Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Report of what it's like to live there - 07/19/15

Personal Experiences from Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 07/19/15

Background:

1. Was this post your first expatriate experience? If not, what other cities have you lived in as an expat?

This is not our first expat experience, we have also lived in Brussels.

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2. How long have you lived here?

We have been here for less than one year.

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3. What brought you to this city (e.g. diplomatic mission, business, NGO, teaching, retirement, etc.)?

We came here for work.

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Housing, Groceries & Food:

1. How would you describe the availability and cost of groceries and household supplies relative to your home country?

This is an expensive place. Luxembourg has the second-highest per capita GDP on the planet, and many prices reflect that fact. But everything is available.

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2. What household or grocery items do you wish you had shipped to post?

If you have very specific American products you like ( like peanut butter), then send them, but most everything is available in Luxembourg.

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3. What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

There are a few American fast-food restaurants available, such as McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and Subway. But even better are the many cafes, bistros, and restaurants --- including those with a Michelin star.

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4. Are there any unusual problems with insects or other infestations in housing?

No insect problems. Typically no screens on the doors.

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Daily Life:

1. What kinds of gyms or other sports/workout facilities are available? Are they expensive?

Yes, they are available. Costs vary.

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2. Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

There are nearly 200 banks in Luxembourg. This is one of Europe's financial hubs. There are no issues with finding ATMs or using credit cards.

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3. What English-language religious services are available locally?

There are English-language services in Jewish and Christian denominations.

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4. How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

Many people here speak English, as well as French, German, and Luxembourgish.

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5. Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

Yes, he/she would have some difficulties, but mostly because of the very hilly terrain and the cobblestone walkways. Public transportation does accommodate those in wheelchairs.

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Transportation:

1. Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?

Yes. Public transportation is plentiful, inexpensive, and safe.

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2. What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?

Anything is suitable; smaller is better.

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Phone & Internet:

1. Is high-speed home Internet access available? How long does it typically take to install it after arrival?

Yes, it is available. Costs vary, but an average cost is around 63 euros/month.

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Pets:

1. Are qualified veterinarians and/or good kennel services available? Do animals need to be quarantined upon entry to the country? Are there other considerations regarding pets that are particular to this country?

No, pets do not need to be quarantined. There are vets and kennels available.

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Health & Safety:

1. Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.

No major security concerns.

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2. What is the air quality like at post (good/moderate/bad)? Are there seasonal air quality issues? Does the air quality have an impact on health?

FIne. No issues.

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3. What is the overall climate: is it extremely hot or cold, wet or dry, at any time of year, for example?

The weather is typically wet and cool, although you can find several weeks of warm weather during the summer months.

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Expat Life:

1. What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

There are many restaurants, pubs, concerts, festivals, sporting events, and outdoor activities.

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2. Is this a good city for single people? For couples? For families? Why or why not?

This is a quieter town than London or Berlin, but one can still find many options for families, couples or singles. There are sporting events, outdoor activities, and cultural festivals --- including events for families, sports activities, opportunities for hiking, biking, and canoeing, as well as many music events throughout the year.

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3. Is this a good city for LGBT expatriates? Why or why not?

Yes it is.

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4. What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?

Great cultural festivals, art fairs, music festivals, film festivals, and open-air markets, as well as long rides around the country.

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5. What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

The whole country is filled with hidden gems. Take a short drive outside the city to visit any number of castles, or take a train to a harvest festival in the north of the county, or take a drive to a charming village for lunch, or view the ruins or casemates in Luxembourg City.

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6. Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

Travel and local wines.

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7. What are the particular advantages of living in this city?

Luxembourg is centrally located in Europe with countless possibilities for travel by car, train, or plane. The country is rich in culture and history.

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Words of Wisdom:

1. Knowing what you know now, would you still move to this city?

Absolutely.

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2. If you move here, you can leave behind your:

Bread, wine, and cheese. Great options abound.

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3. But don't forget your:

Umbrella.

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4. Do you recommend any books or movies about this city/country for those who are interested in learning more?

"The Expats" by Chris Pavone.

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