxembourg City - the best city in Europe for ease of access

Design for all: Luxembourg City makes sure that people with specific needs are able to live there and visit the city in comfort

Whether it's for everyday living or while travelling, there are many ways of improving travel and access to buildings and tourist attractions for people with reduced mobility. Luxembourg City has understood how important this is, and recently earned the title of Europe's most accessible city.

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Environment

The IBLA wins the 2019 Bio-Agrar-Prize

Director Dr. Stéphanie Zimmer explains the opportunities and challenges of Luxembourg's organic agriculture sector

The Institute for Organic Agriculture and Agrarian Culture Luxembourg, IBLA, has won the 2019 Bio-Agrar-Prize. This is the second time that the IBLA has won this award, which is awarded annually to a person, organisation or company active in the organic farming sector. This sector is rapidly expanding in Luxembourg: Luxembourgers love organic and prefer buying local food. However, 'going organic' isn't easy and this prize has been designed to encourage those who take on a pioneering role in Luxembourg's organic sector.

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Quality of life

Cost of living – Luxembourg City still competitive

The Grand Duchy's capital is more affordable that its international competitors.

There's no doubt that living in the Grand Duchy's capital comes at a price. The company Mercer, a global leader in human resources consulting, publishes an annual report on the cost of living in more than 200 cities over five continents. In the 25th edition, published in 2019, the Grand Duchy has climbed 13 places up the scale, achieving 84th place worldwide. Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore are the places with the highest cost of living for expats.

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Festivals and traditions

The Schueberfouer is here!

From 23 August to 11 September, Luxembourg-City is all about its largest funfair.

This year, the Schueberfouer takes place from 23 August to 11 September on the Glacis, as always. Over 2 million visitors are going to want to visit this event, and they all come to enjoy the festive atmosphere of this national funfair, with its 190 attractions, its animation, its numerous culinary delights and not to forget its majestic ferris wheel. Starting this Friday, visitors can enjoy animations, rides, restaurants and other attractions for 20 days.

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Energy

Loads of energy in the Grand Duchy

The country is looking to solar power to green things up

In the energy sector, Luxembourg is following clear paths: a significant reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, with a particular focus on energy renovations of existing buildings and the promotion of renewable energies. An ambitious plan, since it includes considerable efforts, both on the technological side and on the side of the country's energy organisation. Efforts that are bearing fruit, as explained by the director of the myenergy agency, Gilbert Theato.

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Tourism

Luxembourg, a destination recommended by visitors

Visitors of Luxembourg give it a very high rating for holidays and business trips alike

Enticed by Luxembourg's nature, landscapes and ease of access, nine out of ten tourists unhesitatingly recommend the country as a favourite destination after their visit. Tourists particularly appreciate the fact that you can escape day-to-day routine and recharge your batteries, as well as the culinary offerings. For those on business trips, networking opportunities and Luxembourg City's atmosphere are the country's greatest assets. Here are some conclusions of the survey on tourists' experience, the results of which were presented in spring 2019.

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Festivals and traditions

Léiffrawëschdag (Assumption)

A folk tradition in the Grand-Duchy

Also known as "Léiffrakrautdag" or "Krautwëschdag", "Léiffrawëschdag" is a type of harvest festival, with origins going back to before the Christian era. Today, the festivities take place on Assumption Day. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Léiffrawëschdag in Greiveldange.

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Tourism

Virtual tourism - a 3D carriage ride in the Grand Duchy

Virtual reality now makes it possible to step back 150 years into the Grand Duchy's past

How about some time travel and a unique sensory experience? Immerse yourself in the Pfaffenthal of the year 1867 using augmented and virtual reality. These new technological applications enable you to sample virtual tourism and find out about the Grand Duchy's cultural heritage. Travel through time with our second selection of activities involving virtual tourism.

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Research and innovation

European Innovation Scoreboard: the Grand Duchy's research system excels

According to the European Commission's European Innovation Scoreboard 2019, the Grand Duchy is among the 'strong innovators'.

The Grand Duchy's efforts in terms of research and innovation are bearing fruit. On the 2019 European Innovation Scoreboard, which assesses the performance of countries in the field of innovation using 27 indicators, the Grand Duchy came 5th, with a score of 0.623 out of 1.

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Tourism

Virtual-reality tourism - a new way to experience museums

The Grand Duchy's museums are turning towards digital technology, offering 3D experiences and virtual visits of their collections

Would you like to know all about a museum's collections so that you can prepare your visit in advance? Maybe you aren't able to visit the Grand Duchy this year, but you'd like to dip into its history from a distance? In the Grand Duchy, new technological applications allow you to try virtual tourism in order to gain an understanding of the country's cultural heritage. Here's a first round-up of activities that will turn you into a professional virtual tourist: the museums.

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  • Updated 30-08-2019