Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Report of what it's like to live there

Personal Experiences from Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 06/14/17

Background:

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

No. We've lived in: Stuttgart, Germany; Maputo, Mozambique; Doha, Qatar; Abuja, Nigeria; and Washington, D.C.

View All Answers


2. What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections? How easy/difficult is it to travel to this city/country?

We are from Los Angeles, California, USA. British Airways on the LAX-LHR direct, a layover in London, then LHR-LUX. This routing takes a total of 14-18 hours depending on layover duration at LHR.

View All Answers


3. How long have you lived here?

1 year.

View All Answers


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

Diplomatic mission.

View All Answers


Housing, Groceries & Food:

1. What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

We have a very nice apartment near the center of town. Our unit is a single level and is about 150 square meters, which puts it on the larger size for an apartment in this part of town. It is an older unit and many newer construction units are much smaller. Many properties in or near the center or town are going to be row house style units, 2-4 levels, and narrow. Single family detached residences in or near the center of town (neighborhoods of Limpertsberg, Eich, Centre, Grund, etc.) are generally quite expensive and are snapped up quickly once on the market.

Many families with children choose to live in the neighborhoods of Bel Air, Merl, or Strassen, where detached single family residences will often have front and/or back yards, are closer to the International School of Luxembourg (where many expats and diplomats send their children), and be significantly larger. Homes in these neighborhoods have a lower price per square meter than those closer to the center of town however they will necessitate taking public transit or driving, which is a 10-20 min commute to Centre.

Kirchberg is also a popular neighborhood since many companies are locating here. Kirchberg is the location of the new hospital and the EU school, where many EU diplomats and staff send their children.

Luxembourg is a pretty small city and you can get pretty much anywhere in town in less than 30 minutes depending on your origin and destination.

View All Answers


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

Luxembourg is expensive to live in. Cost differences vary wildly from our home city of Los Angeles but on the whole we find it to be about 30% more expensive to live here.

Car repairs for European make automobiles are much less expensive (yay! but not surprising I suppose) while detergent for laundry and dishwashing machines seems expensive. Ice cream is double-triple the cost. Bread is cheaper but automobile fuel is more expensive, but since we're from California, not by much frankly.

Household electricity is 25% more expensive but domestic water is 40% cheaper.

View All Answers


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

Salsa, pasta sauce, laundry detergent, preferred soft drinks, Bounce fabric softeners, and salad dressing.

View All Answers


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

There are many different options from a host of nationalities and food types/styles, too many to name.

View All Answers


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

The use of screens on windows isn't common here so in the summer when you open the windows to cool the house off, you may find that bugs fly through the house at times.

View All Answers


Daily Life:

1. How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

We have used Luxembourg Post & Telecom (POST) as well as the diplomatic pouch service. Both have been adequate for our needs.

View All Answers


2. What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

Household help is expensive and comes with the liability of ensuring you are complying with local labor law, which is extensive. Hiring a company to clean your home will cost 25-35 EUR/hr; hiring "under the table" will cost 15-18/hr (or so I'm told).

View All Answers


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

There are 6-8 and they vary in quality and style from very high end (300 EUR/mo) to CrossFit/muscle head type places (60-80 EUR/mo) to pretty basic but sufficient (for my purposes) gyms for (20-30 EUR/mo) depending on location and amenities you desire.

View All Answers


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

Yes to all.

View All Answers


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

All sorts - Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, LDS, Greek Orthodox, etc.

View All Answers


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

Locals are required to learn German and French in school and many take English now as well. Knowing either of those first two languages is very helpful for grocery shopping, dining out, however most professionals speak English.

View All Answers


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

Yes. They are a decade or more behind where they should be. Many buildings do not have elevators, stairwells are often narrow, and many streets are cobblestone.

View All Answers


Transportation:

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

Yes, all a safe. Buses are cheap (2 EUR/2 hrs, no restrictions) and the city is installing a tram line. Taxis are plentiful but expensive. Uber and Lyft are not operating here at the moment.

View All Answers


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?

All the roads here are paved and in good condition, any type of car would be fine. European brands are cheaper to maintain/service (obviously) but Korean and even Chinese cars are becoming more common here. Subaru and Toyotas are rare. American makes are expensive to maintain.

View All Answers


Phone & Internet:

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

Yes. There are several options. We pay 65 EUR/mo for cable and internet and it works fine for streaming Netflix, Skype, etc. It is a long time to get it installed, six to eight weeks during the busy summer expat transfer season.

View All Answers


2. Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

We brought unlocked iPhones with us and bought local plans for 25 EUR/mo.

View All Answers


Employment & Volunteer Opportunities:

1. What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

This varies wildly depending on the qualifications of each individual. Local pay scales can swing as much as 30% higher than some places in the US, however they seem to be about 30% lower than high cost of living areas like Seattle or Los Angeles. Fluency in French, German, Portuguese, or English (more is better) would be required to get a job on the local economy.

View All Answers


2. What volunteer opportunities are available locally?

Red Cross or similar organizations.

View All Answers


3. What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Luxembourg is heavy on finance so most men wear suits and ties to work, women often wear dresses, nice slacks, suits, or similar.
Most workplaces trend towards the formal rather than the casual.

View All Answers


Health & Safety:

1. Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

No health concerns. Doctors are knowledgable and plentiful. There is a new hospital where pretty much anything you need can get taken care of however for major surgical operations it is often still recommended to travel to France, Germany, or Switzerland since Luxembourg does not have a long history of doing this work in-house. This is slowly changing and things like labor/delivery of children, knee and ankle repairs, etc. are done routinely and performed well.

View All Answers


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?

Air quality is good although there is a high percentage of smokers here. As a non-smoker from a country where the use of cigarettes is decreasing/nonexistent this was surprising and unpleasant, but certainly not the worst thing in the world.

View All Answers


3. Are there any particular mental health issues that tend to crop up at post, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter blues)?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) could be a potential issue although we are from Los Angeles and didn't want to jump off a bridge or anything so there's that. But I could see how someone might want an anti-SAD lamp or something.

View All Answers


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

Cold and wet normally. But when it's nice, it's REALLY nice.

View All Answers


Schools & Children:

1. What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

There are many to choose from. The largest and most popular is ISL, the International School of Luxembourg, but beware - they require in person interviews for any child, from as young as four, and at least one parent. They won't do Skype or phone interviews.

View All Answers


2. What accommodations do schools make for special-needs kids?

ISL has a Learning Support Group that can work with children who require some additional assistance in reading or math and have been very good. They are extremely understanding but they will not take responsibility for developmental or learning disabilities and if your child needs specialized services like speech therapy, etc. you should be prepared to find it on the local economy.

View All Answers


3. Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

It seems like there is a "creche" on every corner. They run the gamut in price, level of care/services offered, and style (Montessori, etc.).

View All Answers


4. Are local sports classes and/or activities available for kids?

Yes, everything from martial arts to soccer.

View All Answers


Expat Life:

1. What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Significant. The country's population doubles in size each day from all the people who come in to work. As for expats living in Luxembourg, it is very expat heavy; 46% of the country is foreigners from 170 countries live here.

View All Answers


2. 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 lots of groups you can join, it varies with your interest and are not hard to find.

View All Answers


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

Great for families since it is the safest country per capita in the EU and Luxembourg spends a lot of money on public parks, so there are tons of cool places to hang out with your children. Single people may find it too 'quiet' for their taste. Bars and clubs close at 0100.

View All Answers


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

Yes, it is a very open country. The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are both married to same sex partners.

View All Answers


5. Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

No, very tolerant.

View All Answers


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

Day trips to surrounding countries, weekends at the awesome parks, great food, extremely safe, and people from all over the world make this a really fantastic place to live.

View All Answers


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

Too many to list. Seriously.

View All Answers


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

No. There are lots of designer stores, but otherwise, no.

View All Answers


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

Day trips to surrounding countries, weekends at the awesome parks, great food, extremely safe, and people from all over the world make this a really fantastic place to live.

View All Answers


Words of Wisdom:

1. What do you wish you had known about this particular city/country before moving there?

Bone up on your French, English is not as widely spoken at the daily life level as is made out.

View All Answers


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

Absolutely.

View All Answers


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

Idea to save any money, it's pretty expensive.

View All Answers


4. But don't forget your:

Rain jacket and umbrella!

View All Answers


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 03/22/16

Background:

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

No. I've lived in London, Kosovo, Bosnia, Brazil, Colombia, and Spain.

View All Answers


2. What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections? How easy/difficult is it to travel to this city/country?

DC. I think it is about a 6 hour flight to Paris or Amsterdam, then a layover of 1-2 hours, then 1 hour on to Luxembourg. Although on personal travel people often fly in or out of Frankfurt or Brussels, which are close and have lots more flights.

View All Answers


3. How long have you lived here?

We arrived in 2013 and are leaving in 2016.

View All Answers


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

I am posted here as a diplomat.

View All Answers


Housing, Groceries & Food:

1. What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

Our housing is average to great. We live an 8-minute walk from work. No place is far from downtown and work. I think the farthest house in the pool is 9 miles from work. The housing is generally very good and some of it is amazing. Luxembourg is quite small so nothing is really far. It is a small housing pool and what people get is heavily determined by who is moving out around the same time. It is a very tough housing market for everyone in Luxembourg.

View All Answers


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

Expensive!

View All Answers


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

Life cereal.

View All Answers


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

Restaurants are very expensive here. A normal meal in a sit-down restaurant for lunch would be about US$15 (min); dinner US$25 min.

View All Answers


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

None. Well, OK, lots of bees in the summer.

View All Answers


Daily Life:

1. How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

APO/military post.

View All Answers


2. What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

expensive!

View All Answers


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

Yes, probably expensive. I just love to walk here. It is so beautiful in Luxembourg city. THere are so many trails to explore, and the views are stunning from so many places.

View All Answers


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

No problem.

View All Answers


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

Catholic for sure.

View All Answers


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

French is extremely helpful for getting by in regular life. It is easy to pick up a few words of Luxembourgish which are helpful. French is extremely helpful to know. I use French all the time outside of work and occasionally for work. Most of the people we encounter working in doctor's offices and and in restaurants, etc. are French people who commute here from France to work. Most of the people at our children's school are francophone Belgians many of whom don't speak English.

View All Answers


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

Yes. Lots of cobblestones, lots of steep hills. We pushed a double stroller around for two years and that was tough; I can only imagine with a wheelchair.

View All Answers


Transportation:

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

Public transport is excellent and cheap. A 4 euro pass and you can travel the entire country for one day. Taxis are expensive.

View All Answers


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?

No special issues here. We drive a Honda pilot which is enormous by local standards and can be tricky to get in and out of garages. Mainly we walk everywhere. It is tricky to drive it in the neighborhoods with very small streets.

View All Answers


Phone & Internet:

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

Our internet and phone package is about US$75 per month. I don't think it is very fast even though we paid for the fastest package. It could be because our house is big and has thick walls and my home office is in the attic. We need a relay station thing to ping the signal up to the attic. Installation cost US$900, but we ended up working out a reduction and sharing the cost with the landlord. They charged by the hour to install.

View All Answers


2. Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

No.

View All Answers


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. Vets and kennels are good.

View All Answers


Employment & Volunteer Opportunities:

1. What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

Yes if you speak fluent French or German.

View All Answers


2. What volunteer opportunities are available locally?

Red Cross is keeping volunteers busy at the refugee centers.

View All Answers


3. What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Business attire at work. Public is "nice European."

View All Answers


Health & Safety:

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

It is very safe here. No security concerns, other than the regular stuff one would watch out for in any medium sized town in the U.S. They do warn a lot about home break-ins, but they are rarely violent. I've never felt any gender discrimination.

View All Answers


2. Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

For major health issues, you might need to turn to specialists in the larger border towns like Trier (45 minutes away). Lux is so small that it doesn't have all the specialists.

View All Answers


3. 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?

Excellent.

View All Answers


4. What do people who suffer from environmental or food allergies need to know?

There are definitely seasonal allergens here.

View All Answers


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

Often cloudy. Often a very light rain. But not as bad as everyone says. Often gorgeous.

View All Answers


Schools & Children:

1. What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

Schools are great and there are lots of options. Many use the International School of Luxembourg. We use the Ecole Maria Montessori (bilingual French/German) and love it. There is also the European Union school with sections in all EU languages, a British school, and others. I have American friends who send their children to the local Luxembourgish schools and love those too. Luxembourg city has a population of about 75% foreigners so all of the schools here are extremely international.

View All Answers


2. What accommodations do schools make for special-needs kids?

View All Answers


3. Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

There is also an amazing daycare system subsidized by the government for everyone (including diplomats) for kids up to age 12. They calculate your family price based on your income. The price is the highest for the first child, lower for #2, very cheap for #3 and free for #4 and beyond. Our children went to a wonderful full-time, 5 days a week Luxembourgish creche and they loved it. They learned to speak Luxembourgish along with other kids from at least 20 countries. The staff all spoke fluent English and French and German (and Luxembourgish). It was a public creche. The public creches turned out to be better (in our experience) than the private ones (which was the opposite of what we expected). We started with a private French-language creche (Arche Noe) and hated it. It was well worth the switch to Luxembourgish.

View All Answers


4. Are local sports classes and/or activities available for kids?

Tons but lots seem to be in French or Luxembourgish.

View All Answers


Expat Life:

1. What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Huge expat community in Luxembourg city. About 75% of the population of the city is foreigners. I think it about 40% of the entire country's population is foreigners. Luxembourg has embraced this diversity overall.

View All Answers


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

Hiking, theatre, symphony, museums, travel around the country and beyond, lots and lots of festivals for all seasons all over the country.

View All Answers


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

Awesome for families. Luxembourg is heaven for kids, in general. This country loves kids and there are scores and scores of activities for kids and all sorts of things set up for them. Maybe could get boring for singles/couples.

View All Answers


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

Very open environment here. PM and Deputy PM are openly gay.

View All Answers


5. Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

There doesn't seem to be.

View All Answers


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

Luxembourg has scores of beautiful castles and villages and there are festivals all year round giving you a a reason to visit them when they are at their best. The wine region is lovely: Remich and Grevenmacher, esp. boat trips on the Moselle. We loved visiting Bernkastel in Germany, especially for the St. Nicholas weekend which is quite amazing. Esch sur Sure is amazing: little village with a castle in a river loop: atmospheric. The Mullerthal region for hiking: "little Switzerland" has amazing rock formations. The list goes on and on.

View All Answers


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

Mullerthal trails. Herringer Millen restaurant. All the castles. The trail across from Borscheid castle, by the lake. Mondorf les Bains for the antique car show and walking around. Zoli Poney in Mergelange, Belgium: rent a shetland pony for your child for 5 euro per 30 minutes, then head off on your own self-guided tour across the fields and forests. The amazing WWII museum at Bastogne : best museum I ever visited. The museum of the city of Luxembourg: ask to ride in the "big" elevator - as big as a room, made of glass, goes down into the ramparts. The casemates. The petrusse express green tourist train. The Christmas Market by the golden lady. The kids in the City festival in the summer. etc. etc. Endless!

View All Answers


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

Wine, cremant, cheese.

View All Answers


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

Luxembourg is a heavenly place to live, especially for families with children. Luxembourg is a wonderful place to live. I can't begin to describe all of the wonderful things about it. I love living here and hate to leave, even after almost 3 years. It is no wonder so many internationals move here and never leave. And it is not just its proximity to its more famous neighbors. Luxembourg itself is wonderful.

View All Answers


10. Can you save money?

Yes, if you work at it.

View All Answers


Words of Wisdom:

1. What do you wish you had known about this particular city/country before moving there?

That the local creches are way better than the private ones. Even if it means your kids will learn Luxembourgish, it is worth it.

View All Answers


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

ABSOLUTELY!!!

View All Answers


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

Wine and cheese. Local selections are amazing.

View All Answers


4. But don't forget your:

Clothes. Clothes here are very expensive, we don't buy anything locally.

View All Answers


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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0873387023/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0873387023&linkCode=as2&tag=talesmagcom0e-20&linkId=AE62K2MTWRELI6HC

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


2. How long have you lived here?

We have been here for less than one year.

View All Answers


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

We came here for work.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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

No insect problems. Typically no screens on the doors.

View All Answers


Daily Life:

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

Yes, they are available. Costs vary.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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

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

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


Transportation:

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

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

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


Health & Safety:

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

No major security concerns.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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

Yes it is.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


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

Travel and local wines.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


Words of Wisdom:

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

Absolutely.

View All Answers


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

Bread, wine, and cheese. Great options abound.

View All Answers


3. But don't forget your:

Umbrella.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 08/27/12

Background:

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

Fourth expat experience.

View All Answers


2. What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections? How easy/difficult is it to travel to this city/country?

East coast US. Connecting flights thru major hubs in Western Europe. It takes about 12 hours total.

View All Answers


3. How long have you lived here?

Two years.

View All Answers


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

View All Answers


Housing, Groceries & Food:

1. What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

Everything is close. Even though this is a small country, there's never any problem parking, you can get to anywhere it seems within 30 minutes. Housing can range from apartments near the city center to houses in the burbs.

View All Answers


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

About the same as the cost in major cities in the U.S.

View All Answers


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

Nothing - you can get everything here.

View All Answers


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

Yes, there's fast food, but who would need it when you've got all these cafes? It's expensive here, no doubt - but look where you're living. You don't come here to save money if you're on assignment, unless of course if you are looking for a lower tax liability which it's heard is the reason there are so many international companies here.

View All Answers


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

None.

View All Answers


Daily Life:

1. How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

View All Answers


2. What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

US$15 an hour.

View All Answers


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

yes, but they are a bit pricey.

View All Answers


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

No problems.

View All Answers


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

Yes.

View All Answers


6. English-language newspapers and TV available? Cost?

Yes.

View All Answers


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

Not much. Most speak at least three languages, of which one is usually English.

View All Answers


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

Not as much as other places. This is a city/country that has a great infrastructure and appears to respond to the needs of many.

View All Answers


Transportation:

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

As expensive as major cities in U.S.

View All Answers


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?

Think of suburban U.S. Diesels are great because fuel is relatively expensive and they get better mileage.

View All Answers


Phone & Internet:

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

Yes, comparable to the U.S.

View All Answers


2. Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

Same as U.S.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


2. Quality pet care available (vets & kennels)?

Yes.

View All Answers


Employment & Volunteer Opportunities:

1. What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

Only if you can get a visa which means typically you must be an EU resident. Otherwise, you're out of luck.

View All Answers


2. What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Business attire for work. Relatively conservative in public.

View All Answers


Health & Safety:

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

No.

View All Answers


2. Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

There is a fully developed medical system although one often hears odd stories about medical treatment.

View All Answers


3. 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?

Fantastic.

View All Answers


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

Can get rainy and cold at times, but we have been in worse places. Just dress appropriately.

View All Answers


Schools & Children:

1. What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

The International School of Luxembourg seems great. Good curriculum, great extra-curricular activities, active parents. You need to get past the incredible wealth of some of the parents. It's just the way it is.

View All Answers


2. What accommodations do schools make for special-needs kids?

Haven't really heard.

View All Answers


3. Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

Preschool is available and can be pricey. The government does provide some assistance.

View All Answers


4. Are local sports classes and/or activities available for kids?

Yes, there are plenty of clubs: soccer, swimming, rugby, etc.

View All Answers


Expat Life:

1. What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Large for a small country.

View All Answers


2. Morale among expats:

Seems to be ok. Sometimes people complain this place is too small, not like NY, Paris, Montreal, etc.

View All Answers


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

Dinner, hiking, movies, travel, music.

View All Answers


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

Seems to be a great city for families.

View All Answers


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

Have had gay friends who really enjoyed it here and said there were no problems.

View All Answers


6. Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Haven't heard of any.

View All Answers


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

Regional travel that is so easy from here. Nice people who like Americans.

View All Answers


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

Travel, travel, travel.

View All Answers


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

Nothing really.

View All Answers


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

Absolutely beautiful, well-located, safe, incredible travel opportunities, great food, great schools, you name it.

View All Answers


11. Can you save money?

If you don't want to go out and do anything, sure.

View All Answers


Words of Wisdom:

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

Yes.

View All Answers


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

Need to save money, desire to have all things American.

View All Answers


3. But don't forget your:

Travel books.

View All Answers


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

View All Answers


5. Recommended movies/DVDs related to this city:

View All Answers


6. Do you have any other comments?

View All Answers


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 09/05/11

Background:

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

This is my second tour. I was in the Middle East before Luxembourg

View All Answers


2. What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections? How easy/difficult is it to travel to this city/country?

Georgia

View All Answers


3. How long have you lived here?

1 year

View All Answers


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

American Diplomat

View All Answers


Housing, Groceries & Food:

1. What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

Luxembourg City has cute different colored row houses and modern apartments.most housing is near corner cafes or bars. The layout of the homes or apartments don't make sense - get over it. Most homes/ apartments don't have AC - you sleep with your window open at night. Most windows don't have screens.

View All Answers


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

Luxembourg is very expensive. You can do small grocery shopping in town and then drive to Germany for your major shopping.

View All Answers


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

Flats - it was pointless to bring my heels with all the cobblestones around the city. Although they have nice shoe stores, the shoes are very expensive and they don't carry narrow.

View All Answers


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

All fast food is available here - slightly more expensive.

View All Answers


5. What kinds of organic, vegetarian and allergy-friendly foods are available, such as organic produce, gluten-free products, meat substitutes for vegetarians, etc?

View All Answers


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

none.

View All Answers


Daily Life:

1. How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

APO

View All Answers


2. What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

ridiculously expensive and you have to pay social security. This is not a tour where you'll have household help.

View All Answers


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

yes - they are approx $150 a month

View All Answers


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

perfectly safe to use

View All Answers


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

I know of a couple catholic churches offering Mass in english.

View All Answers


6. English-language newspapers and TV available? Cost?

readily available - but very expensive

View All Answers


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

You MUST learn french. If you do not learn french prior to coming to post then sign up for the free french classes offered by the city.

View All Answers


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

the cobblestones are... cobblestones. that is what gives the city character, but be careful!

View All Answers


Transportation:

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

Local buses are 1.50 euro - safe and reliable.

View All Answers


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?

I have a midsize SUV and I don't have any problems driving around town or finding parking spaces. If the Embassy is housing you - you must let them know the height of your SUV - as some of the older homes have small garages. You must have snow tires. If you bring an out of spec car and try to sell it here, the new owner has to pay to bring the car up to spec - not fun!

View All Answers


Phone & Internet:

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

If you get P&T internet you have to pay for the phone line (min 16 euros) plus internet (40 euros - basic, no download).

View All Answers


2. Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

View All Answers


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?

Yes - in addition, they need a microchip.

View All Answers


2. Quality pet care available (vets & kennels)?

Yes!

View All Answers


Employment & Volunteer Opportunities:

1. What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

if you know fluent french

View All Answers


2. What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Business attire.

View All Answers


Health & Safety:

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

none.

View All Answers


2. Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

No health concerns. Medical care is very good - some cultural differences (take a long t-shirt when you go for your physical - they don't provide gowns).

View All Answers


3. 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?

Good most of the year, but when the pollen falls it outlines the cobblestone.

View All Answers


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

This year we didn't have Summer. it went from Spring to Fall. Last winter was kinda tough for me, but I came from the Middle East where it was 130 degrees.

View All Answers


Schools & Children:

1. What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

View All Answers


2. What accommodations do schools make for special-needs kids?

View All Answers


3. Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

I hear that it is expensive

View All Answers


4. Are local sports classes and/or activities available for kids?

Yes! And in the summertime the kids can borrow sports equipment at the parks and play. This country is all about outdoor recreation.

View All Answers


Expat Life:

1. What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Outside the embassy, the expat community is extremely large, but I don't know where they are. There is no single American or British spot. This is more like NYC. The embassy community is small but very friendly.

View All Answers


2. Morale among expats:

high

View All Answers


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

easy! Luxembourg has lots to offer.

View All Answers


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

This city is great for everyone.

View All Answers


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

I haven't heard of any problems

View All Answers


6. Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

none

View All Answers


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

Enjoying the greenery. Walking home through a park every day.

View All Answers


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

Valley of the 7 castles

View All Answers


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

Chocolate spoons, Cremant, bird whistles, gluwein and pork sandwiches.

View All Answers


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

Luxembourg is absolutely beautiful. It offers a great number of hiking, biking, and walking trails. The city has many large parks, plazas, dog runs, you name it!Dogs are welcome almost everywhere - restaurants even bring out dog bowls for your dog.

View All Answers


11. Can you save money?

Sorry, no - lettuce is a luxury item at the grocery store.

View All Answers


Words of Wisdom:

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

Absolutely - but I would've shopped for more winter clothes in the US!

View All Answers


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

high heels and sweatpants

View All Answers


3. But don't forget your:

running shoes, bike, camping equipment, GPS, and carry-on suitcase (for all of the regional travel that you'll be doing - Ryan Air is less than $50 to most places out of Germany).

View All Answers


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

View All Answers


5. Recommended movies/DVDs related to this city:

View All Answers


6. Do you have any other comments?

Guys shoud be aware that you have to swim w/a speedo in public pools. They claim that swim shorts aren't hygienic. Don't try arguing - they aren't going to change their mind.

View All Answers


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 09/15/10

Background:

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

No. I have lived in Taichung, Taiwan; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Moscow, Russia.

View All Answers


2. What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections? How easy/difficult is it to travel to this city/country?

Ohio. No direct flights from Luxembourg to the US, so we go via Paris or Amsterdam or something. Figure an hour to fly to hub, and then about 8 hours to get to the US east coast.

View All Answers


3. How long have you lived here?

Arrived February 2010.

View All Answers


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

Accompanying spouse.

View All Answers


Housing, Groceries & Food:

1. What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

Townhouses. Single family homes. Apartments. Prices are better than my last post (Moscow), but not cheap. Surprisingly for such a small place, traffic can be an issue. We picked a house based on kids' and spouse's commutes.

View All Answers


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

After Moscow, I find this place a bargain. But I have lived in Europe before. If you are paid in dollars (like we are), you are always aware of the rate of exchange. But I have lived in MUCH more expensive places. Two Big Box-style grocery stores (Auchan and Cora). They have everything I need.

View All Answers


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

Nope. Can't think of any. Biggest problem I have is getting clothes for my tall and slim husband.

View All Answers


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

McDonald's. Pizza Hut. Subway. Quick. Chi-Chi's. Lots of local pizza places (but I haven't found much good pizza). A LOT of Michelin-rated restaurants here. That said, prices are high.

View All Answers


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

We have some spiders in the basement. No screens, so some mosquito issues given all the rain. I have those plug-in things.

View All Answers


Daily Life:

1. How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

The local post office (P&T) is wonderful.

View All Answers


2. What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

I see ads for people looking for work and people looking for help. I have not used a housekeeper here.

View All Answers


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

Yes, but they don't open until 9:00 a.m. This is an "after work" place. Very odd.

View All Answers


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

I have an American account and a local one. ATMs everywhere.

View All Answers


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

Not sure.

View All Answers


6. English-language newspapers and TV available? Cost?

We have Sky.

View All Answers


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

Luxembourg is an amazing blend of French/German/Luxembourgish. A LOT of people speak English. I speak a little French, and I get by just fine.

View All Answers


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

Seems like standard European city issues. Stairs here and there.

View All Answers


Transportation:

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

Taxis are expensive. Local buses are reliable and cheap. There is also a rental bike system here called Vel-Oh! I haven't used it, but friends have: it seems very convenient.

View All Answers


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?

Well, smaller is always easier for navigating. But we bought a used Peugeot 807 (mini van) because we need to haul kids and bikes around. I can park anywhere.

View All Answers


Phone & Internet:

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

Yes: we have a high-speed internet/free-long distance/local cable TV package. Can't remember the price, but I want to say about $70US/month.

View All Answers


2. Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

I got a local one through LUX GSM.

View All Answers


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. But they need to be chipped. Standard EU drill.

View All Answers


2. Quality pet care available (vets & kennels)?

I have two cats. I have a local girl who cat sits for short periods and there is a cat hotel (www.cathotel.lu) I used for the summer. I have a vet on the corner.

View All Answers


Employment & Volunteer Opportunities:

1. What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

I am told there is more than you think. However, as an American, I suspect I would have competition from the UK. I am not EU, so it should be difficult for me to find work (as a writer).

View All Answers


2. What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

What I would call "European." Folks here are conservative in their dress. They like what I would call tasteful sportswear. Women's shoes are more Germanic (lower heels) than in Moscow.

View All Answers


Health & Safety:

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

Had my GPS stolen from the car, but I had left the car unlocked. Read the local news at the ARA City Radio website. Yes, they edit/select the more amusing stories, but it gives you an idea of the crime here. Folks are more likely to wrap their car around a tree. Now and then someone gets drunk and throws crockery. Since my kids speak French, I am much more comfortable letting them go out and about on their own.

View All Answers


2. Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

Local health care is excellent. We have the national insurance (and a supplemental coverage which picks up the difference . . . very reasonably priced, too). You get reimbursed by the insurance companies if the cost isn't paid in full in most cases. Husband spent ten days in hospital after surgery for a broken arm: no charge. Care was excellent. I have also seen a local dentist, and we have a local GP. I don't wait to take care of health issues while in the US anymore. This is cheaper and better.

View All Answers


3. 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?

Excellent.

View All Answers


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

It rains. A lot. But in general, the weather is mild: not too hot in the summer (most homes/apartments do NOT have AC and you don't need it but a few days a year), not too cold in the winter. The rain makes things lush. That said, if the weather is nice, take advantage of it NOW! Think England.

View All Answers


Schools & Children:

1. What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

We are Americans, but my kids go to the French school here. They have been in the French system for three postings now, and we have been pleased. Tuition also tends to be (relatively) very reasonable.

View All Answers


2. What accommodations do schools make for special-needs kids?

View All Answers


3. Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

View All Answers


4. Are local sports classes and/or activities available for kids?

Seems to be.

View All Answers


Expat Life:

1. What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

About 50% of the population here is from somewhere else.

View All Answers


2. Morale among expats:

Seems good to me. This is a lovely place to be. A nice place to be an American. They like us.

View All Answers


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

Movies. Parks. Restaurants and pubs. Festivals. Lots of concerts (jazz, classical, rock).

View All Answers


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

Very family-friendly. Lots of movies and outdoor activities (excellent bicycle system in the country . . . this IS home of the Schleck brothers). The culture leans towards boring: shops close early, nothing open on Sundays. Anti-noise ordinances. I think there is night life in the Grund area, but I have not yet explored that.

View All Answers


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

I suspect it is fine.

View All Answers


6. Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Seems very ethnically mixed. About half the population of the country is from somewhere else.

View All Answers


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

Being driving distance from France. Exploring Luxembourg. Vianden Castle. The Family of Man exhibit.

View All Answers


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

We love the opportunities for bicycling here. Paris is a few hours away by train. Metz (France) has the new Pompidou Centre. Wine tasting. Trier (Germany) is less than an hour from here. Patton is buried here . . . lots of WWI/WWII history in the region.

View All Answers


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

I'm not a big Villeroy & Bosch fan, but there is that. Wine. Belgian chocolates. I bought a lot of bird whistles are the annual festival on Easter Monday. Excellent regional beers.

View All Answers


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

It is so pretty and charming and CLEAN. Excellent national health care (hubby broke an arm and spent ten days in the hospital). Great "jumping off point" for touring Western Europe.

View All Answers


11. Can you save money?

We are. It is all relative, I guess.

View All Answers


Words of Wisdom:

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

I have never been so thrilled to be in a country in my life. First time I went in the local grocery store, I cried because the fruits and vegetables were so lovely and not expensive (this after life in Million Dollar Moscow).

View All Answers


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

US doctors/health care.

View All Answers


3. But don't forget your:

Camera. Lots to see here and in the region. I wish I had a second refrigerator: mine is small and stocking for weekends or (God help me!) a three-day weekend is a challenge. I shop every day during the week because I don't have a place to store things.

View All Answers


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

View All Answers


5. Recommended movies/DVDs related to this city:

View All Answers


6. Do you have any other comments?

I hope we get to be here for a long time. I usually spend the entire summer in the US. This year I only went for a month because I wanted to get back here. Yes, it is a little quiet here. But it is such a great location. So close to so many interesting places.

View All Answers


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 04/11/10

Background:

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

No - Iraq, Burkino Faso, Abu Dhabi, Mongolia.

View All Answers


2. What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections? How easy/difficult is it to travel to this city/country?

Wash DC - about 11 hours. I would avoid Paris and travel through Amsterdam or Frankfurt.

View All Answers


3. How long have you lived here?

9 months.

View All Answers


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

Government.

View All Answers


Housing, Groceries & Food:

1. What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

Apartments and some townhouses. 20 - 30 minutes even during rush hour.

View All Answers


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

Very expensive if purchased locally. US Military bases are located about 1 hour from Luxembourg - prices are very reasonable.

View All Answers


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

None

View All Answers


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

Subway, McDonald's and Pizza Hut are available but expensive.

View All Answers


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

None.

View All Answers


Daily Life:

1. How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

US Military APO is available for sending and receiving packages and letters.

View All Answers


2. What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

Unknown, but I assume very expensive.

View All Answers


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

Yes.

View All Answers


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

Safe and very common, but beware of hidden banking charges.

View All Answers


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

Yes, English catholic services are available on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

View All Answers


6. English-language newspapers and TV available? Cost?

Yes, the Embassy supplies AFN decoders. Cable tv is available at about 100 USD per month.

View All Answers


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

Minimal French is required.

View All Answers


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

Unknown, but Luxembourg is similar to any big American city.

View All Answers


Transportation:

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

Yes, buses and trains are very common and cheap. Taxis are very expensive. City buses provide excellent, frequent and reliable transport.

View All Answers


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?

No restrictions on cars. Parts for most cars are availble.

View All Answers


Phone & Internet:

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

Yes. 75 USD per month.

View All Answers


2. Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

Obtain local the cell phone service.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


2. Quality pet care available (vets & kennels)?

Good. Kennels are available, but it costs about 25.00 USD per night to board a pet.

View All Answers


Employment & Volunteer Opportunities:

1. What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

noNo.

View All Answers


2. What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Coat, shirt and tie.

View All Answers


Health & Safety:

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

No.

View All Answers


2. Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

None - good health care is readily available.

View All Answers


3. 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?

Good.

View All Answers


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

Rainy winters, warm summers. It does snow but it usually melts after a few days.

View All Answers


Schools & Children:

1. What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

Obtaining adequate schooling for children is a very serious problem in Luxembourg. International School of Luxembourg is full most of the time. Waiting lists are very common. Diplomat kids receive no priority for admission. No adequate alternative is available except for maybe St Georges International School.

View All Answers


2. What accommodations do schools make for special-needs kids?

View All Answers


3. Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

Yes - numerous, high-quality preschools are available but very expensive

View All Answers


4. Are local sports classes and/or activities available for kids?

Yes - ISL has after-school activities. Luxembourg communities have numerous sports programs and activities available for kids.

View All Answers


Expat Life:

1. What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

View All Answers


2. Morale among expats:

It's Luxembourg - what problems could there be?

View All Answers


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

Not much.

View All Answers


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

It is better for families but ok for all.

View All Answers


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

Okay.

View All Answers


6. Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

No.

View All Answers


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

Traveling to neighboring counties - nothing special about Luxembourg. The downtown farmer's market held on Wednesday and Saturday mornings is interesting.

View All Answers


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

Travel to neighboring counties, visit the wine/Mosel River region.

View All Answers


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

There is nothing unique about Luxembourg.

View All Answers


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

Touring Europe from Luxdembourg is great. You cannot save money living in Luxembourg.

View All Answers


11. Can you save money?

NO!

View All Answers


Words of Wisdom:

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

No - maybe in about 3 years post will be ok.

View All Answers


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

plans to save for your children's college education.

View All Answers


3. But don't forget your:

umbrellas.

View All Answers


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

View All Answers


5. Recommended movies/DVDs related to this city:

View All Answers


6. Do you have any other comments?

Currently, I would not recommend this post for anyone, at least for the next 3 years.

View All Answers


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 10/13/09

Background:

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

No.

View All Answers


2. How long have you lived here?

Too Long.

View All Answers


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

Government, affiliated with the U.S. Embassy.

View All Answers


4. Travel time and best routes to this city from Europe or the US:

Around 9 hours from East Coast. No direct flights, must fly to Frankfurt, Brussels, and or Amsterdam and then fly to Luxembourg's airport; Findel

View All Answers


Housing, Groceries & Food:

1. What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

Mostly apartments. Houses outside the city for families

View All Answers


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

Very, very expensive.

View All Answers


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

Toiletries as well as cleaning supplies, as Luxembourg is a monoploy or a one-horse town. So there is not much in the way of free-market competition. Luxembourgers like to keep out any company that threatens their monopolies.

View All Answers


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

McD's and a few Subway's, as well as two Pizza Hut's and one Chi-Chi's Mexican (though it sucks). Restaurants are very pricey, the and food isn't that great. The local dishes don't excite the palate -- if you know what I mean.

View All Answers


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

None.

View All Answers


Daily Life:

1. How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

APO or Pouch at the embassy. I use DHL even though FedEx is available.

View All Answers


2. What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

Forget it unless you are a well-paid expat

View All Answers


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

Yes, but they are not cheap.

View All Answers


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

Not an issue. But the dollar is in the tank now, so you'll love seeing your bank statements after withdrawing Euros.

View All Answers


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

Yes, for Protestant as well as Catholic services.

View All Answers


6. English-language newspapers and TV available? Cost?

IHT is available locally.

View All Answers


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

French is a must.

View All Answers


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

Not many though some businesses do not have ramps.

View All Answers


Transportation:

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

Yes, taxis are expensive, but buses are reasonable, as well as trains on the weekend. Trains are a great way to see the country on the weekends.

View All Answers


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?

Any will work, but European models are easier to get repaired and are cheaper to buy.

View All Answers


Phone & Internet:

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

ADSL with local phone company, which is another monopoly, so it isn't cheap and it's not unlimited as in US.

View All Answers


2. Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

Use pre-paid phone cards unless you know you'll be here long enough for a phone plan. iPhone is available with a LuxGSM plan.

View All Answers


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.

View All Answers


2. Quality pet care available (vets & kennels)?

Only one kennel in the country, and vets are never in the office. Take turns watching coworkers' pets, that works best.

View All Answers


Employment & Volunteer Opportunities:

1. What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

No, ISL only hires from the government unemployment office. So forget sending them a resume, as they prefer to hire unemployed locals or expats with no skills. Luxembourg's government pays a large portion of their first year's salary. So I guess it's better to sign-up with the Luxembourg unemployment office to get a job in this town. Unless you can get one with your spouse's company.

View All Answers


2. What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Business.

View All Answers


Health & Safety:

1. Pollution index (Good, Moderate, Unhealthy, or Very Unhealthy)?

Good. Allergies do affect many people in Spring

View All Answers


2. What immunizations are required each year?

A boredom shot is required.

View All Answers


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

None, though crime is under-reported... as in all European countries.

View All Answers


4. Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

OK, but it's European national health care, so don't be too sick.

View All Answers


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

Normal Western European climate. Not as wet as more coastal capitals. Like Brussels or The Hague.

View All Answers


Schools & Children:

1. What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

International School of Luxembourg (ISL) has a US-based program, and St. George's is UK-based. Good Luck getting into ISL unless your company is a big contributer to ISL, i.e old fashioned bribery... I mean donation.

View All Answers


2. What accommodations do schools make for special-needs kids?

None.

View All Answers


3. Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

Local Luxembourg creches or ISL or St. George's pre-school programs.

View All Answers


4. Are local sports classes and/or activities available for kids?

At the schools.

View All Answers


Expat Life:

1. What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Rather large.

View All Answers


2. Morale among expats:

Embassy morale is going into the tank. Local expats are probably okay, as they have nice jobs.

View All Answers


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

Boring. Movies and nightclubs.

View All Answers


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

Boring for All. This town rolls up the sidewalks at sunset.

View All Answers


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

No problems that I know of even though it is a more conservative European country.

View All Answers


6. Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Not that I've heard of so far.

View All Answers


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

See the country. Great Sunday drives outside of the city. A lot of WWII history.

View All Answers


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

Villeroy and Bach. Visit neighboring countries, i.e France, and Germany.

View All Answers


9. Can you save money?

No.

View All Answers


Words of Wisdom:

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

No. Big mistake. If you see this post on the bid list, pass right by it and don't look back.

View All Answers


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

Speedo.

View All Answers


3. But don't forget your:

Credit cards.

View All Answers


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

View All Answers


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

View All Answers


6. Recommended movies/DVDs related to this city:

View All Answers


7. Do you have any other comments?

Avoid Embassy Luxembourg for next three years. It's going down hill faster then an SUV with no brakes.

View All Answers


Five stars on Amazon! Don't miss Talesmag's first book of essays, on cross-cultural food experiences from Mexico to Mongolia (plus recipes!)

Read More