“The country needed to showcase the diversity and positivity that many expats enjoy,” Delano Magazine editor Duncan Roberts
Photo: Maison Moderne
In his last editorial of the year, Delano Magazine editor Duncan Roberts reflects on the many achievements by people in Luxembourg over the past year.
As 2017 winds to a close, there is much that the grand duchy can be proud of. Twelve months ago, the world was facing the new year with some trepidation. The result of the Brexit referendum and the election victory of Donald Trump had left many people in shock, and the prospect of further political earthquakes at elections in the Netherlands, and in Luxembourg’s neighbours France and Germany, was very real.
But Dutch and French voters rejected their right-wing extremists, and after a difficult autumn, Germany looks likely to find a pragmatic solution to the political stalemate that resulted from its election. So, as it turns out, one of the biggest electoral shake ups of 2017 was in Esch-sur-Alzette, where the socialist LSAP was turfed out of local government for the first time in living memory.
As the year winds down, however, thoughts should turn to the more positive. At the end of 2016, Luxembourg had just launched its “Let’s make it happen” campaign. To improve its image abroad, the country needed to showcase the diversity and positivity that many expats enjoy so much they have decided to make it their permanent home.
To this end, throughout 2017, Delano and its publishing house, Maison Moderne, has been honouring the people who help put the grand duchy on the map. Under the “Celebrating Luxembourg” banner, we have profiled politicians, diplomats, sports stars, musicians and film directors, researchers and entrepreneurs both at home and abroad.
The climax of the campaign was a live event celebrating these people on 13 December. Our research unveiled a wealth of incredible talent in some surprising fields of work. People like animation artist Tanja Majerus, who works on The Simpsons in Los Angeles, or elite BMX athlete Viki Gomez. Then there are the more familiar worthies, like René Closter, who has dedicated much of his life to Luxembourg Air Rescue, or world record strongman Georges Christen.
Nobody is pretending that Luxembourg is perfect. But there is much to celebrate about the country, its achievements and the people who make it such an exceptional place to live.
This year has seen Luxembourg make international headlines with its pioneering foray into the space mining sector, and flood mapping technology developed here helped aid efforts in the US following hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Even on the sporting front, where Luxembourg has so long struggled, Gilles Muller and the national football team gave us plenty to cheer about.
Let’s hope that in 2018 the grand duchy will continue to forge positivity and celebrate its diversity.