Things you should know before you immigrate to Luxembourg

Moving to Luxembourg: Things you should know before you immigrate to Luxembourg

Home to thousands of immigrants, Luxembourg has the status of an international paradise. With its diverse population, its three official languages and the numerous multinationals present, Luxembourg has everything to make it a hotspot for expatriates. But these are only a few things out of many that this tiny Grand Duchy has to offer to the world. Immigrating to Luxembourg is not the easiest option but with the right guidance, it is a viable variant. So join us when we explore all the details that moving to Luxembourg involve and get acquainted with everything that is connected to life in Luxembourg.



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Moving to Luxembourg from the USA is like stepping into another world. With Luxembourg being a tad bit smaller than Rhode Island in the USA, it might feel more like a small town than a country. But don’t let the size of Luxembourg fool you. With its long history and strong economy, Luxembourg has long been one of the most stable countries in Europe. And even though it might be small, it is quite green with more than 30% of its territory covered with forests. Another plus of this tiny nation is that the salaries are high and that there is a thriving expat community. Therefore, you will easily blend in and enjoy the high quality of life in Luxembourg. When you have already decided to take the big step, contact us now to find out how Eurosender can help you relocate all your belongings. We know how to transport your belongings to Luxembourg!

Before you rush over to Luxembourg to start your new life, you should be aware of what Luxembourg is all about. In the table below you can find all the basic facts in the blink of an eye.

CapitalLuxembourg City, which has 116.000 inhabitants.
TimezoneThere is 1 time zone in Luxembourg: UTC+1.
CurrencyEuro (€)
PopulationLuxembourg has a population of 602.000 people.
How do you call someone from Canada?Luxembourger, Luxembourgish.
Official languageThere are 3 official languages in Luxembourg: Luxembourgish, French, and German.
International dialing code+352
Emergency number112
DrivingOn the right side
TippingIn restaurants, a 15% tip is added to the bill which is obligatory to pay. You may add a little extra for good service. It is also common to give a tip to the taxi driver, cleaners, hairdressers, etc, for good service.
Unusual factBesides Luxembourg, there isn’t any other Grand Duchy in the world.

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Living in Luxembourg

When you relocate to Luxembourg you will experience a big change in your life. Besides getting used to living in a trilingual country, there is lots of other stuff that is different from your native country. Even though Luxembourg is a tiny nation, it has lots of traditions. Let’s have a look at some of the things that surprised other expats.

  • You only talk to family and friends on a first-name basis. When talking to others you will have to use a more polite variant: Monsieur plus family name, when talking to a male, or Madame plus family name, when talking to a female.
  • Luxembourg has the lowest crime rate in Europe, so no need to panic when you forgot to close your front door.
  • As there are few countries with so many expats, Luxembourg is known as a welcoming country to new arrivals. Locals will help you settle and you will easily blend in with the crowd.
  • Most Luxembourgers rise early and also go to bed early in the evening. So, turn the volume down a notch when you are a night owl, to avoid any problems with your new neighbours.
  • Luxembourgers are not a big fan of technological innovations. They tend to hang on to outdated tools that they are familiar with.
  • The birthday of the Duke is one of the biggest holidays in the country and also an official day off.
  • A little under 98% of the population is Catholic. However, the Luxembourgish are known as very tolerant of other religions.
  • Luxembourg is famous for its wines. When moving to Luxembourg, don’t forget to educate yourself about wine, otherwise, you might feel yourself excluded at parties.
  • When you have a dog and it takes a little dump, you have to clean this up by yourself. There are dispensers with bags all around the country to do this. Failing to abide by this law will get you fined.
  • Luxembourgish cuisine is a mix of the countries it borders with: Belgium, Germany, and France. Due to its high number of expats, you can also find many restaurants with cuisines from all over the world.
  • The most popular sport in Luxembourg is football. Other sports that are popular are cycling, cricket and tennis.
  • After the holiday of the Duke, the dancing procession of Echternach is the biggest holiday in Luxembourg. All night, dancers go around the streets to celebrate this holiday, which is included in the World Unesco heritage list.
  • The Luxembourgers are very attached to their native surrounding. Many people live in the same area as they grew up in and have no intention to move elsewhere.
  • In Luxembourg in general, one greets another by shaking hands. When you are very close to someone, you can kiss each other on the cheeks three times. When invited to someone’s home for a dinner or a party, it is good practice to bring chocolates or flowers as a present for the host of the evening.

Visa Regulations for Luxembourg

When you are from an EU country, you do not need a visa to visit Luxembourg nor do you need a work permit when you want to work there. However, when you decide to immigrate to Luxembourg to work there, you will have to do one thing. You have to go to your local municipality and apply for Registration Attestation and that is all. Keep in mind that you will have to prove that your income is high enough to be self-sufficient when living in Luxembourg.
When you are not from an EU country, you will have to apply for a Schengen visa at your local Luxembourgish embassy. This visa will allow you to stay up to 90 days in the country. When you want to stay longer and also take up employment there, you need to apply for a residence and work permit. For this, you will need the help of your employer to be. They will have to show that they were not able to find a Luxembourgish citizen to fulfil the duties that this job involves. All this has to be done before you travel to Luxembourg. Within three days after your arrival, you will have to register at your local municipality. For the complete list of documents involved, it is best to contact your local Luxembourgish embassy, they will provide you with the list of requirements.

 

 

Healthcare in Luxembourg

The citizens of Luxembourg enjoy compulsory healthcare insurance. The fees for this are directly deducted from your salary and your employer also pays about half of it. The standard healthcare is of high quality and people only take out private insurance for supplemental care.
Almost everything is covered by the state health insurance plan. Just keep in mind that when you are having treatment, you first have to pay the bill yourself. Only after that, the insurance company will reimburse you.
The Luxembourgish healthcare system is known as one of the most expensive on the planet. On the other hand, it can also be credited for being the most generous and complete package compared to most other countries.

School and education

Before the age of four, children can go to pre-school which is not compulsory. From age 4-16, the school in Luxembourg is compulsory. Once children go to school, they will first go to what is called fundamental education. There are four cycles that children will go through from age 4-11.
After that, they will move on to secondary school, where pupils will be split into 2 groups.

  • The group with a classical system is prepared for university
  • The group with a technical system is prepared for vocational education. In some cases, you may also enter university with a diploma from the technical system.

The University of Luxembourg is the only university in town. So, when you want to study at a Luxembourgish university, this is the only choice you have. However, there are many foreign universities that have branches or campuses in Luxembourg. There is also higher education available in spheres such as business and management, arts and health care.
Some other things about Luxembourgish education that are worth mentioning.

  • Most schools are run by the state but it is also possible to find private education. However, the school programme is the same.
  • The education system in Luxembourg is trilingual, i.e. Luxembourgish, German and French
  • Pupils go to school the whole day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, there is only a half day of school.
  • The school year is from 15 September to 15 July.
  • When you register at your municipality, your children are accordingly enrolled at the local school.

The job market in Luxembourg

With Luxembourg being the number two country in the world when it comes to the height of GDP, it comes as no surprise that many people from all over the world want to secure a job in Luxembourg. This means that there is stiff competition on the job market with employers having the choice of skilled workers with many different nationalities. Here are some tips to help you find your way on the Luxembourgish job market.

  • Brush up on your languages. You might think that you will get by with your English but that is not true. Make sure that you fluently speak at least German or French unless you are doing a course Luxembourgish at the moment.
  • Nowadays most people find their job online but in Luxembourg, many vacancies are still placed in the newspapers. Pick one up while there, or check their online versions to find the most suitable job for you.
  • Luxembourg has, by law, the highest minimum wage on the globe.
  • Several years ago the Luxembourgish government adopted new laws that provide tax exemptions for many expatriates. These include the removal fee and are applicable for a period of five years.
  • A working week in Luxembourg consists of 40 hours and overtime is always paid.

Property information

Although many things such as petrol, alcohol and electronic devices, are cheaper in Luxembourg than in many other European countries, the same can not be said about property prices. Your rent expenses will probably make up a big part of your budget. Prices are particularly high in Luxembourg City and the surrounding towns.
When you want to find a good deal on the rental market, it is advisable that you start your search well ahead of your move. This way you will get a good understanding of the rental market. Another good idea is to get in touch with expats already residing in Luxembourg. Besides the social contacts, they will also be able to give you some useful intel about the local housing market. It could even be that they are looking for a new flatmate or someone to (temporarily) take over their rent.

Cost of moving to Luxembourg

How much is shipping from the USA to Luxembourg? It is a question we have received multiple times from our clients. To determine the cost of moving house to Luxembourg there are several parameters that help you do that. You will have to know the dimensions of your package, the pick-up and delivery address, and the date for both. Once you have that information sorted out, you can go ahead and place your order at Eurosender. We make sure that you have access to the cheapest way to move furniture to Luxembourg. And it doesn’t stop with furniture, we can ship your whole household including your household appliances, kayak or your piano. When you choose for Eurosender, you choose for the lowest average moving costs to Luxembourg. So, don’t waste any time and contact us today for the shipment of your items to your new dream house in Luxembourg.

Cost of living in Luxembourg

As mentioned before living expenses will probably take out the biggest chunk out of your salary. Having said that, here are some tips to save some money while living in Luxembourg.

  • When you are a student you are allowed to work up to 10 hours a week, which makes for some great additional income.
  • Be picky when choosing a bank in Luxembourg. They all have different rates for their services. So, don’t open your account at the first bank office you run into.
  • Parking is expensive and difficult un Luxembourg. Opt for walking or cycling and you will be healthy and wealthy.
  • When you are just starting out you can share living space to save money.

Driving in Luxembourg

All citizens of EU countries can drive with their local driving license. People from outside the European Union need an International Driving Permit (IDP), which you can get at your local driving authority. It usually costs somewhere between $20-25.
Driving in Luxembourg is not very hard but there are some things you should keep in mind. let’s have a look at the most important ones.

  • Parking can be a difficult task in Luxembourg. Because of the size of the nation, it just very hard to find a free place to park your vehicle. When you do find it, you will see that most parking is paid. Never forget to fill up the parking meter, because the fines can be outrageous. Just about 2 km outside of the country, there is a free parking lot with a bus transfer to Luxembourg.
  • There are no toll roads in Luxembourg
  • You don’t have to carry your passport with you when driving.
  • Winter tires are obligatory in winter. However, there is no set date for when winter starts.

 

 

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