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Kamou vo Lusérn
Gemeinde von Lusern
Comune di Luserna
Square in Lusérn
Square in Lusérn
Coat of arms of Luserna
Coat of arms
Luserna is located in Italy
Location of Luserna in Italy
Coordinates: 45°55′N 11°19′E / 45.917°N 11.317°E / 45.917; 11.317Coordinates: 45°55′N 11°19′E / 45.917°N 11.317°E / 45.917; 11.317
Country Italy
Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
Province Trentino (TN)
 • Mayor Luigi Nicolussi
 • Total 8.2 km2 (3.2 sq mi)
Elevation 1,333 m (4,373 ft)
Population (31 December 2007)
 • Total 300
 • Density 37/km2 (95/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 38040
Dialing code 0464
Website Official website

Luserna (Cimbrian: Lusérn, German: Lusern) is a comune (municipality) in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) southeast of Trento. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 284 and an area of 8.2 square kilometres (3.2 sq mi).[1]

Lusérn borders the following municipalities: Caldonazzo, Lavarone, Levico Terme, Pedemonte, Rotzo and Valdastico.

Cimbrian culture and language[edit]

Luserna seen from Forte Belvedere Gschwent
Bilingual signs in both Italian and German

Lusérn is the centre of Cimbrian language and culture. In the 2001 census, around 90% of the people of Lusérn stated Cimbrian, an Upper German dialect of the Germanic language, to be their first language.[2] Formerly, Cimbrian was also spoken in neighbouring Lavarone and in the so-called Seven Communities and Thirteen Communities.[3] A cultural institute was decreed by provincial law and receives funds from the Italian state to help preserve the unique tradition, culture and language.[4]

The Cimbrian spoken in Lusérn is a slightly different dialect from Cimbrian spoken elsewhere.[5]

Cimbrian German English

Vatar ünsar
bo Do pist in Hümbl,
as da sai haile Doi Nàm.
Dain Raich kime.[6]

Vater unser
der Du bist im Himmel,
geheiligt werde Dein Name.
Dein Reich komme.

Our Father
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,

Demographic evolution[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ "Tav. I.5 - Appartenenza alla popolazione di lingua ladina, mochena e cimbra, per comune di area di residenza (Censimento 2001)" (PDF). Annuario Statistico 2006 (in Italian). Autonomous Province of Trento. 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
  3. ^ Schweizer, Bruno (2008), James R. Dow, ed., Zimbrische Gesamtgrammatik (in German), Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag
  4. ^ "Autonomous Province of Trento and local linguistic minorities" (PDF). Minoranze Linguistiche - servizio per la promozione delle minoranze linguistiche locali. Autonomous Province of Trento. 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
  5. ^ "Vaterunser (Luserner Zimbrisch)" (in Lusérn Cimbrian). Kulturinstitut Lusern. 2006. Retrieved 2011-05-13.
  6. ^ "Das Vaterunser auf Lusérner Zimbrisch" (in Cimbrian). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 2006. Retrieved 2011-05-13.

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