Completely surrounded by bigger neighbouring countries, Luxembourg is a tiny nation (2586km2) but has a big personality. The country’s motto is ‘We want to remain what we are.’, which is independent, and with the nations strong assets there is no doubt it will be in the future. 

Luxembourg is the second richest per capita country in the world and it also has the highest minimum wage in Europe; employees earn a minimum of €1923 a month no matter what their profession is. It’s one of the world’s most important financial centers and has very favourable tax-laws.  

About half of the people working in Luxembourg commute from Germany, Belgium or France. But still almost half of the people living in Luxembourg are immigrants and you can find over 170 different nationalities within its borders. The low tax and high minimum wage make Luxembourg an appealing place for many people to work. 

Luxembourg may be one of the smallest countries in the world, but it is also one of the safest and is relatively sparsely populated with a third of the country covered in forest. 

Most Luxembourgers are at least trilingual; speaking German and Luxembourgish (a dialect of German), English or French. 

Nationals from the EU and Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein do not need a work permit to work in Luxembourg. 

Immigrants from other countries who want to work in Luxembourg for more than three months need to apply for a work permit. This can be done before or after arriving in Luxembourg. Employers can only hire a foreigner if they haven’t found a suitable candidate through the National Employment Administration within three weeks. 

The first work permit is valid for a year, after which it can be renewed. After five years of uninterrupted residence in Luxembourg, immigrants can apply for a long-term residence permit. 

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Here are some of the ways to live in Luxembourg:

Through your Family:

  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Luxembourg, you are probably eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after being resident in Luxembourg for a period of 5 years.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
  • If your child is a citizen or permanent resident of this country, you may apply for a parent residency visa.
  • If your spouse has a Luxembourg grandparent, he/she can apply for citizenship and subsequently you may apply for residency.  The grandparent needed to have been a citizen on the 1st January 1990.  Please note that your spouse needs to be a recognised and registered spouse or partner as per local laws.

Youth Mobility Visa:

  • If you are an Australian Citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working and Holiday Visa programme. Note: you may need a letter of government support to undertake this type of visa.

Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Luxembourg:

  • If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
  • You can acquire Luxembourg nationality provided your grandparent was a citizen of Luxembourg on the date of 1 January 1990.
  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Luxembourg, you are probably eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after being resident in Luxembourg for a period of 5 years.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

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The passport for Luxembourg allows you to travel to 160 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 11.

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