Luxembourg. According to Countryaah website, national day of Luxembourg is every June 23. Luxembourg’s banking secrecy came into focus again as the EU tried to get a number of other tax havens to enter into cross-border information exchange agreements on foreigners’ bank accounts. Luxembourg was one of three EU countries that drafted transitional rules with the option of taxing interest income rather than disclosing information. But Switzerland demanded a significantly higher interest rate to join, which towards the end of the year seemed to jeopardize the entire agreement.
In November, 20 of 22 people died aboard a Luxair plane when it crashed just before landing in Luxembourg. It was foggy at the time of the accident. The plane came from Berlin and most of the dead were German businessmen.
Vaccination against covid-19 begins, stricter restrictions
The first vaccinations against covid-19 are being carried out, after Luxembourg, like other EU countries, received a first batch of a vaccine developed by Pfizer and Biontech. In the first round, 1,300 people receive the first of two syringes required. Two days earlier, on the second day of Christmas, new, stricter restrictions had come into force: the curfew imposed in November now applies from 9 pm, all non-essential shops have been forced to close and the start of school after the holidays has been postponed until 10 January.
New shutdown due to pandemic
The government decides to close bars, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and gyms until mid-December, to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Similar closures already exist in neighboring countries. There is already a curfew between 23 and 06, and a maximum of four visitors are allowed in the home. The spread of infection in Luxembourg is the highest per capita in the EU, according to the EU’s infection control authority ECDC.