FACTS & FIGURES

10 Reasons to consider Luxembourg

Although small in size (2,586 km2), Luxembourg has a thriving economy and is renowned for its standard of living. Below you will find key figures that give a snapshot of why Luxembourg’s research landscape is so attractive.

1. AN INNOVATION LEADER

Luxembourg is among the top 15 most innovative countries in the world and is an innovation leader in Europe due to its #1 rankings in ‘attractive research systems’ and ‘intellectual assets’.
(IMD Global Innovation Index 2020, European Innovation Scoreboard 2020)

2. EXCELLENCE IN KEY DOMAINS

Luxembourg has set up a comprehensive research system in under two decades, focusing on a handful of key areas such as materials, health, ICT and data science. 16 ERC grants were awarded between 2014 and 2020.

3. RESEARCH IS A NATIONAL PRIORITY

Luxembourg has one of the fastest-growing public research budgets in Europe.
(research budget increased fourteen-fold since year 2000)

4. INTERNATIONAL MINDSET

With 80% of scientists being foreign nationals, excellent funding opportunities for joint research projects have caused a majority of publications to be coauthored with scientists abroad.

5. STATE OF THE ART RESEARCH FACILITIES

Luxembourg is ranked No. 5 in the Worldwide Broadband Speed League 2020 and its research institutions are equipped with cutting-edge technology.
(Worldwide Broadband Speed League 2020)

6. ATTRACTIVE FOR TALENTS

Luxembourg is No. 2 worldwide when it comes to talent attraction and No. 4 worldwide when it comes to talent retention.
(INSEAD Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020)

7. A COMPETITIVE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

Luxembourg is the fifth most competitive economy in the EU.
(IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2020)

8. AN ORIENTATION TOWARDS THE FUTURE

Luxembourg’s government is ranked No. 1 for its commitment to sustainability, an indication of its future orientation. 
(WEF The Global Competitiveness Report 2019)

9. BELVAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CAMPUS

Belval is the centerpiece of one of the largest urban repurposing projects in Europe, representing a one billion Euro investment. It comprises the University, the research centres, business incubators and innovation agencies on one shared site to showcase Luxembourg’s public research.

10. HIGHLY QUALIFIED WORKFORCE

Luxembourg is No. 1 in Europe for knowledge-intensive jobs.
(European Innovation Scoreboard 2020)

Key R&D Figures

2700+

R&D staff in the public sector

Public Research Actors

  • University of Luxembourg
  • Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
  • Luxembourg  Institute of Health (LIH)    & Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg  (IBBL)
  • Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
  • Luxembourg National Research Fund as the main funder of  research activities

3100+

R&D staff in the private sector

Leading Private Research Actors

  • ArcelorMittal
  • Delphi
  • Dupont de Nemours
  • Goodyear
  • IEE
  • SES
  • Husky Injection Molding Systems

2.2x

R&D positions in public research have more than doubled between 2009 and 2019

3.9x

The rise in budget dedicated to public research has almost quadrupled between 2009 and 2019