Starting off living in Luxembourg usually consists off buying a house and finding a job. Luckily fine and thorough state institutions make both of this things exceptionally easy.
Buying a House
After a short-lived drop in 2012, Luxembourg’s property market is surging again, amidst a recovering economy. During 2013, the average selling price of houses soared by 10.32%. There are no restrictions on buying property in Luxembourg, if you can afford it. Many people who work in Luxembourg choose to buy their house (as well as ordinary shopping) in neighbouring France or Belgium where the prices are lower – although the travelling expenses may be quite high.
Note that the administrative language is usually French, although English is widely spoken, so make sure you understand everything before you sign anything. These are the steps usually taken in buying property in Luxembourg:(more…)
Luxembourgish, the national language, is similar to German. German is the first foreign language for most Luxembourgers and the media use German. French is the administrative language, and English is widely spoken and often the basic language of social life in Luxembourg.
Being a multicultural country, the children spend half their time learning languages. In primary school they first learn to read and write in German, in the second year French is added and becomes the dominant language in secondary education, and then Luxembourgish. So by the time the children are eight, they will be learning in all three official languages. If your children are young, they will pick these up easily. At secondary school they will also learn English.(more…)
Luxembourg enjoys an excellent healthcare system with a high standard of state-funded healthcare. You may also choose private healthcare. The Caisse de Maladie collects healthcare contributions, and all employed people pay into this. If you are not working you must prove that you have health insurance to obtain a residence permit. Those contributions also cover the pensions in Luxembourg.
When you see the healthcare professional you pay a fee, which is reimbursed, between 80 and 100%, usually, and for medicines, around 78%. Dentists may also be in the Caisse de Maladie. Emergency treatment in a neighbouring country may also be reimbursed at the same rate as in Luxembourg.(more…)
Luxembourg has a good public transport system, easy to use and accessible — the buses in the city are in multicoloured stripes, and the buses make an excellent alternative to driving in Luxembourg. The traffic is very heavy and many lane changes in the capital. You can reach almost anywhere in the country within an hour using trains and buses. Most buses pass the railway station.(more…)
963, the year Count Siegfried built a fortified castle on the Bock promontory. This became the heart of the city of Luxembourg. Mighty walls were added, and Burgundians, Spanish, French and Austrians all added to the core making this one of the strongest fortifications in the world. It included 23km of casements, which could shelter thousands of soldiers and their horses. There were workshops here, kitchens, infirmaries and slaughter houses. In the 19th century 90% of the fortifications were demolished, but to blow up the casements meant blowing up the city. So they sealed off the entrances, leaving 17km for you to explore. Some parts are steep, but you will have great views of the city from these hidden underground passages. Those are unique feature of the city and make relocating to Luxembourg that much more exciting.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was a founder member of the EU in 1952 and has been a member of the Schengen area since 1985. The capital city is Luxembourg and the currency is the euro. Note that the neighbouring district of the country of Belgium is also called Luxembourg.(more…)