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About Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is a small country situated on the banks of the Rhine in Central Europe, between the Swiss canton of St. Gallen and the Austrian province of Vorarlberg. The official language is German, though day-to-day affairs are conducted in two Alemannic dialects. Comprising eleven municipalities, the principality is a constitutional hereditary monarchy on a parliamentary and democratic basis. The head of state is Prince Hans-Adam II von Liechtenstein.
Vaduz Castle
Liechtenstein at a glance

The fourth-smallest state in Europe lies in the centre of the Alps, between Switzerland and Austria. Liechtenstein is the sixth-smallest country in the world.

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Vaduz Castle
Monarchy

The area of land which is now covered by the Principality of Liechtenstein has been a hereditary monarchy since 1719. Prior to that the land was under absolutist rule.

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The Princely Family
The Princely Family

The Princely House has its origins in Lower Austria and purchased the County of Vaduz in 1699 and the lands of Schellenberg in 1712.

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The parlament
The parliament

Liechtenstein's parliament ('Landtag') comprises 25 members and, together with the Prince, forms the state's legislative branch.

 

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The government
The government

The government of the Principality of Liechtenstein has five Ministers, each of whom is responsible for one or more governmental departments.

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The government
The parties

Three political parties and a group of independents are currently represented in Liechtenstein's parliament.

 

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The municipalities

Liechtenstein is formed of eleven municipalities, six of which are in the Oberland (south).

 

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Schellenberg
History

The region now covered by the Principality of Liechtenstein was first occupied during the Neolithic Period and has been an independent state under the rule of the Princely House of Liechtenstein since 1719.

 

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Economy in Liechtenstein
Economy

Liechtenstein is an attractive business location with a well-developed infrastructure. From its agricultural origins, it has developed over course of the last 60 years to become a modern, innovative state.

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Bank holidays in Liechtenstein

Bank holidays in Liechtenstein.

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