This is the very first word to learn and use in Luxembourgish. ‘Wéi geet et?’ would be a nice addition to it, together meaning: ‘Morning! How are you?’.
Nowadays, ‘Moien’ is used throughout the day, from dawn to dusk and beyond, whereas less and less people use ‘Mëtteg’ and ‘Nowend’ for the afternoon or evening, respectively.
If you like to mix things up, ‘salut’, ‘hallo’ or ‘hey’ are perfectly acceptable alternatives. You pick! Anyway: Moien, and welcome to the world of Emoxies!
‘Äddi’ is the counterpart to ‘Moien’ and very close to the French ‘Adieu’, even though Luxembourgers use it more casually.
For your pronunciation, just think of an Eddy you know, and you’ll be spot on! ‘Bis dann!’ (‘see you!’) or ‘Bis geschwënn!’ (‘see you soon!’) are also commonly used.
Don’t leave just yet though, there are quite a few Emoxies left for you to discover!
In 2017, Luxembourg announced its aim to ‘contribute to the peaceful exploration and sustainable utilization of space resources for the benefit of humankind’.
To the global public, the space resources initiative may have sounded surprising.
But why not? We have proven our courage and innovative spirit, and are keen to take on new challenges, together with our partners. Join us in orbit!
Progress cannot be stopped, they say. But it doesn’t come by itself either.
Although not seeking to reinvent the wheel – or its contemporary equivalents, Luxembourg joins its European partners in systematically promoting innovation and entrepreneurship by way of investments from government and the business community.
Seize the opportunity!
Luxembourg is currently ramping up its capacity to produce green energy. Wind power plays a key part in this.
Several new wind parks are in the process of being planned, authorised or constructed, in addition to those already in operation.
Considerable investment is being undertaken across-the-board to raise the country’s potential for renewable energy to the fullest.
Luxembourg has a well-connected international airport, serving more than 70 destinations with direct passenger flights.
Thanks to the country’s location in the heart of Europe, you can hop on a plane and be more or less anywhere in Europe within 2 hours. With more than 800 flights per week on average, the ‘Findel’ is a true travel hub, it’s also among the world’s busiest airports, ranked by cargo traffic.
Luxembourg is in fact home to one of the biggest cargo airlines in the world. From horses to tigers, fresh mangos to precious objects, Luxembourg ships items around the globe.
Some Luxembourgers will remember the old Luxembourg-City Tram, running from 1875 until 1964.
Today, we have a brand new, modern version, which has already proven to be a great success as it improves the flow of people coming to work in the city each day.
Given the constant growth in population and need for mobility in Luxembourg, the new tram line will connect key areas of the city with multimodal interchanges at its periphery. Roll on, tram!
This one comes in handy because, strangely enough, Luxembourgish has no exact equivalent for the verb ‘to love’.
Of course, we still enjoy this very special pleasure of life, as we do many others, too.
So, is Luxembourg a place to fall in love? To fall in love with, at least. Of that there is no doubt!
Everywhere in the world, people are fascinated by flying. And Luxembourgers are no exception. Which is probably why hot-air ballooning, with its aura of pioneering discovery and the competitive spirit, attracts such great interest. The main event is the biannual Luxembourg Balloon Trophy, an international, high-level sports competition and thrilling happening for all visitors. In 2018, Luxembourg baptised a balloon of its own, LX-BLX which will fly in competitions all over the world. Happy spotting!
Bees zealously collect nectar in fields, forests and flower-beds to produce the delicious honey we cherish. When flying from one plant to the next, they also act as a pollinator and thereby play a key role for a working ecological system: no bees, no plant reproduction. There you have at least two reasons for celebrating and for protecting bees. And, if you’re not busy as a bee already, why not keep bees yourself? Just as in other European countries, beekeeping is on the rise in Luxembourg, even within the capital. Plants are being pollinated, honey is being produced and a lot of care is being given to these hardworking little insects.
Luxembourg-City’s anything but flat topography made the funicular a perfect link in an evolving network of urban mobility. Since late 2017, a brand-new funicular has been in service. It connects the Pfaffenthal railway station and transfer hub in the lower part of Luxembourg-City with the new tramway operating on and from the Kirchberg plateau, the city’s European district and business centre. This brand-new infrastructure plays a key role in the new mobility concept implemented in the capital and beyond. The funicular’s difference in altitude is a mere 40 meters, yet even if you deem yourself athletic, you would hardly wish to make the climb every (working) day and get all sweaty, would you? The funicular carries you up in about 63 seconds!
True, fireworks are common around the world.
Yet in Luxembourg, they really are enjoyed as a closing (or opening) act for many great events, including the yearly funfair ‘Schueberfouer’ and the national holiday in June.
We’ve celebrated this holiday – the anniversary of the Grand Duchess or Grand Duke – on the same day for three generations, even though it’s not actually her (or his) birthday. Anyway, see you on the eve of June 23rd!
Luxembourgers are proud of their heritage and their language, but they are pragmatic about it as well. On top of the three official languages of the country – Luxembourgish, German and French, English is also taught as a mandatory subject in school.
Furthermore, many people speak other languages such as Portuguese, Italian or Spanish. In fact, an average resident speaks 3.6 languages!
In any case, given that the international community makes up roughly 47% of Luxembourg’s population, you will always find someone who understands you.
In our neighbouring countries of Belgium and Germany, the choice may be larger, but our (growing) offer of locally brewed beer can surely compete when it comes to taste and quality.
The offer ranges from beers brewed in historical breweries with a long tradition, to new craft beers from start-up breweries, and everything in between.
Luxembourg even exports beers, to countries such as Belgium, Germany, and China!
Since 1991 ‘Crémant’ has been Luxembourg’s answer to French Champagne, quickly becoming an all-time favourite.
Just like the champagne method, Crémant is made of grapes harvested by hand and fermented in the bottle. By the way, Luxembourg is one of the few countries allowed to produce the sparkling wine named Crémant outside France.
Luxembourgish Crémant regularly impresses juries at international competitions and remains our drink of choice to toast those special moments. Prost!
Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Rivaner, Elbling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir – those are the main grape varieties one can find in Luxembourg, mainly along the Moselle, due to its mild climate.
Since Roman times, a genuine wine culture has developed, with at its heart, wine tastings, festivals and all kinds of festivities.
Meet you at the Moselle, for a glass of wine, or two!
If, all of a sudden, you happen to hear a marching band approaching your home, rest assured: it’s neither the Mardi Gras nor any official type of ceremony! It’s the so-called ‘mutton march’. In a long-standing tradition, local music groups play the unmistakeable march in the streets, inviting people to the town fair. The tradition has been upheld, although the march has nowadays mostly become an important opportunity for music groups to raise funds – so be generous! Why the sheep? Back in the day, they served as prizes at the fair and were taken along as an attraction or ‘teaser’. These days, marches rarely feature any livestock, but should you happen to spot a stray lamb, don’t worry, they will be fine! You just can’t win them anymore.
A favourite of our culinary culture, and not merely for its phonetics. There is no local fair, or Schueberfouer, without our tasty ‘Gromperekichelcher‘, rounded off with some delicious apple sauce.
For most Luxembourgers, these fried potato cakes bring back childhood memories, and of course Grand Ma’s are always the best.
Make sure you get to taste one!
No doubt, blue skies and bright sunshine are good for everyone’s mood. Of course, this applies especially to countries like Luxembourg, where one is necessarily familiar with the contrast of showers and pouring rain.
When the sun comes out, the terraces fill up, sports seem easier, parks get busy, children are heard playing. It typically starts in spring when weather conditions improve and can last well into a golden autumn.
May the sun be with you!