Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is a German-speaking, 25km-long principality between Austria and Switzerland. It’s known for its medieval castles, alpine landscapes, and villages linked by a network of trails. The capital, Vaduz, a cultural and financial center, is home to Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, with galleries of modern and contemporary art. The Postmuseum displays Liechtenstein’s postage stamps.

One of only two doubly landlocked countries in the world, Liechtenstein is a small country barely the size of Washington DC, in the United States. The Rhine River valley covers the western third of the country, with the mountainous (Alps) the balance. Liechtenstein’s highest point is Vorder Grauspitz, which reaches 8,526 feet (2,599 m).

Key Cities

Key cities in Liechtenstein include: Schaan, Vaduz, Balzers,  Mauren,  Triesenberg,  Ruggell, Gamprin, and Schellenberg.

Historical, Cultural facts & Religion

The 15th century brought three wars and some devastation. The Principality takes its name from the Liechtenstein family, rather than vice versa, and the family, in turn, takes its name from Liechtenstein Castle in Lower Austria, which it owned from at least 1140 until the 13th century and from 1807 onwards.

Most of Liechtenstein’s customs are drawn from Alemannic culture, with many also closely linked to the Catholic church and its holy days and rites. Customs are spread throughout the year and often mark the start or end of seasons or are even considered seasons in their own right.

Brief Country History

A small country with a big, long history, It’s Liechtenstein. Once a part of the early Roman province of Raetia, Liechtenstein was a region ruled by the Hohemens until it became a dynasty into the 13th century. Through the following centuries, the dynasty got hold of large tracts of land in Moravia in Lower Austria, Silesia and Styria. These properties, however, were ruled under feudal lords identified with the Habsburg family. In order to be eligible for a seat in the Imperial Diet or Parliament—the Reichstag—the dynasty purchased a small part of Herchaft or lordship of Schellenberg and Vaduz county from the Hohenems under whom the dynasty was first invested with a possession.

In January 1719, Charles VI, the Holy Roman Emperor, announced that Vaduz and Schellenberg were to be united into one territory named Liechtenstein which eventually became a member of the Holy Roman Empire. But after the Empire fell into the hands of French Emperor Napoleon I in 1806, all the working mechanisms of Liechtenstein broke down, leading it to join in 1815 the German Confederation led by the Emperor of Austria. After Austria granted it a limited Constitution in 1818, the government started undertaking economic activities such as ceramics making and cotton weaving, and building infrastructures as well.

After a new Constitution was drawn in 1921, Prince Franz Joseph II became the first ruler to live in the Castle above Vaduz. He was succeeded by his son, Prince Hans Adam II upon his death in 1979. In 2004, Prince Adam named his son Prince Alois, his permanent representative to his various government functions.

Language (s) Written & Spoken

The official and national language of Liechtenstein is standard German which is spoken by the majority of the population. The local German dialect is Alemannic, which is shared with German-speaking Switzerland, Baden-Wurttemburg in Germany and Vorarlberg in Austria.

Important Types of Commerce in Liechtenstein

Officially known as the Principality of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein is a landlocked microstate that is located in the Alpine region of Central Europe. The principality is bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and Austria to the north and east. It is the fourth-smallest nation in Europe with a small area of just 62 square miles and a population of a little under 40,000 people. The largest municipality is Schaan while the town of Vaduz is the capital. Estimates from 2013 place the gross domestic product (GDP) based on purchasing power parity (PPP) at only $5.3 billion. Estimates from 2010 place the nominal GDP at around $5.155 billion. This relatively small economy is driven by two major sectors namely services and industry. Agriculture is also significant although it is considerably smaller. Natural resources are limited and so play an almost negligible role in driving the economy. On the international scale, Liechtenstein is part of both the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the European Economic Area (EEA). An important industry in Liechtenstein are:

  • Banking and Other Financial Services
  • Imports and Exports
  • Industry and Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism

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