Moving overseas is a big step, whether you’re moving to your job, retiring or merely looking for a new adventure. Despite its small size, removals to Luxembourg are no different. You will probably spend lots of time organising your move. If you’re moving to Luxembourg, this page will give you the necessary overview and tips that will make a real difference.
Moving to Luxembourg: About Luxembourg
Luxembourg is one of the smallest nations in the world; France, Germany and Belgium landlock its 2586 km² (999 sqm). The capital is where the Alzette and Petrusse Rivers meet, amidst green valleys overshadowed by rocky medieval fortifications. Since 1994 the city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Luxembourg is a highly developed country in western Europe and today is the only sovereign grand duchy that still exists. Known officially as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the nation is small but punches above its weight on the international scene. A population of just over half a million enjoys the second highest GDP in the world.
A founding member of the EU, Luxembourg is home to a high proportion of migrants, just under 40% of the total population. Crime rates are unusually low, and the country is considered a very safe place to live. Since 2002 Luxembourg have been using the Euro as their nominated currency.
The climate in Luxembourg provides hot summers and harsh winters, with snow possible during the coldest months.
Moving to Luxembourg: Where to live
Although Luxembourg is a small country, there are some very different regions to explore. Here is an overview of some of the most popular parts:
Luxembourg City is the most extensive settlement in Luxembourg with approximately 115,000 residents. Most jobs for people from overseas are available in this area. The city is split into 24 distinct zones; Belair is close to the centre and sophisticated, Merl is ideal for families while Limpertsberg is popular with students.
Incorporating the picturesque river town, Remich, Moselle Valley is a wine region full of beautiful vineyards and spectacular views.
Echternach is the oldest town in the country and has an abundance of architectural delights such as Basilica of St Willibrord, as well as the ruins of the old city walls and a gothic marketplace.
Located not far from the city, Marmer offers a very different pace of life with a Roman bath, church and castle plus the much sought-after Valley train railway.
Located on the White Ernz, Larochette offers instant access to the countryside with many way-marked walks, plus the stunning Larochette castle.
A tiny settlement with magnificent views, Esch-sur-Sûre has dramatic sandstone cliffs plus the ruins of an ancient castle.
Vianden is nothing short of idyllic with natural beauty in the wild forests and quiet, winding lanes which accompany Gothic churches and spiralling towers. The perfect retreat for those looking for a quiet escape and the chance to explore the great outdoors.
Luxembourg doesn’t have any “bad areas”, and as it’s such a small country, it’s not difficult to travel from one area to another to get the best of both worlds.
Moving to Luxembourg: Visa Requirements
If you are moving to Luxembourg from elsewhere in the EU, you won’t need a visa to live in the country, even if you’re planning on working. However, if you’re expecting to stay longer than 90 days, you’ll need to register with the Luxembourg authorities.
Individuals who are moving to Luxembourg from outside the EU will require a visa plus a work permit. However, when a job is available, an EU national has priority over non-EU nationals, so it’s a good idea to try, and secure work before arriving.
Moving to Luxembourg: Transport
Small country means small cars…and even smaller car parking spaces. While average car sizes have increased in Europe, car parking spaces haven’t. In Luxembourg, you will walk. A lot. Taxis are expensive for everyday commuting, and it may take you even longer to commute by bus.
Moving to Luxembourg: Healthcare
There are no private hospitals in the country. However, health facilities in Luxembourg are first-rate; you have the right to choose your doctor, hospital and specialist. The Caisses des Maladies (Health Offices) manage the healthcare and therefore the hospitals for citizens and residents.
Employers register their employees with the Caisse de Maladie des Employés Privés or Private Employees Health Office, which will issue your social security card. You will need this card for all your prescriptions and all medical visits. GP surgeries close on Wednesday afternoons. Doctors only make house visits at certain times of the day.
You must have a referral from your doctor for a hospital admission unless an emergency.
If you go to a hospital, take your towels, toiletries and nightwear. You’ll also need money for telephone calls, TV, bottled water, etc. as these items come from private contractors on the hospital site.
Look out for a sign showing a white H on a blue background when you are looking for the hospital.
Moving to Luxembourg: Language
Luxembourg is particularly unusual as it has three official languages which perform different functions; these are Luxembourgish, French and German.
The language that most citizens speak daily is Luxembourgish. They will however mostly write in French and German. They use French for official documentation and German for information purposes.
Of course, Many speak English too as the country is such an economic and business hub. However, most residents will slip in and out of Luxembourgish when they converse and to properly integrate into your local community; it’s advisable to learn it.
Moving to Luxembourg: Removals to Luxembourg
Moving to Luxembourg is a frequent occurrence because, despite the very small size of the country, it has one of the most dynamic economies in Europe and offers many opportunities.
Both reputable European and international removals companies will have much experience of transporting goods to Luxembourg. Although the country is very accessible, it’s a good idea to use a European moving firm with prior experience, so the process is as smooth as possible.
Whether you choose our Load & Go or our EasyMoves solution, European Moving can help you with your removal. We shall be able to help you with the full list of restrictions that apply to removals to Luxembourg and also provide advice on a whole range of removal issues you may not have encountered before.