View Full Version : The mini Luxemburg quizz...


Julien
Dec 04, 2001, 09:19 AM
I'll be brief on this quizz of the tiniest country of the EU so far. There isn't much to ask about it, eventhough I know it well for having lived most of my life some 80km from there.

Questions for dumbs Am... :

1) Where is Luxemburg ?

2) What's the capital of Luxemburg ?

3) About how many people live in Luxemburg

Normal questions now :

4) Who is the head of state of Luxemburg ?

5) What languages are spoken in Luxemburg and which one(s) is/are official(s) ?

6) In the end of the middle ages, the Duke of Luxemburg was also king of another European region, much larger. Which one is it ?

7) What was the national currency of Luxemburg before the Euro ?

8) How many countries border Luxemburg ?

9) What European institution has its siege in Luxemburg ?

10) I can't think of a tenth question that people might be able to answer...

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The Balrog
Dec 04, 2001, 09:33 AM
I know that the smallest state is the vatikan state.

The Balrog
Dec 04, 2001, 09:36 AM
The poll is pretty dumb, what if you dont live nearby or there then what am i gonna answer?

Mikoyan
Dec 04, 2001, 09:40 AM
I know what Luxemburg is but i don't live there or nearby:rolleyes:
1. The Benelux
2. Luxembourg
3. 400.000
4. Dunno
5. The spoken languages are: Luxembourgeois(official), French and German
6. Dunno
7. 1 Luxemburg Franc 100 centimes
8. 3: Germany, Belgium and France
9. Dunno

Julien
Dec 04, 2001, 09:54 AM
Miyokan, you've got them all right (but the ones left unanswered :rolleyes: ).

Nevertheless, French is also an official language and the one used by the government, as "Lietzebuerger" is a dialect of German and cannot be written. All people speak both French and Luxemburger, can read and write in German as well (though they don't like to speak it and speak their dialect instead). Most people can speak English as well. Movies are neither dubbed in French like in France and Belgium, nor in German like in Germany and Austria, but kept in original version with French subtitles.
10% of the population being made of Portuguese immigrants (don't ask me why they came there:confused: ) , Portuguese is also spoken- and that's weird enough.

Spacecow, for the poll, I know it's dumb, but it's just for fun. If you know where it is and don't live nearby, doesn't matter. Anyway, If you can answer the first question it already says that you know Luxemburg. Take it easy...

The Balrog
Dec 04, 2001, 10:07 AM
I knew all the answers to, i just didnt want to sound as if i am a know it all.:rolleyes:

Knight-Dragon
Dec 04, 2001, 10:58 AM
"6) In the end of the middle ages, the Duke of Luxemburg was also king of another European region, much larger. Which one is it?"

The Holy Roman Empire?

Julien
Dec 04, 2001, 11:03 AM
No, not that big ! It was not an empire, just a regular kingdom. Tip : it was not very near from Luxemburg.

Thuloid
Dec 04, 2001, 05:53 PM
Luxembourg was a Hapsburg territory. So you're referring to Spain?

I should know this, I live about 40km from Luxembourg.

Most interesting thing I can think of about Luxembourg is that King John the Blind of Bohemia (he really was blind) who died at Crecy (he managed to reach the English lines, but, obviously, wasn't much good once he got there...) is buried there, as is Patton. That, and it was Christianized by a dude named St. Willibrord (for the record, my favorite obscure saint name).

Julien
Dec 04, 2001, 11:09 PM
Where do you live Thuloid ? We must be neighbours I guess - well, except that I have moved to Japan now.

It was John the blind of Luxemburg, king of Bohemia (nowadays Czech Rep.) I was referring to. Luxemburg became a Habsburg territory only a century later, after the marriage alliance between Burgundese and Austrian Habsburg.


Q4 & 9 are still open. For Q4, I'd be happy with the monarch, not the Prime minister.

Thuloid
Dec 05, 2001, 09:20 PM
I live, currently, in a little village in Germany about 30km from Trier (on the other side of Luxembourg from you). Incidentally, I used to live in Japan, many years ago (I was 6 when I left). How interesting.

4.Grand Duke Jean
9.There are lots of European governmental and financial bodies with offices in Luxembourg. I'm afraid I don't know enough to have some idea which one you mean. Also the headquarters for RTL are there.

Where in Japan?

Julien
Dec 06, 2001, 08:42 AM
Originally posted by Thuloid
I live, currently, in a little village in Germany about 30km from Trier (on the other side of Luxembourg from you). Incidentally, I used to live in Japan, many years ago (I was 6 when I left). How interesting.

4.Grand Duke Jean
9.There are lots of European governmental and financial bodies with offices in Luxembourg. I'm afraid I don't know enough to have some idea which one you mean. Also the headquarters for RTL are there.

Where in Japan?

Q4 : right !

Trier isn't it ? I have been there with my Japanese girlfriend last July before to go back to Japan. We presently live in central Tokyo. Ima nihongo wo benkyou wo ****eirun desu ga, amari jouzu ja nai.
Well, I don't know if you've learned some Japanese there ; maybe you were too young to remember. Where were you living ?

Ich spreche auch ein bischen Deutsch, weil Ich habe Ausstauchschuler 4 Monaten in Berlin gewesen. Aber ich kann nicht mehr errineren. :o Es macht schon 4 Jahren dass ich nicht mehr Deutsch benutzt habe.

Tschuess !

Julien
Dec 06, 2001, 08:48 AM
That's funny, the forum doesn't accept my Japanese ! Maybe because the verb to be has "s h i t" in it ? Thunderfall, you should create a language detector in your superb censoring programme !:lol:

Hamlet
Dec 06, 2001, 10:28 AM
Originally posted by Julien
I'll be brief on this quizz of the tiniest country of the EU so far. There isn't much to ask about it, eventhough I know it well for having lived most of my life some 80km from there.

Questions for dumbs Am... :

Originally posted by Julien
1) Where is Luxemburg ?

Near Belgium and France. Also, you spelt it wrong, I think.

Originally posted by Julien
2) What's the capital of Luxemburg ?

Luxembourg.

Originally posted by Julien
3) About how many people live in Luxemburg

300,000?

Originally posted by Julien
Normal questions now :

4) Who is the head of state of Luxemburg ?

Not sure. I can't remember whether Lux is a monarchy or a republic.

Originally posted by Julien
5) What languages are spoken in Luxemburg and which one(s) is/are official(s) ?

French, German, Dutch, I think. Methinks French is the offical one.

Originally posted by Julien
6) In the end of the middle ages, the Duke of Luxemburg was also king of another European region, much larger. Which one is it ?

Burgundy?

Originally posted by Julien
7) What was the national currency of Luxemburg before the Euro ?

Not sure.

Originally posted by Julien
8) How many countries border Luxemburg ?

4?

Originally posted by Julien
9) What European institution has its siege in Luxemburg ?

Wtf is a siege?

Originally posted by Julien
10) I can't think of a tenth question that people might be able to answer...

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Hamlet
Dec 06, 2001, 10:31 AM
Originally posted by SpaceCow
The poll is pretty dumb, what if you dont live nearby or there

Use your knowledge?

Hamlet
Dec 06, 2001, 10:37 AM
Originally posted by SpaceCow
I know that the smallest state is the vatikan state.

It's not in the EU, though.

Julien
Dec 07, 2001, 08:13 AM
Hamlet, good to give it a try, but these questions were already answered, and eventhough you only got 1 and 2 right. "Luxemburg" is both the English and German spelling ; it is Luxembourg in French and Lietzebuerg in Luxemburger (dialect of German).

Sorry, but siege, I mean SEAT (:o a slip of tongue, or keyboard I don't know), which is the headquarters of a political institution.

Hadrian
Dec 07, 2001, 09:10 AM
Of course HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE! Think of Karl IV. 1346-1378. I thought you're Luxemburgian, so you should know better!

And btw (to all Americans), it's HABSBURG, not Hapsburg! Someone must have taught you wrong.

Hadrian
Dec 07, 2001, 09:20 AM
The European Court (official term "The Court of Justice of the European Communities") has its seat in Luxemburg.

Hadrian
Dec 07, 2001, 09:26 AM
Julien, maybe this is a good 10th question:

10) When did Luxemburg become independent and what was the deal about it?

Julien
Dec 07, 2001, 09:36 AM
Of course HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE! Think of Karl IV. 1346-1378. I thought you're Luxemburgian, so you should know better!

Well done Hadrian ! No, I am not from Luxemburg.
You are right about Charles IV of Luxemburg. He was indeed elected king of the Romans, but I knew him better as king of Bohemia. Anyway, King of the Romans was more an honorifc title than anything else. He was also the father of John the blind that Knight-dragon cited. I apologize for having rejected the Holy Roman Empire earlier.

Q9 is correct as well.

I think this thread will die quietly now. Does anyone have more questions about Luxemburg ?

Hadrian
Dec 07, 2001, 09:43 AM
Well, not to play schoolmaster here, but wasn't it (also) Karl IV who pillaged Rome because the pope got fresh?
No no no, wait that was Karl V...

Luxemburg is an excellent example of how rather small countries can influence the fate of its surrounding greater neighbors.

Julien
Dec 07, 2001, 10:18 PM
Luxemburg is an excellent example of how rather small countries can influence the fate of its surrounding greater neighbors.

Luxemburg was just one of the numerous "principalties" (including duchies, kingdoms, counties...) of the Holy Roman Empire. Any of these semi-state could have spawn a great emperor, or stay in the darkness. I don't agree to say Luxemburg was a country in the middle ages, because, Bavaria, Hesse, Limburg, Liege, Wurtemberg or any other of the principalties of the Holy Roman Empire. What's more, most of them were German, Italian or French speaking as the HREmpire extended from Northern Germany and the Netherlands to Eastern France and Northern Italy. But all spoke dialects and there was not one German, but hundreds of them. Lietzebuerger is the dialect of Luxemburg still spoken by everybody there as the country hasn't been part of the uniformisation of the German language in the 19th century.:king:

Knight-Dragon
Dec 07, 2001, 10:46 PM
Originally posted by Julien
[B] You are right about Charles IV of Luxemburg. He was indeed elected king of the Romans, but I knew him better as king of Bohemia. Anyway, King of the Romans was more an honorifc title than anything else. He was also the father of John the blind that Knight-dragon cited. I apologize for having rejected the Holy Roman Empire earlier.Er, .... John who? :confused: :crazyeyes :)

Julien
Dec 07, 2001, 11:00 PM
Sorry, Thuloid cited John the Blind. But Knight-Dragon first thought of the Holy Roman Empire. I should check who post what before quoting people from my failing memory...:p

Knight-Dragon
Dec 07, 2001, 11:05 PM
Originally posted by Julien
Sorry, Thuloid cited John the Blind. But Knight-Dragon first thought of the Holy Roman Empire. I should check who post what before quoting people from my failing memory...:p From what I read/know/ppl telling me, falling memory is a sure sign of old age ..... :D

Thuloid
Dec 11, 2001, 06:46 PM
Originally posted by Julien


Q4 : right !

Trier isn't it ? I have been there with my Japanese girlfriend last July before to go back to Japan. We presently live in central Tokyo. Ima nihongo wo benkyou wo ****eirun desu ga, amari jouzu ja nai.
Well, I don't know if you've learned some Japanese there ; maybe you were too young to remember. Where were you living ?

Ich spreche auch ein bischen Deutsch, weil Ich habe Ausstauchschuler 4 Monaten in Berlin gewesen. Aber ich kann nicht mehr errineren. :o Es macht schon 4 Jahren dass ich nicht mehr Deutsch benutzt habe.

Tschuess !

I recognize a few Japanese words, but little else. I was 6 years old when I left, and haven't spoken it since (when I left, of course, my Japanese was good...). I lived far up on the northern tip of Honshu, in Tochigi prefecture. Extremely different from Tokyo, which I remember vaguely from a few visits.

Your German is somewhat better than mine, I'm afraid (I know just enough to read what you wrote). I am actually American, and only living in Germany temporarily (not that it isn't lovely, but one has obligations). For what it's worth, Belgium is my favorite country in Europe.

Thuloid
Dec 11, 2001, 06:48 PM
Originally posted by Hadrian


And btw (to all Americans), it's HABSBURG, not Hapsburg! Someone must have taught you wrong.

Sorry. I have a pad happit of missbelling that name.:D

Juize
Dec 11, 2001, 07:50 PM
1) Where is Luxemburg ?
South to Belgia and Netherlands ; One of BeNeLux countries.

2) What's the capital of Luxemburg ?
Luxemburg. (It's the only city, btw)

3) About how many people live in Luxemburg
50 000?

4) Who is the head of state of Luxemburg ?
No idea.

5) What languages are spoken in Luxemburg and which one(s) is/are official(s) ?
Belgium, German, French...

6) In the end of the middle ages, the Duke of Luxemburg was also king of another European region, much larger. Which one is it ?
Tell me.

7) What was the national currency of Luxemburg before the Euro ?
Belgium currency?

8) How many countries border Luxemburg ?
3; France, Germany and Belgium.

9) What European institution has its siege in Luxemburg ?
EU Bureycracy stuff. And lots of it.

Thuloid
Dec 12, 2001, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by Juize


2) What's the capital of Luxemburg ?
Luxemburg. (It's the only city, btw)

5) What languages are spoken in Luxemburg and which one(s) is/are official(s) ?
Belgium, German, French...

.

Not to be unnecessarily hard on you, but Luxembourg city is not the only city in Luxembourg (it is the only large city). There are lots of towns and villages of varying sizes in Luxembourg (lots relative to the size of the country, of course). I have had the good fortune of visiting several of them, and believe me, they really do exist.

Do you mean to imply that there is such a language as "Belgian?" Could you please post a sample?:D

geake
Dec 13, 2001, 12:42 PM
Originally posted by SpaceCow
The poll is pretty dumb, what if you dont live nearby or there then what am i gonna answer?

Well I think that you can answer that it's the name of a communist activist in germany around WWI, whose pretty firstname was Rosa.

Juize
Dec 13, 2001, 01:04 PM
Originally posted by Thuloid
Do you mean to imply that there is such a language as "Belgian?" Could you please post a sample?:D

Of course I can, just listen:

Olipa kerran henkilö nimeltänsä Juise. Hän liittyi Civilization Vanatiks sentteriin,
ja otti nimeksensä Juize. Sitten hän vastasi väärin Pelgia-kvizziin
ja sai huonon itsetunnon.

There ya go! :cool:

philippe
Apr 08, 2002, 12:20 AM
nononononno this is belgian
ik spreek nu vlaams en jij verstaat het niet!

Shabbaman
Apr 08, 2002, 07:21 AM
Originally posted by Julien

6) In the end of the middle ages, the Duke of Luxemburg was also king of another European region, much larger. Which one is it ?


The Netherlands.

Time to reclaim our lost properties. And with that I mean we should reclaim Belgium too. That'll teach them a lesson.

Let's barricade Antwerp again first!

Shabbaman
Apr 08, 2002, 07:31 AM
In addition to that, for anyone interested in Luxemburgs history:
check this out (http://www.gouvernement.lu/gouv/fr/doss/savoirlu/histoire.html)

You might want to refresh your knowledge of the French language first.

Also, you're all correct when you state that Luxemburg was part of the Roman empire, the Holy Roman empire, the French empire and whatever more, but those emperors undoubtly ;) never had the title Grand Duke of Luxemburg.