All names but one have certain vowels in common: A, E, I, U and Y. All these vowels occur more than once in the list. The only exception is Luxembourg with its 'o'. But maybe that's not it. Seems a little far-fetched.
Well, USA, UK and France are also spelt by the locals the way I spell them. Also true for India and Sri Lanka much of the time, except when they're using a different alphabet. Let's say this though: Canada is known as Canada in any language that uses the Roman alphabet (I think), while the others all have at least one variant name used in another language. [ November 05, 2003: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]
Let's see. Vatican is actually a Country (as far as I remember). I'd guess that Canada is the only one that have more than one OFFICIAL language. All the others may have secondary languages (such as english on so many places), but the official one is still only one. I'm not sure if that happens in Switzerland (german/french) and India (indian?/english?) or even in the Vatican (italian/Latin... also not sure). That would be my guess, though... I'm not sure if those secondary langages are a 'de jure' standard (as i think it is in Canada).
Hey, I really enjoyed this 'Programming Diversions' thread! [ November 05, 2003: Message edited by: Gustavo Torreti ]
You were trained to handle mission impossible; 'difficult' should be a walk in the park for you.
Okay...now to the answer. I have visited all the countries in the list except Canada. That's what is special about it Hooray...at last I managed to ask a question to which Jim couldn't give the correct answer I'ts not a fair game, I know....but still...Hooray [ November 05, 2003: Message edited by: Mani Ram ]