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Luxembourg (and its neighbor to the south):

Digression o' the Day for February 18, 1999

In the discussion of exchange rates, there was some question about whether Luxembourg had its own currency or instead used, e.g., the Swiss franc, and about whether the capital of Luxembourg was Luxembourg City.  The numerical examples of exchange rates involved French currency, whimsically styled as the "Coca-Cola" rather than as the French franc.

Here's a list of current exchange rates for European currencies

Note that there is a "Luxembourg franc" listed, implying that it is a separate currency.  The Altapedia entry on Luxembourg similarly lists the "Franc (LuF)" as the currency--and also lists Luxembourg City as the capital.) 

Note also that the list of current exchange rates for European currencies now includes the Euro, the "non-currency currency" that cannot be used as cash but is being phased in for a variety of other transactions.  For more information on the Euro, you may wish to see the EU's view of the Euro or a special section from CNN On-Line on the Euro

For a broader spectrum of foreign currencies, thank the Washington Post, which is headquartered in our nation's capital (which in turn contains our nation's Capitol), and then go to the Post's page allowing you to check exchange rates for currencies from all around the world.

For a discussion of a visit to the capital of France ("France City," as you know) that somehow excludes a discussion of either the exchange rate or Coca-Colas, see part one and part two of a two-part series by syndicated funny guy and off-line fellow Dave Barry.  For more serious and comprehensive information, try this index page addressed to the City of Light.

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