What does Spensa Mensa mean

What is the cafeteria?

Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, an Australian lawyer, and Dr. Lance Ware, lawyer and scientist founded. The two met by chance on a train in England and then had the idea of ​​founding an association for highly intelligent people, where the only requirement to become a member was to have a high IQ (intelligence quotient). The goals at that time, which are still valid today, were to form a non-political community independent of race and religion.

This community is open to everyone whose IQ is higher than 98% of society, regardless of lifestyle. The aim is that these people can meet and get to know each other and participate in a large number of social and cultural activities.

Nowadays, Mensa is a large international organization that is represented in over 100 countries, including Luxembourg since 1994. This is the online presence of Mensa Luxemburg. The links for the websites of other countries in Europe and the world are on the website of Mensa International (www.mensa.org)

What is Mensa Lëtzebuerg a.s.b.l.?

Mensa Luxemburg is the Luxembourg chapter of Mensa International. Mensa Luxemburg has been an independent association since 2001, before there was only one association for Belgium and Luxemburg together. Mensa Luxemburg is a politically and religiously neutral association (asbl association sans but lucratif) of highly gifted people from our greater region, from all professions and social classes, with the aim of bringing gifted people together and engaging in social and cultural activities meet and exchange. Mensa Lëtzebuerg a.s.b.l. is currently the only organization for gifted people in Luxembourg.

What kind of people are at Mensa?

The only requirement to become a cafeteria member is a high IQ. There are cafeterias of all ages, but most members are between 20 and 49 years old. Their level of education ranges from pre-school to multiple doctorates. There are canteens from almost all professions and social classes: professors, truck drivers, scientists, firefighters, computer programmers, farmers, artists, soldiers, musicians, actors, office workers, police officers, glassblowers, ... There are famous canteens, but above all there are very many of which one does not know. Most of the canteens are very humorous, like to talk (and a lot!) Some canteens are millionaires, others live on welfare. For most members, the cafeteria activities are a good opportunity to exchange ideas or simply to spend a pleasant time with like-minded people.

What are the goals of Mensa?

The cafeteria has three main goals:

  1. Recognize intelligence and use it for the benefit of mankind,
  2. the exploration of the nature, characteristics and usefulness of intelligence
  3. offering stimulating intellectual and social activities to its members.

How many members does Mensa have?

Today there are around 110,000 canteens worldwide. There are active canteen organizations in over 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

Members worldwide


over 100
Members in Luxembourg

Are there any famous cafeteria members?

A few examples of famous canteens:

  • Isaac Asimov, science fiction writer
  • Sir Clive Sinclair, inventor of the Sinclair Spectrum Computer
  • Marylin vos Savant, is a Guinness Hall Of Fame member with an IQ of 228
  • Geena Davis, actress
  • Dr. Julie Peterson, playmate at "Playboy", now a doctor
  • Adrian Cronauer, radio presenter, the template for the film "Good Morning Vietnam"
  • Donald Petersen, ex-Chairman of the Ford Motor Company
  • Adam Osborne, founder and computer pioneer "Osborne Computer"
  • Richard Bolles, bestselling author
  • Bobby Czyz, a two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) Cruiserweight master
  • ... and many others ...

What does "cafeteria" mean?

Mensa means table in Latin. The name stands for a social "round table", where race, skin color, belief, nationality, age, political attitude, education and social background play no role.

What is the opinion of Mensa?

Mensa does not take sides on political, religious or social issues. Mensa connects members from many countries and cultures with a wide variety of attitudes and traditions. For this reason alone, it is not possible for the Mensa to have a certain point of view.

Cafeteria on the Internet

A number of cafeteria groups are represented on the web, here are a few links:

The full list can be found here: National Groups

Mensa Logo (M-blem)

The logo represents a table with a globe on it. It is protected and may only be used by registered canteen groups.