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Together, all citizens of Luxembourg represent more than 170 nationalities. With 47%, Luxembourg has the highest share of non-national citizens of all EU Member States. All these different cultures create an incredibly diverse environment at work and beyond. Over the years Luxembourg has become a vibrant capital city with free public transport. Almost everyone speaks English, French, or German – and all public administration services are available in these languages (and more).

In the heart of Europe

Luxembourg is situated right in the heart of Europe. The Grand Duchy borders France, Germany, and Belgium. There are excellent train, car, and plane connections with the entire region. Because of the country’s small size, you can easily travel to neighbouring countries for a day trip abroad. So, on your weekend off, you might as well visit a museum in Belgium, take a wine tasting tour along the Moselle river, explore a national park in France, or go shopping in Germany. Here you’ll never be bored!

Human-sized capital

Most expats settle down in Luxembourg City or its immediate vicinity. With lots of greenery and easy transport services, the city offers all facilities you would expect to find in a capital - within arm’s reach. The city centre is compact: all parks, shopping facilities, museums and restaurants are within walking distance. In only 20 minutes, you can travel from one side of the town to the other. Enthusiasts of the outdoors and sport fans will also find more than enough activities for both weekdays and the weekends, in and around Luxembourg.

Safe and secure

Personal safety is one of Luxembourg’s strong suits. In 2019, it was recognised as the safest city in the world for expats. Most inhabitants are happy with their lives in Luxembourg, and this could be explained by the high security and low crime rates. People in Luxembourg are generally seen as friendly and attentive. A welcoming home for expats and families from all over the world – that’s safe to say!

Green city

Want to unwind in nature? You never need to leave the city. 25% of its surface area consists of green and there are more than 200 recreational spaces spread out across the city. Take the Pétrusse Valley or the city’s numerous public parks with playgrounds, gardens, and places to relax. Throughout the entire country, there are many initiatives for sustainable urban planning, always with the citizen at heart. Not only to preserve nature, but also to eliminate food waste, to promote sustainable food alternatives, and facilitate eco-friendly transport.

Close to nature

Parks, forests, and hiking trails: Luxembourg has it all. Even if you’re in the city, nature is always close by. There are hundreds of hidden treasures for you to explore. Apart from hiking, you can try plenty of other sports activities. For instance, you can go mountain biking, canoeing or rock climbing. The rightfully famous Müllerthal trail is particularly beautiful. Or visit one of the old castles around. Sounds fun, right?

Free public transport

Luxembourg became the first country in the world to offer free public transport to both citizens and visitors alike. Save money and avoid rush-hour traffic each day and travel to work by train, tram, or bus – it’s completely free of charge. The public transport system is well-maintained, clean, and reliable. As a passenger, you can use various mobile apps for support and information. These enable you to check your itineraries and receive travel notifications.

Free Vel’OH! bike-share subscription

Hop on your bike and discover the city! Cycling is a fun and environment-friendly way to explore your surroundings or go to work. And we have good news: all EIF staff members get a free subscription to Vel’OH!, Luxembourg’s urban bike-sharing service. At EIF, we encourage and support our staff to live a green and healthy lifestyle. Being part of the EU’s climate bank, we have sustainability at the heart of everything we do.

Premium schooling, local and international

In view of its multinational population, Luxembourg offers high-quality education all around and children get familiar with multiple languages. Modelled after the French system, it consists of fundamental education (preschool and primary school), secondary, and higher education. There are also international schools that are state-owned, and three other  three international schools. They cater for children from expat families, especially those staying short-term.

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