Bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany, Luxembourg, officially the ‘Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’, has a population of just over half a million people in an area of approximately 2,586 square kilometres (999 sq mi).
The national language is Luxembourgish, whereas the administrative languages are Luxembourgish, French and German. But it is common to hear a number of foreign languages, as Luxembourg is home to people of more than 150 different nationalities. Because most of the Grand Duchy’s population consists of foreigners, primarily other EU citizens, the country has implemented an effective economic and social integration policy.
The Grand Duchy is at the top of the heap when it comes to the safety of people and property. For years, Mercer's annual quality of Living Survey has ranked Luxembourg as one of the world’s safest capital cities.
Luxembourg is politically stable, has a low unemployment rate and a healthy economy, making it a very competitive world player.
Whether you’re an active sports fan, interested in culture and the arts, a lover of fine food or of good deals, Luxembourg has a lot to offer. As a capital city, Luxembourg offers a multitude of events and a first-class cultural and sporting infrastructure. While the Grand Duchy regularly hosts world-famous artists, its calendar also includes a number of fêtes, fairs and other customs, often dating back to the Middle Ages and still celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm.
Finally, Luxembourg enjoys an excellent reputation regarding the quality and international variety of its gastronomy, while the indigenous wines of the Grand Duchy are appreciated well beyond its borders.
Luxembourg’s education system stipulates six years in a primary school and three years in high school. For children under 3, school is optional. From 4 years of age, Kindergarten is compulsory and Luxembourgish is the spoken language. From the age of 6, children learn German and then French one year later. Anyone who has attended school in Luxembourg can then interact with people in the surrounding countries (Belgium, France and Germany) as well as with the international business community.
There is a wide choice of public, private or international schools in Luxembourg. International schools also offer courses in various foreign languages.
To learn more, visit the website of the Ministère de l’Education Nationale.
All people working in Luxembourg benefit from a comprehensive social security system. It covers family benefits, unemployment insurance, work accident insurance, health care, old age and disability pensions as well as long-term care insurance. Employees and the self-employed are automatically enrolled in their respective state’s social security system and, in the majority of cases, benefits extend to family members, such as the spouse, children and other dependent family members in the household.