Luxembourg Business Travel Guide

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The Luxembourg Business Travel Guide features an assortment of traveller tools and resources for business travellers to assist them on their trips. The guide contains information such as facts on Luxembourg, visa information business customs, culture, tips, and more. Knowledge and understanding of other cultures, languages, customs and traditions can be a great advantage for business travellers helping to achieve better understanding, avoid cultural misunderstandings and helping to create a more successful business trip.

Luxembourg has an advanced and developed economy with a number of business opportunities. It is one of the smallest countries in Europe, the country has one of the highest GDP (PPP) per capita in the world. It is a founding member of the EU, OECD, Benelux and NATO. Major trading partners include EU neighbours Germany, France, Belgium, UK and China. Luxembourg is located in western Europe, the landlocked country shares borders with Germany to the east, France to the south and Belgium to the north and west.

Despite the compact nature of Luxembourg the country has a variety of landscapes including rivers, forests, hills, low mountains with a range of flora and fauna. Famous attractions include the Grand Ducal Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral, National Museum of History and Art, Luxembourg City History Museum and in the capital Luxembourg City and Bock, Vianden Castle, Parc Merveilleux and Bourscheid Castle.

Luxembourg Guide

Quick Facts on Luxembourg
Luxembourg Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Luxembourg Map
Luxembourg Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on Luxembourg

Country: Luxembourg

Capital: Luxembourg City

Currency: Euro (1 euro = 100 cents)

Population: 523,000 (UN, 2012)

Area total: 2,586 sq km

Languages: French, German, Luxemborgish

Time Zone: GMT +1

Electricity: 220V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 352

GDP: USD 60.38bn (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Predominately Catholic.

Political System: Constitutional Monarchy

Internet Domain: .lu

Luxembourg Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to Luxembourg. Here you can further information on entry requirements for Luxembourg, advice on local laws and customs, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British Embassy in Luxembourg. The information is usually updated regularly making it a valuable resource to check for both business and leisure travellers, before starting their trips to Luxembourg. For more information please see: Luxembourg Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Luxembourg Embassy UK

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business meetings need to be booked in advance, business dress is smart and conservative, greetings are usually with a handshake. Punctuality and good time keeping are deemed as essential qualities, there is often little small talk and the business on the agenda is discussed. Business cards are exchanged after introductions. There is strict adherence to procedures and protocols with the agreements and contracts being meticulously checked.

Ensure proposals, paper work and presentations are of a very high standard and have been thoroughly checked. Decisions can take time with bureaucracy and hierarchical decision making. Many business people in Luxembourg speak English, however there are translators available if needed. The holiday season includes Easter week, July and August and Christmas and New Year, when businesses may be closed; it is best to avoid visiting for business at these times.

Travel Advice and Tips

Luxembourg is a relatively safe country for business visitors and tourists. The vast majority of trips to Luxembourg pass each year without any incidents. Care should be taken to not display valuables in public view and always ensure you are alert and fully aware of your surroundings and environment.

Travel Checklist: See our Packing & Travel Checklist containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: It is recommended you check with your GP whether you require any travel vaccinations up to eight weeks before you travel. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Businesses:
8.00 to 12.00 then 14.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday

For Shops:
08.30 to 18.00

For Banks:
08.30 to 16.30 Monday to Friday

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

January 1: New Year's Day
April 6: Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
May 14: Ascension Day
May 25: Whit Monday
June 23: National Day
August 15: Assumption Day
September 7: Luxembourg City Kermesse (Luxembourg City only)
November 1: All Saint's Day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: St. Stephen's Day

Luxembourg Map

Map of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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Luxembourg Weather & Climate

Luxembourg has temperate climate with cool to warm summers and mild winters, there is rainfall throughout the year. Between the north and south of the country there are differences in temperatures especially in the summer months where the temperatures in the south may be noticeably higher than in the north. The sunniest time is the May to September period. Luxembourg's climate ensuring it is a destination that can be visited throughout the year.

Lightweight cotton and linen clothing can be warn in the summer months; additional layers and warmer clothing is required during the autumn and winter months. It is useful to have water proof clothing throughout the year with rain coats and umbrellas.

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