Community: This global group holds relaxed and friendly gatherings for international residents, like one of its most recent ones at the Magnum Club.
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It is not easy to ignore a Luxembourg InterNations event when you know this community is the world-leading network for people who live and work abroad. So Delano must say that they nailed it again with their “Friday Night Fever” party at the Magnum Club in Limpertsberg on 7 August.
Old and new members enjoyed half priced drinks and a sophisticated yet casual night of good old night-clubbing, but also profited from a valuable opportunity to connect with other expats and even locals who are also members and share the “global mind” anthem of the still growing multi-cultural community.
Different perspectives, similar experiences
Gilles Everling is one of them. A computer science schoolteacher from Luxembourg and an InterNations member since 2008, he is very used to international environments. He frequently attends the organisation’s events not only to meet new friends and to interact with people from other cultures that have different perspectives of things, but also to practice his English.
Others attend for slightly different reasons. Like Kenneth Fyrsterling from Denmark, a translator for the European Commission who goes regularly to InterNations events like the Magnum Club party because it allows him to “get in touch with the world”.
He also said that the common issues of arriving in a new country, including job searching and even administrative errands, are easier to overcome with the support of people who really know what you are dealing with because they too have been in that same position.
On its website the InterNations Luxembourg community counts more than 12,400 members from 170 countries. That includes about 1,000 members with a premium membership. Earlier this year the group told Delano there were more than 2,000 members active in its events in the Grand Duchy.
Mirco Rubel, ambassador of the local community and who is originally from Germany, explained on 7 August that there are not many other InterNations groups as diverse as the Luxembourg one. While normally 30% of a community’s members are locals, in Luxembourg they only represent 10% of its adherents, a percentage that needs very little explanation given the nature of the country’s demographic constitution.
And this could definitely explain why the hot weather and difficult parking were no impediments for filling up the Magnum Club that night. The outfit hosts at least three big events per month, that normally attract around 200 members. The Luxembourg InterNations community also has a never-ending list of other activities organised by groups of interest such as sports, going to the movies, cooking or painting. What do they all have in common?
Two key factors: English is the main language to communicate with others and the desire to be part of a social network (also in the digital sense) that can make expat life much more easier and even more enriching.