Have you been dreaming of starting a new life in Luxembourg? It is not uncommon to hear of expats who move initially only for work to find themselves enjoying life in the Grand Duchy years later. Before you make the move there are going to be a few things you will have to consider, one of which will be how to transfer your personal belongings.
White & Company take relocation very seriously and have been providing removals to and from Luxembourg and other European and world destinations for the past eighty years. Established in 1871, we are proud to be one of the industries most respected, family owned removals companies and are accredited by BAR, FIDI & OMNI as founder members.
Whether we transport your personal belongings by sea or road, our experienced and dedicated staff will take care of your personal effects and help take the stress out of your move. So if you’re lining up a move to Luxembourg, or perhaps somewhere else in the Benelux region, don’t hesitate to give us a call today to arrange a free survey and no obligation quotation.
Why Move to Luxembourg?
In the heart of Western Europe lies Luxembourg, a prosperous landlocked country bordering a number of countries which combines medieval charm with a quintessentially European character. With an area of just 998 square miles, it is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe and the only remaining Grand Duchy in the world. Expats account for nearly half of the country’s 602,000 population with the Portuguese, French, and Italians providing for an eclectic mix of cultures and a rich social tapestry.
Although Luxembourg may be small geographically speaking, it is certainly not small in stature. Its capital, Luxembourg City, together with Brussels and Strasbourg, is one of the three official capitals of the European Union, for which the country is a founder. Its economy has benefited immensely from this fact with Luxembourgers enjoying the second highest per capita GDP in the world, behind only Qatar. Expats feel straight at home in an economy which is distinctively European in character with 70 % of the country’s workforce coming from cross-border migrant labour.
Urban life in the capital, Luxembourg city is certainly different from what most expats are used to in other major European cities and many express a fondness for the slower pace of life, high standard of living and strong sense of community and security. From medieval cobbled streets to modern city high rises, the city’s architecture contrasts the old with the new. The city is also a real culture hub with several museums, art galleries, bars, and restaurants. All this comes at a premium however as the city is very expensive in terms of the cost of living and the rise in foreign numbers in a city with such a low population (111,000) has pushed up property prices quite considerably in recent years.
Expats relocating to the Grand Duchy will typically settle in one of the country’s major regions. These are either Oesling in the North, comprising up to a third of the country and characterised by large woodlands, or Guttland (meaning ‘Good Country’) in the south which is made of farmlands and wine valleys. Whether you opt for an urban city or a country town, each will likely have their own distinctive European character, providing you with an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture or speak a different language. The country’s proximity to other major European cities just over the border also renders it a viable commuter option for those looking to combine a high flying city job with country living.
Working in Luxembourg
Citizens of the EU/ EEA member states do not require visas to work in Luxembourg. To account for the high standards of living, taxes are set at higher rates than the UK, something you will need to take into account when negotiating your salary. Although like their Belgian neighbours, many employers also pay a 13th month bonus at the end of each year, providing a welcome financial boost.
Luxembourg’s stable and high-income market economy features moderate growth, low inflation, and a high level of innovation, makes for low unemployment and a good number of jobs. Historically, the steel industry dominated the economy. Today the growth in the financial sector has overtaken and banking and finance account for the majority of the country’s economic output. Several multinationals are also based in the city, including Skype and Amazon who have their regional headquarters here. It is possible therefore to arrange work placements and transfers here either with your existing employer or a prospective one before arrival.
Having knowledge of one of the three official languages (Luxembourgish, French or German) is essential for many jobs and will give you an edge over other prospective employees. Current in demand skills are in the sectors of finance, health, social services, retail, manufacturing, construction, science and hospitality industries There has also been a surge in demand for the workers in the transport and communications sectors in recent years.
Here are some Websites specialised in job searches in Luxembourg:
There are no restrictions on foreigners buying Luxembourg real estate, although buyers should be aware of the applicable property transaction fees and taxes which can be quite high.
Property has been increasing in value over the past few years and the surge in expat arrivals, along with a strong demand for housing in urban regions has modernized local trends. As in most major European cities, real estate prices vary according to urban and rural regions. Prices are also higher the closer you get to facilities such as schools, companies, shops etc. Prices tend to be lower the further you venture in the North and East parts of the country.
As a rough guide to purchasing a home in Luxembourg, the price per square metre for a home in the city centre is around €7888 (£6906). This drops to €5854 (£5125) on the outer region of the main cities and towns.
Due to the escalating property prices in recent years, renting is seen as a popular option for expats who are only moving temporarily or who perhaps wish rent before deciding to buy. To rent a family sized home in the centre of the city the cost is approximately €2833 (£2480) per month. On the outskirts this falls to around €1951 (£1708).
For further information on buying or renting property in Luxembourg, visit the following web sites:
Moving to Luxembourg is a thrilling opportunity, but also one that requires dedication, plenty of organisation and time to research.
For some helpful tips and information on settling into life in Luxembourg, visit some of the many Expat forums online:
Luxembourg has a very efficient road and rail service. The railways form the backbone of the country’s public transport network and the arrival of the high-speed TGV link to Paris has led to rejuvenation of Luxembourg city’s railway station. A new terminal has also been added at Luxembourg’s main airport.
The re-introduction of trams into the city has been welcomed and there is also access to a range of comprehensive bus services which operate day and night, linking the towns and villages. All of these services run smoothly and offer a cost-efficient means of travelling in and around Luxembourg.
For those looking to transfer a vehicle and/or drive, you will find roads are in a good condition and the highway code is much like the UK with some minor differences. It is advisable to brush up on Luxembourg’s traffic laws and regulations before you arrive. If your licence was issued by an EU or EEA member country, it is recommended that you have your licence registered. The Luxembourg authorities can then quickly issue you with a Luxembourgish licence if your own licence is lost or stolen.
There are no private hospitals in Luxembourg and all hospitals are run by the Caisse de Maladie, a social security fund. The Luxembourg health insurance system requires anyone working in the country to contribute to the national plan. This is deducted at source from your earnings. However, the state funded healthcare provision is of an excellent standard, one of the best in Europe. It entitles each citizen to basic medical coverage and all citizens have the right to choose their doctor, specialist and hospital.
Medical facilities are modern, clean and well run. For expats, health insurance is mandatory in Luxembourg. Foreigners who are living but not working in Luxembourg must produce proof of health insurance to gain a residence permit. You can obtain ‘supplementary insurance’, which covers hospitalization and extras such as a private room, eye care (spectacles and contact lenses), dental treatment and medical services outside Luxembourg.
Pharmacies are usually open during normal shopping hours, but there is always a duty chemist available for service during off-hours. You may have to pay additional costs for medicines purchased during off-hours and this is non-reimbursable.
Shipping My Effects to Luxembourg
The whole moving experience can be incredibly stressful, especially so when relocating abroad. White & Company, with its 145 years of experience in the removal industry, can help make the process a lot less traumatic.
White & Company move thousands of families around the globe each year and have branches all over the UK. We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation. This will be carried out by one of our qualified surveyors, who will able to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have and offer advice where necessary.
The purpose of the survey is to determine the volume of effects you will be shipping. The cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in our vehicle if transportation is by road and in a container if being shipped by sea. Following the visit, you will receive a written quotation.
White & Company
Providing International Removals since 1871
We recommend a visit from one of our Surveyors for all International moves, so that we can assess your requirements, and the volume of goods to be moved.
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What Others Say…
Wayne Middleton and Brian Witherford were professional and extremely helpful. Did a brilliant job. Would recommend Whites to anyone. Thanks very much.
Have used this company regularly for 5 years including my time in the armed forces. They are professional and efficient. Will use them again on our next move.
The move went very smoothly and they were very polite.
A very smooth move by White and Co. The team worked very hard and were polite, professional and helpful.