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Liechtenstein Country Guide

Explore Liechtenstein in Europe Liechtenstein with the capital city Vaduz is located in Europe (Central Europe, between Austria and Switzerland). It covers some 161 square kilometres (about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC) with 34,000 citizens.

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The landscape offers mostly mountainous (Alps) with Rhine Valley in western third. The average density of population is approximately 213 per km². The notable climate conditions in Liechtenstein can be described as continental with cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow or rain, cool to moderately warm, cloudy, humid summers. Potential threats by nature are NA.

To reach someone in Liechtenstein dial +423 prior to a number. There are 19,600 installed telephones. And there are 35,000 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of 900, 1800 Mhz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".li". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of 230V - 50Hz.

About the flag and history of Liechtenstein

Two equal horizontal bands of blue (top) and red with a gold crown on the hoist side of the blue band; the colors may derive from the blue and red livery design used in the principality's household in the 18th century; the prince's crown was introduced in 1937 to distinguish the flag from that of Haiti.

The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719. Occupied by both French and Russian troops during the Napoleonic Wars, it became a sovereign state in 1806 and joined the Germanic Confederation in 1815. Liechtenstein became fully independent in 1866 when the Confederation dissolved. Until the end of World War I, it was closely tied to Austria, but the economic devastation caused by that conflict forced Liechtenstein to enter into 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. In 2000, shortcomings in banking regulatory oversight resulted in concerns about the use of financial institutions for money laundering. However, Liechtenstein implemented anti-money laundering legislation and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US that went into effect in 2003.


Geography Quick-Facts

Summary Continent: Europe
Neighbours: Switzerland, Austria
Capital: Vaduz
Size 160 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 62 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC
Population 34,000
Currency Name: Franc, Currency Code: CHF
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD) .li
Telephone Country Prefix +423
Mobile Phone Connections 35,000
Landline Phone Connections 19,600

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).

Geography

Value name Value World Rank
Area 160 (sq km) 219

People and Society

Value name Value World Rank
Population 37,009 213
Population growth rate 0.81 (%) 134
Birth rate 10.67 (births/1,000 population) 182
Death rate 6.89 (deaths/1,000 population) 134
Net migration rate 4.35 (migrant(s)/1,000 population) 25
Infant mortality rate 4.36 (deaths/1,000 live births) 192
Life expectancy at birth 81.59 (years) 12
Total fertility rate 1.69 (children born/woman) 171
Education expenditures 2.10 (% of GDP) 165

Economy

Value name Value World Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity) 3,200,000,000 179
GDP - real growth rate -0.50 (%) 191
GDP - per capita (PPP) 89,400 2
Labor force 35,250 202
Unemployment rate 2.50 (%) 20
Taxes and other revenues 25.2 (% of GDP) 120
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) -1.60 (% of GDP) 78
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 0.20 (%) 6
Exports 3,760,000,000 125
Imports 2,218,000,000 160

Communications

Value name Value World Rank
Telephones - main lines in use 19,600 191
Telephones - mobile cellular 37,000 203
Internet hosts 14,278 128
Internet users 23,000 189

Transportation

Value name Value World Rank
Railways 9 (km) 134
Roadways 380 (km) 201
Waterways 28 (km) 106

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases