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Expat guide to life and living in Luxembourg

Expat guide to life and living in Luxembourg

Living in Luxembourg

As a representative democracy with a constitutional monarch, it is headed by a grand duke and is the world's only remaining grand duchy. Luxembourg is a developed country, with an advanced economy. If you’re moving to this great country we’ve got the top tips for you.

Luxembourg Palace

Expat Clubs


American Women's Club of Luxembourg
The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg is a non-profit, volunteer-run group serving English-speaking women in Luxembourg and the surrounding region. The AWCL formed in 1959 as a small group. Today, there are more than 400 members from around the world, from newcomers to women who have called Luxembourg home for more than 30 years. They welcome women of all ages, and we offer something for everyone.
Address: 51, rue Marie-Adélaïde, L-2128 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 44 84 77
Email: clubhouseawcl@gmail.com
Website: www.awcluxembourg.com
 
British Ladies Club
The British Ladies Club (BLC) was formed in 1969 and is a non-profit making organisation (asbl). Despite its name, it is essentially a social club for English speaking women in Luxembourg regardless of nationality.
Address: BLC Luxembourg, BP 57 L-6905 Niederanven
Email: info@blc.lu
Website: www.blc.lu/

International Schools 


St. George's International School
The school is an inclusive, vibrant international community of approximately 700 pupils aged from 3 years to 18+ years, representing over 50 different nationalities.
Curriculum: British
Address: 11, rue des Peupliers, L-2328 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 42 32 24
Fax: +352 42 32 34
E-mail: reception@st-georges.lu
Website: www.st-georges.lu
 
International School of Luxembourg
They admit Preschool to Grade 12 school with an outstanding pedagogical approach to learning in the early years (Lower School), and a rigorous, globally conscious, university-preparatory curriculum for growing teens (Middle and High School). The school is an IBO World School.
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Address: 36, boulevard Pierre Dupong, L-1430 Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Tel: +352 26 04 40
Fax: +352 26 04 47 04
Website: www.islux.lu

Local News in English


Luxemburger Wort
The aim of wort.lu/en is to reach residents that speak English either as a first language or use it as a working language on a day-to-day basis. This means not only the British, Irish, Americans, Canadians etc but Nordic countries, Eastern European, African and Asian communities and beyond.
Website: www.wort.lu/en
 
Chronicle
Chronicle.lu Luxembourg's best English based news source providing the community with news, events, promotions, and opinions.
Website: www.chronicle.lu/

Country Information 


Location: Europe
Capital City: Luxembourg    
Currency: Euro €
Language: Luxembourgish, French, German
Calling Code: 352
Internet TLD: .lu
Electricity: The country runs on 220V 50Hz. The main electricity provider in the country is Enovos.
Address: 2, Domaine du Schlassgoard, L-4327 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Tel: +352 2737 1
Website: www.enovos.lu/en
 
Emergency Numbers:
Ambulance: 112
Fire: 44 22 44
Police: 113
 
Country Information:
en.wikipedia.org

Embassy Information




Residents Visa and Work Permit information


Luxembourg is part of the Schengen territories therefore visa exemptions for eligible countries including the US apply. Other countries must secure a Schengen visa through a Luxembourg embassy or consulate in their home or host country. The Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs site has a list of countries and their respective visa regulations: www.guichet.public.lu/citoyens/fr/immigration/en/moins-3-mois/index.html
 
Expats must obtain a Long-stay visa for visits exceeding three months. A temporary authorisation or authorisation de sejour temporarire must be applied for before entering the country. Application is coursed through the Immigration Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg. After authorisation is obtained, expats must apply for a short-stay visa and travel to Luxembourg. Within three working days, expats should submit a declaration of arrival or declaration d’arrivee to a municipality within where they reside. After which a medical examination should be undertaken, the results will be sent to the Ministry of Health, who will then confirm the expat’s eligibility to the Immigration Directorate. Expats may then go to the Immigration Directorate and apply for a residence permit. For detailed information please visit the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs site: www.guichet.public.lu/citoyens/fr/immigration/en/plus-3-mois/index.html

Accommodation


Housing rentals in Luxembourg are mainly coursed through real estate agencies. You may only see a ‘To Let’ unit by going through the agency renting it. There are a few listings in classifieds and the local newspapers. Houses and apartments are usually rented unfurnished. Furnished units are rented mostly for short-term leases. Although, unfurnished units come with equipped kitchen. It’s important to check with the landlord what furnishings will be included in the contract.
 
Rental contracts are valid for up to one year, these are drawn up by the real estate agent. Agency fees apply, which is normally one month’s rent including VAT. A maximum of three month’s rent will be required as a deposit. Tenants are required to have housing insurance. Terminating the contract requires at most three months notice. Some landlords may accept a shorter notice.
 
Residential areas in the country can be found in the namesake Luxembourg City. Divided into quarters, there are different areas favourable for expats couples and also with families. Kirchberg and Wiemerskirch in the Northern Quarter are residential-business districts. European Union institutions are located in Kirchberg, including other landmarks. Dommeldange is popular with expats as many new apartments are springing up in this area. Hamm by the Eastern Quarter is perfect for expats with children as St. George International School is located here. It’s also very rural and quiet with lots of biking and running trails. Cessange at the Southern Quarter has lower accommodation rental costs, except airport noise is prevalent. By the Western Quarter, Merl is another residential area ideal for families who likes parks and other family oriented facilities. Finally Limperstsberg is also popular with expats as most places within the area are walking distance. Limpertsberg is also the host of the lauded Shueberfouer fair.
Single expats will enjoy Grund and Clausen in the Central Quarter. These areas are come to life during the night with pubs, bars and restaurants livening up the evenings. Accommodations are upmarket and are made for the affluent.

Driving License


Expats may use their domestic license and an international license to drive legally in the country for six months. Beyond this, foreigners must obtain a Luxembourg license.
 
First the domestic license must be translated to English. Expats then must go to the Ministry of Transport office. Documents required:
 
  • Form "Demande en obtention d'un permis de conduire. www.snct.lu/.
  • Recent ID photograph 45 x 35 mm.
  • Medical certificate, no more than three months old, issued by a doctor licensed to practice in Luxembourg.
  • Certificate of residence (certificate de residence) no more than one month old, issued by the municipality office (commune).
  • Photocopy of both sides of your foreign licence.
  • Photocopy of valid photo ID.
  • Tax stamp (Timbre de Chancellerie), available from the SNCT or the Administration de l'engregistement et des domains.

Healthcare


Health facilities in Luxembourg are of excellent standard. Caisses des Maladi or Health Offices manages the healthcare of citizens and residents of the country. There are no private hospitals in the country. Employers register their employees to the Caisse de Maladie des Emplyes Prives or Private Emplyoees Heatlh Office, and a social security card will be issued after. This card is required for prescriptions and medical visits.
 
Hospitalisation is usually arranged by the GP. There are three classes of service. First class assigns the patient to a private room. Patients under first class pay for the extra costs. Second class is the standard service where patients share a room with two or three more patients. Third class service puts a patient in a ward.
 
Insurance Companies
 
Swiss Life Luxembourg
Swiss Life, present in Luxembourg since 1985, is one of the leading European Life Insurance Companies and the local leader in Group Insurance.
Address: 25, route d’Arlon, L-8009 Strassen, Luxembourg
Tel: +352 42 39 59-1
Fax: +352 26 43 40
Website: www.swisslife.com/luxembourg
 
Hospitals
 
Clinique Bohler
The reputation of the Clinique Bohler is the result of years of work and experiences over more than 56 years and has been reinforced by close collaborations with a considerable number of partners, particularly with the Kirchberg Hospital.
Address: 5, rue Edward Steichen, L- 2540 Luxembourg – Kirchberg
Tel: +352 26333-1
Website: www.cbk.lu/en
 
Rehazenter Luxembourg
This Center is meant to assist all patients and their families and its missions are :
 
  • the management of a specialized medical establishment in charge of delivering stationary and ambulatory care as well as functional re-education
  • and the rehabilitation of disabled people,
  • to initiate and carry on specific clinical research programs in the physical re-education and rehabilitation domains,
  • to be a teaching place for re-education.
Address: 1, rue André Vésale, L-2674 Luxembourg
Tel: (+352) 26 98 – 1
Website (French): rehazenter.lu/
 
ZithaKlinik - Clinique Ste. Therese
Address: 36, rue Sainte Zithe, Luxembourg, 2763
Tel: +352 49 77 61
Fax: +352 49 77 65 90 0
 
Hopital Kirchberg
Address: 9, rue Edward Steichen, L- 2540 Luxembourg – Kirchberg
Tel: +352 2468-1
Website (French): www.hkb.lu/
 
Centre Hospitalier De Luxembourg
Address: 4, rue Ernest Barble, Luxembourg, 1210
Tel: +352 44 11 11
Fax: +352 45 87 62
Website (French): www.chl.lu/
 
 

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