Luxembourg is often ranked among the best countries to live in. It has a lot to offer for your professional, social and personal life.
Imagine yourself working in a green country, full of medieval sites and castles. Imagine the same country filled with both elegant and indie clubs, music venues, gourmet restaurants and wine cellars, as well as multiple theatres and museums. If you do this, then you are imagining Luxembourg.
Located in the very heart of Europe, at the crossroads between Brussels, Paris and Frankfurt, Luxembourg is a small and safe nation that offers a lot for your professional development, social activities and family life. The Grand Duchy is often ranked among the best countries in the world for well-being (see OECD's Better Life Index).
Once you have signed your contract, you will have access to the “Newcomers’ Portal”, where you can find information and links on relocating to Luxembourg. Luxembourg is used to welcoming people from around the world and there are a number of informative websites giving practical tips (e.g. Expat Finder, Luxembourg Public).
Luxembourg is home to a number of global companies in the finance, legal, industrial and technology fields, as well as smaller-sized companies; and is expanding its research and development activities. All these could provide varied employment opportunities for partners relocating with you.
We are a founding member of the International Dual Careers Network in Luxembourg. This association provides a platform, networking opportunities and events targeted at unemployed or recently arrived spouses/partners of internationally mobile employees.
Luxembourg is a small country, but it offers a wide variety of activities within a reasonable distance from the city centre. In the capital, you can easily wander from the medieval walls in the Grund and Clausen to the dynamic environment of the Kirchberg plateau, where the EIB’s buildings are located.
You can discover the most beautiful natural spots in Luxembourg on foot or by bike. A short drive from the city will take you to the Müllerthal Region – “Little Switzerland” – where you will find 100 km of trails to walk or cycle along in the middle of woods and around interesting rock formations and ancient castles.
If you prefer to explore further afield, Lorraine and Alsace are just across the French border with their “Routes du Vin” and historical heritage. The oldest city in Germany, Trier, and the Belgian Ardennes are also perfect destinations for one-day excursions.
You can also take a flight from the easily accessible Luxembourg Findel Airport and explore the continent: most of the main European cities can be reached within two hours or are directly connected.
Climate: Luxembourg’s green ambitions
The EIB’s climate ambitions are aligned with those of our host country. In fact, a collaboration between the government and the Bank – the LU-EIB Climate Finance Platform – aims to finance innovative high-impact investment projects in the fight against climate change and increase the leverage effect on private sector investments by mitigating the financial risks of private investment partners. On the ground, the country’s climate ambitions are very visible.
Luxembourg City has adopted a modern approach to waste management as part of its environmental action plan and has put in place a set of measures aimed at reducing energy consumption (particularly of fossil fuels) and climate impacts. Since 1 March 2020, public transport in Luxembourg is free throughout the country and for all modes of transport - trams, trains and buses. This, along with Luxembourg’s growing network of cycle paths, provides the perfect opportunity for staff to embrace the EIB’s commitment to climate and leave their cars at home!
Cultural life: a mix of sophistication and style
Steeped in culture and history, the city and country have a variety of cinemas, theatres and music venues (the Philharmonie with classical and contemporary music, Den Atelier where international rock bands come to play), as well as a wide range of shops and pubs where the international community gathers for after-work drinks and during weekends.
You can always find interesting events at the Rotondes, Rockhal and LuxExpo and plenty of occasions to spend your nights partying in Luxembourg’s old town, Clausen and the Grund – three areas full of bars and clubs.
Luxembourg for children: fun and education
Luxembourg is a perfect place to raise a family. This safe country is full of surprises for children of all ages – from museums offering regular activities for kids, like MUDAMINI; or concerts for children at the Philharmonie; to sports activities and natural parks full of animals, such as the Escher Déierepark – your children will discover an environment full of activities where they can grow up in peace. Many more activities can be found on PetitWeb.
For your grown-up children, Luxembourg has a university with three faculties (Science, Technology and Communication; Law, Economics and Finance; Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education) and over 6 200 international students.
Luxembourg: a cosmopolitan capital at the heart of Europe
As the host country of the EIB Group and other EU bodies and institutions, Luxembourg has always been one of the capital cities of the European Union.
Numerous international companies are also located here. This creates a unique multicultural and multilingual environment, with many events to meet people with an open and diverse mind-set.
Around 60% of the people living in Luxembourg City are foreigners, and the country has consistently featured as a top world destination for expats in the last few years (see InterNations Working Abroad Index).