Moving to Luxembourg: Things to know before you immigrate to Luxembourg
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One of the smallest countries in Europe, in population and also geographically, moving to Luxembourg from the USA might seem like a huge change. But don’t let its size fool you – home to a thriving expat community and one of the strongest economies in Europe, it is no wonder more and more people are choosing to migrate to Luxembourg. As a Luxembourger, you will enjoy a high standard of living, low crime rate and beautiful surroundings, with over 30% of the country covered with forests. So, let us prepare you for your move to Luxembourg with some important things you should know.
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The cost of moving to Luxembourg
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Visa regulations for Luxembourg
For citizens of EU/EEA member countries and Switzerland – there are no visa requirements for Luxembourg. Those who intend on working in Luxembourg will not need a work permit.
However, you will be required to apply for Registration Attestation at your local municipality, and to prove you have enough means to be self-sufficient when you immigrate to Luxembourg.
For citizens of non-EU member countries – unless your country is exempt, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa at your nearest Luxembourg embassy allowing you to visit for up to 90 days. Countries which are exempt include USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc. For a full list of exemptions, please check the embassy’s website.
For citizens of non-EU member countries who are migrating to Luxembourg – you will need to apply for a work and residency permit.
Please check with the Luxembourg immigration website for a full list of conditions and requirements.
You will also need to register yourself with the local municipality within 3 days of moving to Luxembourg.
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Property in Luxembourg
Once you have decided to move to Luxembourg, you will need to find a place to live. The cost of renting is quite expensive compared to other European countries and can range from €1.300 – €2000 per month, for a single bedroom apartment in Luxembourg City.
For a family, a 3 bedroom apartment can range from €1.800 to €4000 depending on where in Luxembourg you choose to live.
Eurosender will help you move your entire household with low-cost international removals to Luxembourg! Whether you are moving from another European country, or from across the globe, we have a solution to suit any budget to alleviate some of the high cost of living in Luxembourg.
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LIVING IN LUXEMBOURG
The cost of living in Luxembourg
Although rental prices and general cost of moving to Luxembourg might seem very high compared to other European cities, it is important to remember that the quality of life in Luxembourg is exceptional, with the highest minimum wages in the world.
- Due to high rental prices, it might be a good idea to share an apartment with other expats, to save money when you first relocate to Luxembourg.
- Students are allowed to work up to 10 hours per week.
- Parking is difficult and expensive in Luxembourg, but don’t worry. They offer free public transport to reduce congestion and traffic.
- If you choose to eat out, it can be more expensive. A nice dinner for two in the expat area will cost around €80.
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The job market in Luxembourg
Due to the high standard of living, you will find the job market in Luxembourg very competitive. It is a good idea to know at least German or French, to increase your chances of finding employment as English-speaking jobs in Luxembourg are limited. Skilled migration to Luxembourg brings jobseekers from many nationalities, and it is an excellent idea to research jobs in local newspapers and online if you wish to start working in Luxembourg sooner.
Education in Luxembourg
The Luxembourg education system is compulsory from 4-16 years old. Elementary school in Luxembourg is called fundamental education which has four cycles from ages 4-11. Then, secondary school has two options: to prepare students for university, or technical school. The Luxembourg education system has both public and private school options. International schools in Luxembourg can also offer curriculums in French and English.
The University of Luxembourg is the only university, however, many foreign institutions also have branches there.
Healthcare in Luxembourg
Luxembourg offers compulsory healthcare insurance for its citizens for which half is deducted from your salary, the other half is paid by the employer.
You can also choose to supplement your healthcare in Luxembourg, however, the standard public insurance covers around 90% of services. For this reason, the healthcare system in Luxembourg is one of the highest standards in the world.
Driving in Luxembourg
Driving in Luxembourg can be expensive and difficult simply because most parking is paid. Due to the lack of parking options, Luxembourgers are encouraged to take FREE public transport. If you do choose to drive, there are no tolls in Luxembourg and they have a great network of motorways connecting to neighbouring countries.
Citizens from EU countries can use their local driver’s license when emigrating to Luxembourg, as long as it is valid.
Citizens from Non-EU countries can drive for up to one year with an international driver’s license, after which time you must exchange your license to a Luxembourgish license.
Parking in Luxembourg is limited as well as expensive. You will need to apply for a permit (vignette de Stationnement) if you wish to park in the city centre, and the price varies depending on how long you wish to park. A great alternative is the park and ride options allowing you to leave your car and take public transport into the city.
How to get a residential parking permit in Luxembourg: You must apply through your local municipality. You can apply for one free permit per year, with each additional permit costing around 60 (2nd permit) and 120 (third permit).
Each resident can apply for up to 3 visitor permits per year, and each permit can only be valid for a maximum of 3 months.
Registering your car in Luxembourg
If you choose to bring your car when you relocate to Luxembourg, you will have 6 months to register your car in your new home country. This is an easy process and you can begin the application online.
All cars must pass yearly vehicle inspection to be registered and insured.
Need to ship your car or motorcycle to Luxembourg? Eurosender can also arrange delivery of your vehicle. Ask us about transporting your car or motorbike when moving to Luxembourg, by requesting an individual-offer.
Luxembourg offers a great range of public transport options including trains, buses and trams which are now free. You also have Park and Ride options, if you prefer to drive part of the way.
What to expect when living in Luxembourg
Depending on where in the world you are moving from, when emigrating to Luxembourg, you can expect life may be a little different than your own. Here are some of the local customs you might notice when moving to Luxembourg.
- After you move to Luxembourg and meet locals for the first time, it is polite to greet them by shaking hands, and addressing them as Monsieur (male) or Madame (female), followed by their surname, until you get to know them better. Once you settle into life in Luxembourg and make closer connections, you can greet them with a kiss on the cheek three times and address them on a first-name basis.
- You will find the locals very welcoming to expats, and if you are invited to someone’s home, it is polite to bring a gift to your hosts, such as chocolates or flowers.
- Living in Luxembourg, you will notice they are famous for their wines and due to its borders with Belgium, Germany and France, you will find the cuisine is a nice combination of each. The heavy mix of expats in Luxembourg has also influenced a multicultural range of restaurants to choose from.
- Luxembourg’s two biggest holidays include the Duke’s Birthday and the dancing procession of Echternach.
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Moving to Luxembourg from the UK
Moving to Luxembourg from the UK, you will experience a vibrant continental European lifestyle with a strong British expat community to help you settle in. For the logistical side of things, trust Eurosender to transport your belongings to Luxembourg with our Dedicated Van Delivery. This is the lowest cost option if you want to bring your furniture with you, and this way you can save on the expenses once you get there as well.
Moving to Luxembourg from the USA
Moving to Luxembourg from the USA might seem like a world away, but you can settle into your new life easier when surrounded by reminders from home. This is why Eurosender’s standard or express shipping is a great idea if you just wish to send a few boxes of belongings and save on excess baggage fees, to go towards the other costs of living in Luxembourg.
Moving to Luxembourg from Nigeria
When deciding to migrate from Nigeria to Luxembourg, you might experience a bit of a culture shock, so it is always a great idea to bring some comforts from home. Luckily, Eurosender offers the best rates in international removals to Luxembourg, whether you wish to bring just a few boxes or your whole household. You can rest assured, they will arrive in the shortest time possible and in one piece.