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Vineyards in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein.
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Destinaton Liechtenstein, officially the Principality of Liechtenstein, a small landlocked country in the Upper Rhine Valley between Austria in east and Switzerland in west.

From north to south, the country is about 24 km (15 mi) long, an area of 160 km² (61.8 sq mi) making the country the sixth-smallest independent nation in the world.

Today Liechtenstein has a has a population of 37,600 people (in 2015), the national capital is Vaduz. Spoken language is German (official).

Principality of Liechtenstein | Fürstentum Liechtenstein

Country Profile

The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719; it became a sovereign state in 1806. Until the end of World War I, it was closely tied to Austria, but the economic devastation caused by that conflict forced Liechtenstein to conclude a customs and monetary union with Switzerland.

Since World War II (in which Liechtenstein remained neutral) the country's low taxes have spurred outstanding economic growth. However, shortcomings in banking regulatory oversight have resulted in concerns about the use of the financial institutions for money laundering. Liechtenstein implemented anti-money laundering legislation and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US in 2003 and further anti-money laundering regulations like the Due Diligence Act (DDA) in 2009 and 2013.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook and others)


Official Name:
Fürstentum Liechtenstein
short form: Liechtenstein
int'l long form: Principality of Liechtenstein
int'l short form: Liechtenstein

ISO Country Code: li, lie

Local Time = UTC +1h
Actual Time: Sun-May-26  13:44

Country Calling Code: +423

Capital City: Vaduz (5 200)

Other Cities: Balzers: (4 400), Eschen: (4 000), Schaan: (5 700), Triesen: (4 600),

Type: Constitutional, hereditary monarchy on a democratic and parliamentary basis.
Independence: the Imperial Principality of Liechtenstein was established on 23 January 1719 ; on 12 July 1806 it established independence from the Holy Roman Empire.
Constitution: 5 October 1921.

Location: Landlocked small Central European country, between Austria and Switzerland.
Area: 160 km² (61.7 sq. mi.)
Terrain: 66 % mountains (Alps), the remainder hills and plateau situated next to the Rhine Valley.
Highest mountain: Grauspitz 2 599 m

Climate: Continental with four seasons, cold winters with snow or rain; cool to moderately warm summers.

Nationality: Noun - Liechtensteiner(s), adjective - Liechtenstein.
Population: 37,600 (2015)
Ethnic groups: Liechtensteiners, Swiss, Austrians and Germans.
Religions: Roman Catholic 80.4%, Protestant 7.1%, other religions 12.5%.
Languages: German (official), Alemannic dialect.
Literacy: 99%

Natural resources: Hydroelectric potential, arable land.

Agriculture products: Wheat, barley, corn, potatoes; livestock, dairy products.

Industries: Electronics, metal manufacturing, dental products, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, food products, precision instruments, tourism, optical instruments.

Exports - commodities: small specialty machinery, connectors for audio and video, parts for motor vehicles, dental products, hardware, prepared foodstuffs, electronic equipment, optical products

Imports - commodities: agricultural products, raw materials, energy products, machinery, metal goods, textiles, foodstuffs, motor vehicles

Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)

Source: Liechtenstein Government Office and others.

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Official Sites of Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein is a constitutional hereditary monarchy on a democratic and parliamentary basis. The power of state is shared between the Prince and the people. The Principality is based on the 1921 constitution. Head of state is the Monarch. Head of government is the Prime Minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

royal Fürstenhaus Liechtenstein
Princely House of Liechtenstein; Fürst Hans-Adam II. von und zu Liechtenstein.

Fürstentum Liechtenstein
The Principality of Liechtenstein.

Liechtensteinischer Landtag
Liechtenstein's Parliament.

Diplomatic Missions:
Liechtenstein's Diplomatic Missions
List of Liechtenstein's Diplomatic representations around the world.

Liechtenstein in Figures
Statistical data of Liechtenstein.


Map of Liechtenstein
Political Map of Liechtenstein.
Google Earth Google Earth Liechtenstein
Searchable map and satellite view of Liechtenstein.
Google Earth Google Earth Vaduz
Searchable map and satellite view of Liechtenstein's capital city.

Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.

Burg Gutenberg in Balzers, Liechtenstein
Castle Gutenberg (Burg Gutenberg) in Balzers (town)
Image: Adrian Michael 


Liechtensteiner Vaterland
Regional news (in German)
Liechtensteiner Volksblatt
Regional news (in German)

Radio Liechtenstein
The local radio station (in German).

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Arts & Culture

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein art museum (in German).

Kunstraum Engländerbau with Postmuseum
Exhibition hall for changing exhibitions of contemporary art.

Liechtensteinisches Landesmuseum
The National Museum Liechtenstein houses a permanent exhibition focusing on the history, culture and landscape of the principality.


Business & Economy

The United Nations ranks Liechtenstein in 2015 the country with the highest GDP per capita, ahead of Monaco and Luxembourg. The economy of Liechtenstein is mainly based on industry, manufacturing and the service sectors, especially the financial field. The country is a specialized financial center with strong international connections. Liechtenstein is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) and it partakes in a customs union with Switzerland and uses the Swiss franc as the national currency.

Liechtensteinischer Bankenverband
Liechtenstein Bankers Association.
Liechtensteinische Landesbank
LGT Bank
One of the largest private banking operation in Liechtenstein.

Gewerbe- und Wirtschaftskammer
Chamber of Commerce and Indusrtry (in German)
Liechtenstein © liechtenstein.li
Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Destination Liechtenstein - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Liechtenstein: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, skiing, hiking, climbing, tours and much more.

Liechtenstein National Tourist Office
Travel information for Liechtenstein.

Official website of the capital town of Liechtenstein.
Gemeinde Balzers
The town of Balzers (in German)
Gemeinde Schaan
The town of Schaan (in German)



Education and Research Network.

International Academy of Philosophy
Bi-lingual academic institute that offers graduate degrees in philosophy, founded in 1986.

Universität Liechtenstein
Formerly the Liechtenstein college, now the university of Liechtenstein for architecture and business economics, it is the largest of four centers for higher education in the principality.

Environment & Nature

LIFE Climate Foundation Liechtenstein
The goal of the LIFE Climate Foundation is to help shape the development and advancement of market-based instruments in the area of climate protection and attaining the global climate protection goals established by the Kyoto Protocol as well as the ultimate protection of our environment.

Liechtensteinische Gesellschaft fuer Umweltschutz - LGU
The Liechtenstein Society for Environmental Protection (in German).



History of the Princely House
Comprehensive information about the Princely House' history.
History of the Principality of Liechtenstein
The history of the country of Liechtenstein.
Landesarchiv des Fürstentums Liechtenstein
State Archive of Liechtenstein.


Liechtenstein Internet Verzeichnis
Internet Directory (in German).

Open Directory Project: Liechtenstein

Sources and additional Information about Liechtenstein

BBC Country Profile: Liechtenstein

GlobalEDGE: Liechtenstein

OEC: Liechtenstein

Wikipedia: Liechtenstein

The World Factbook -- Liechtenstein

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