I am an italian expatriate in Luxembourg and would like to help newcomers in Luxembourg. Please find below my to-do-list with my tips to prepare your expatriation in Luxembourg and to facilitate your moving in. I moved to Luxembourg with my family in 2015 and living here is great!
Contact people before and after your arrival
When you arrive in a new country, integrating may be difficult if you don’t know anyone. You have to rely only on you.
Before moving to Luxembourg I suggest you to adhere to groups on Facebook or other platforms to get in contact with people. This will help you a lot, getting some information and tips from people who have been living here for years.
Don’t hesitate to attend lots of training courses (language or anything else) and try to start new friendships with more people as you can. Remember that foreigners are all in the same boat. You can’t imagine how many nice and yes-persons you will meet !
Good food in Luxembourg
I am Italian, and Italian people are a little complicate with food. It may be because we have lots of different and fantastic dishes (I know, I am a bit partial!), but sometimes we are quite judgmental of foreign food…
Don’t worry ! Food is really good in Luxembourg and you can find lots of places to eat (restaurants, café, etc.), where to buy good meal and also where you can find a lot of ethnic food.
So, don’t be afraid: you won’t be starved, far from it! In fact, at the restaurants, portions are always very big. So, be warned…
Cleaning products, better to buy in Germany than Luxembourg
Cleaning products are undoubtedly one of the very expensive thing in Luxembourg. One of my tip is to go shopping cleaning products, nappies, shampoo etc in neighbouring countries. It could also be a nice opportunity to go away on a trip with your family in Germany, Belgium or France. Thery are really worth a visit.
Learn languages in Luxembourg
If you are moving to Luxembourg it is really important to learn more languages as you can. English, but also Luxembourgish, French or German, as they are all 3 national languages. More than in any other country, it is an advantage and a duty to be able to speak several languages to discuss with others, most of all if you are looking for a job.
Here in Luxembourg people are very smart in languages and most of them speak almost fluent at least three languages. So, if you are already multilingual, good for you. Otherwise, roll up your sleeves and start a language course!
Motor vehicle and driving license
If you are planning to stay in Luxembourg more than 6 months, you have to change your license plate and to do some other administrative procedures for your vehicle (customs clearance of your vehicles, Motor Vehicle Roadworthiness testing, assurance, driving license, etc.). No panic: even if it seems to be a hard thing to do, it is quite simple and fast. You can find information about motor vehicles in the Just Arrived website.
Chèque service, a state help for your children
If you have children, one of the most important thing you must do, as soon as you arrive here in Luxembourg, is the cheque service card. It permits you to have an economic help from the state, which pays you a part of the tuition and registration fees at the créches, schools or other activities (sport, music etc.) You can find a lot of info on this website about Cheque Service Accueil and ask it directly at the municipal administration of your city.
Having a pet in Luxembourg
If you are moving to Luxembourg and have a dog, there are some administrative procedures you have to check. First of all, when you are still in your home country, go to the vet and explain him what is going to happen. He will tell you what steps to follow (microchip, vaccinations, passport). Once you’ve arrived here in Luxembourg, take an appointment with a local vet to finish all the administrative practices requested.
To take care of your furry friends when you move out of Luxembourg for few days, there are a lot of structures and cat or dog sitters. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to ask your new Luxembourgish friends for advice!