This series pays homage to Luxembourg’s Portuguese in all their diversity. They confide in their contrasting relationship between two cultures: the origin, the Portuguese, and the culture of adoption, the Luxembourgish.
In this episode, we went to the Sopinor offices and to the symbolic tram site, in the Cloche d’Or.
“I came by bus with my family, with two canaries and a small suitcase. He arrived in Luxembourg at the age of 22, looking forbetter lifeOrlando Pinto, president of Sopinor, climbed the ladder until he founded his own construction company in 2002.
“We went to the pits if we had to, worked hard and never said no.Orlando Pinto got into the construction business when he started.shovel and axe;As he juggled evening classes to become a master builder.
He sticks around and his work ends up paying off since he then becomes team leader, then site manager. After 20 years in the business, he founded his company Sopinor. In the beginning, they are four collaborators. Now the company has 500 employees, 80% of whom are Portuguese. “The Portuguese community was highly respected in Luxembourg.“
In 40 years, Orlando has transformed the country. “There were mostly small villages. There was a lot to do. Today, Luxembourg is really ahead.”
“Portuguese Luxembourg” is broadcast every Saturday, only on RTL 5minutes and Replay it on RTL Play.
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