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Liechtenstein Country Information

The boundaries of Liechtenstein are Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east and area is about 160 sq km with the estimated population of 35, 000 Vaduz as its capital. According to the CIA World Factbook, the Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world. The Schaan being the biggest town and Liechtenstein being the smallest German-speaking country in the world and lie entirely within the Alps. It follows a constitutional monarchy with 11 municipalities. Most of the area is covered by mountains which makes the place favorable for Winter sports. The northern and southern parts of Liechtenstein are mostly with the cultivated fields with small farms which has a beautiful landscape view. Financial status of Liechtenstein is very strong and has been recognized as a tax heaven and is a member of the European Free Trade Association and also a part of the European Economic Area but not of the European Union.

Liechtenstein Recreation, Culture and Attractions

Besides its smaller size, the country is rich in cultural influences and attractions. The most cultural influences has been from the southern German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Bavaria, Switzerland, and specifically Tirol and Vorarlberg. A society of "Historical Principality of Liechtenstein" plays a vital role in taking care of the culture and history of the country. The Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is the largest and international museum with contemporary and international art collection. The Swiss architects Morger, Degelo and Kerez had constructed the buildings which has been the land mark in the capital city Vaduz which was completed in 2000 formed a 'black box' with concrete and black basalt stone. The famous and popular museums are Liechtenstein National Museum (Liechtensteinisches Landesmuseum and a stamp museum and a ski museum and the popular historical sites are Vaduz Castle, Gutenberg Castle, the Red House and the ruins of Schellenberg. Music and theater had been played an important part of the culture. There are several music organizations such as the Liechtenstein Musical Company, the annual Guitar Days and the International Josef Gabriel Rheinberger Society, which play in two main theatres. The Prince of Liechtenstein, The Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna is one of the world's leading private art collections.

The following are the five top attractions of the country:

Hofkellerei des Fursten von Liechtenstein - or the Prince of Liechtenstein's wine cellars: This is one of the top attractions and award won wines with a best hospitality which is an unforgettable experience. This vineyard make you feel that how delicious these grapes which go from vine to wine which is situated in the capital city Vaduz and are open from Monday to Saturday. 'Visiting Vaduz with Goethe': This is rich in literature, art and culture. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German poet, novelist, dramatist, scientist, humanist, painter and theorist spent in 1788 in Vaduz who is responsible for this beautiful place. Tourist can get the information of this place at the bus terminals or at the Vaduz office. Birka Bird Paradise: This is the place where you get the complete breed of the birds like parakeets, amazons, parrots, peacocks and baby birds are the highlight of this place. Even you can find the display of rare amphibians and is situated in the Mauren which is a popular destination even the visitors are welcomed to explore and research through an exploratory hike or they can combine a bike tour with a visit to the Bird Paradise and is open every day with no admission fee. Rappenstein - Gratwanderung: It's a beautiful ridge with over looking Rhine Valley with the panorama of Liechtenstein Alps. Liechtenstein Alpine Club climbing garden: It's an ideal spot to make a climbing garden. Explore over 50 km (30 miles) of superb trails of Inline Skating. Paragliding offers tandem flights and trial courses with the impressive landscapes. The wide range of hiking and walking trails in Liechtenstein are ideal for fans of this modern endurance sport.

Liechtenstein Country Demographics

Liechtenstein total population - 35,446
Liechtenstein male population - 16,537
Liechtenstein female population - 17,450
Liechtenstein Vaduz population - 5,070
Liechtenstein Triesen population - 4,674
Liechtenstein Balzers population - 4,450
Liechtenstein Triesenberg population - 2,566
Liechtenstein Schaan population - 5,747
Liechtenstein Planken population - 387
Liechtenstein Upland population - 22,894
Liechtenstein Eschen population - 4,141
Liechtenstein Mauren population - 3,718
Liechtenstein Gamprin population - 1,463
Liechtenstein Schellenberg population - 1,032
Liechtenstein Lowland population - 12,274

Liechtenstein School Information

The primary education will lasts for five years and Lower secondary education is comprised of three types of schools: Oberschule (4 years) , Realschule (4 years), and Gymnasium (3 years) and a certificate is issued who will complete the four year study. Students of Gymnasium have to attend an additional year in one of the other schools or in the upper level of the Gymnasium and are provided by the Freiwilliges 10. Schuljahr, the Gymnasium and the Berufsmittelschule and the Gymnasium offer five different options: 1.Languages including Latin 2. Modern languages including a third and fourth living language 3. Art, music and pedagogy 4. Business and law 5. Math and natural sciences Students of Gymnasium Oberstufe at the end take the final school leaving examination which is called Matura examinations which allows them to enter universities in both Switzerland and Austria without passing an examination. During their vocational training students will further develop knowledge and skills. The voluntary 10th school year wants to provide vocational and personal career for the youth and open to 3 different options. 1. Languages 2. Information technology and design 3. School and social learning after passing which they gone a get a certificate. Depending on their interest and aim for some vocational courses they can choose the following options. 1. Design. 2. Information and communication technology. 3. Engineering. 4. Business. The Berufsmaturiatsprüfung is conferred at the end of the Berufsmittelschule leading to the Berufsmaturitatszeugnis, which gives the students an opportunity to study at all university-level institutions and universities in Liechtenstein and Austria as well as universities of applied science in Switzerland. The law education came into effect in 1992 but the Liechtenstein has a limited tertiary-education sector so it has contractual arrangements with Switzerland, Austria and Baden-Württemberg (Tübingen) which allows the students to offer a free entry in their universities.

Liechtenstein Country Symbols

Liechtenstein state Flag
Liechtenstein state Flag
Liechtenstein state Anthem
Liechtenstein state Anthem
'Oben am jungen Rhein'('Up Above the Young Rhine')
Liechtenstein state Motto
Liechtenstein state Motto
Fur Gott, Furst und Vaterland

Liechtenstein Country History

The name Liechtenstein had given to the country from Castle Liechtenstein which is situated in the lower Austria from the 13th century. Since 13th century, the dynasty acquired huge lands especially in Moravia, Lower Austria, Silesia and Styria which were held under the senior landlords and the dynasty of Liechtenstein was not able to meet a primary requirement to get a seat in the parliament, the Reichstag. After the purchase of the lands by the Roman Emperor Charles VI, Holy has been ordered that Vaduz and Schellenberg should be united to form a new territory to the dignity of Furstentum (principality) with the name "Liechtenstein" in Honour of "true servant, Anton Florian of Liechtenstein". From then on, the Liechtenstein became a sovereign state of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1806 the Napoleonic war has been taken place as a result of which Holy Roman Empire was under the control of French emperor Napoleon I and Napoleon had dissolved the empire which led to the consequences for Liechtenstein: imperial, legal and political mechanisms brake down. Later on, Liechtenstein joined the German Confederation (20 June 1815 - 24 August 1866) which was presided over by the Emperor of Austria. Johann I in 1818 started the constitution and noticed the first visit of the member of the house of Liechtenstein, Prince Alois. During the 19th century here was the opening of the first ceramic factory, bank loans were found and cotton-weaving mills have been started and two bridges and a railway line is built in 1868 and 1872. The ruling prince after the World War I derive much of their wealth from estates in the Habsburg territories, and use to spend much of his time at the palaces which led to the economic distraction and made the country to unite with the neighboring countries Switzerland. During the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, some of the land was under the control of Holy Roman Empire. In 1938 after the union of Austria into Greater Nazi Germany a 84 year old Prince Franz I announced the naming his 31-year-old third cousin, Prince Franz Joseph, as his successor. During the World War II, the situation of Liechtenstein was bad and was neutral and looking to the neighboring countries Switzerland for help and guidance and the family treasures were taken to Liechtenstein for safety purpose. The expropriations (subject to modern legal dispute at the World Court) included over 1,600 km2 (618 sq mi) of agricultural and forest land, and several family castles and palaces. During the cold war Citizens of Liechtenstein were not allowed to enter Czechoslovakia, recently the diplomatic conflicts about the post war Benes issued an order which has been resulted in Liechtenstein not sharing international relations with the Czech Republic or Slovakia but the relations were established Liechtenstein and the Czech on 13th July 2009 and on 9th December with Slovakia in 2009. Liechtenstein gave shelter to about 501 soldiers of the First Russian National Army at the end of the World War II which has been a memorable by a monument at the border town of Hinterschellenberg. Though the country was not in a position to give shelter to the refugees but Argentina agreed to help them permanently. When the financial status of the Liechtenstein dynasty became worst then it decided to sell the family artistic treasures including the priceless portrait "Ginevra de' Benci" by Leonardo da Vinci, which was purchased by the National Gallery of Art of the United States in 1967 The Liechtenstein prince is one of the world's sixth wealthiest leader with an estimated wealth of USD $5 billion and the population of that country enjoys the highest standards of living of the world.

Liechtenstein Country Tourist Information

Liechtenstein is a beautiful place with a society which joins enlightened feudalism with modern constitutional democracy. The surprising fact of this country is that The Prince Hans Adam and the people share the equal power and practice the "democratic monarchy" which again combines economic prosperity with political freedoms for which the citizens of other nations might be envious. Vaduz being the capital city and deserves a day and night of any tourist and besides this the National Museum called as Liechtensteinische Landesmuseum, Postage Stamp Museum called as Briefmarkenmuseum, the Ski-Museum, and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen (State Art Collections).There is a princely castle which also deserves a visit by the tourist but the visitors are not allowed inside the palace. Triesenberg, which is situated in the southeast of Vaduz renders a folk music, pleasant hiking trails, and scenic views of the Rheintal along with the malbun resort which has skiing in the winter and the chair lift operates for hikers and tourists in summer. This country uses the currency of Swiss and follows the customs and traditions of but when it comes to mailings it uses the local postage stamps and cards for letters home. Liechtenstein is treated to be one of the best places for Hiking and is called as one of the hiking paradise. The unique beauty of over 400 kilometers (250 miles) of well-prepared and marked hiking paths beckons after enjoying the hiking the tourist can relax in the evening in the cosy hotels with some reasonable packages. The tourists will be getting some Adventure Passes with 25 free entries to entertaining events and vacation experiences all of which at a low price. So, Liechtenstein being treated as a best tourist place to have fun with the complete family.

Liechtenstein Country Transportation

The bicycle path of the Liechtenstein is about 250 km (155 mi) and with 90 km (56 mi). The railway system of the country is maintained by the Austrian Federal Railways as part of the route between Feldkirch, Austria, and Buchs, Switzerland. This country has four stations which are, Schaan-Vaduz, Forst Hilti, Nendeln, and Schaanwald with the irregular stopping services and it runs between Feldkirch and Buchs provided by the Austrian Federal Rail Service. The Euro city trains and the other international trains also travel along this route but they will not stop at the stations of Liechtenstein. The bus facility of this country is under the control of Swiss Postbus system but they run separately and connect to the Swiss bus network at Buchs and at Sargans. It does not have an airport and the largest and near by airport is Zurich but it has a small heliport which provides the availability of charter helicopter flights.

Liechtenstein Taxes

Liechtenstein basic tax rate on income - 1.2%
Liechtenstein basic tax rate on wealth - 0.06%
Liechtenstein income tax for Corporations - 7.5% to 15%
Liechtenstein standard rate of value-added tax on goods and services - 6.5%
Liechtenstein capital taxes on Foreign clients - 1%
Liechtenstein Direct Corporate Tax Profits Tax - 1.0% to 5.0%
Liechtenstein Capital gains from real estate - 1.2%-35.64%
Liechtenstein rate of net worth tax applying to a resident company - 0.2%
Liechtenstein rate of stamp duty on shares - 1%
Liechtenstein rate of turnover tax - 0.15% to 0.30%
Liechtenstein rate of VAT - 7.6%
Liechtenstein reduced rate of VAT for food, printed matter and medicines - 2%
Liechtenstein Withholding (Coupon) Tax - 4%
Liechtenstein maximum Personal income tax rate - 18%
Liechtenstein maximum rate of the Net worth tax charged on assets, securities, cash and valuables - 0.9%
Liechtenstein maximum corporation tax rate - 18-20%

Liechtenstein Universities

Hochschule Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein - 999 Students
Internationale Akademie für Philosophie, Bendern, Liechtenstein - 250 Students
Universitat für Humanwissenschaften im Fürstentum Liechtenstein, Triesen, Liechtenstein - 250 Students

Liechtenstein Religions

Liechtenstein Catholics Population is 84.9 %
Liechtenstein Reformed Church Population is 9.4 %
Liechtenstein Christian-orthodox Churches Population is 0.7 %
Liechtenstein Other Christian Churches Population is 0.1 %
Liechtenstein Muslims Population is 2.4 %
Liechtenstein Jews Population is 0.1%
Liechtenstein Other religions Population is 0.1 %
Liechtenstein Undeclared / no religion Population is 2.4 %

Liechtenstein Municipalities

Ruggell, Liechtenstein - Population 1925
Schellenberg, Liechtenstein - Population 974
Gamprin, Liechtenstein - Population 1436
Eschen, Liechtenstein - Population 4076
Schaan, Liechtenstein - Population 5811
Mauren, Liechtenstein - Population 3649
Planken, Liechtenstein - Population 366
Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Population 5047
Triesenberg, Liechtenstein - Population 2542
Triesen, Liechtenstein - Population 4643
Balzers, Liechtenstein - Population 4436

Liechtenstein Country Government

The current constitution was established in March 2003, and replaced the previous constitution of 1921 which made the Liechtenstein as a constitutional monarchy headed by the reigning prince of the Princely House of Liechtenstein and then the parliamentary system has been established. The reigning prince is the head of state and represents Liechtenstein in the internal affairs and the prince may refuse to endorse the laws which have been established by the parliament and the prince can even have the authority to can call the referendums and dissolve the parliament and can propose new legislation. The constitution demands an agreement that at least two members of the government has to be chosen from each of the two regions who will be collectively and individually responsible to the parliament and parliament has the authority to ask the prince to remove an individual minister or may be the entire government. The powers of legislature are vested in the unicameral Landtag which is made up of 25 members elected for maximum four-year terms. Fifteen members are elected from the "Oberland" (Upper Country or region) and ten members are elected from the "Unterland" (Lower Country or region) and the parties must receive at least 8 % of the national vote to win seats in parliament. The judicial authority is vested in the Regional Court at Vaduz, the Princely High Court of Appeal at Vaduz, the Princely Supreme Court, the Administrative Court, and the State Court. The new constitution has been supported by Hans-Adam II's and it was criticized by many but the prince threatened that if the constitution has been failed, he would convert the property to the commercial use and shift to Austria but there was tremendous support of the nation and the resolution of the prince has been passed with about 64% in favor. The enforcement of the law of Liechtenstein is taken care solely by the small National Police of Liechtenstein (Landespolizei), consisting of 85 officers and 33 civilian staff. Being it is bordered by Switzerland to its west and by Austria to its east, the Liechtenstein Police has to maintain trilateral treaty between the police forces of the three countries and has a very low crime rate by a survey and very few people will be jailed in this country and if any crimes takes place with sentences over two years being transferred to Austria.

Liechtenstein Country Economy

In 2008 Liechtenstein GDP at PPP was $5.028 billion and rank was 2nd in the world. Liechtenstein economy is based on mainly on tourism and manufacturing. The agricultural outputs of Liechtenstein are wheat, barley, corn, vegetables and livestock. The industry outputs of Liechtenstein are electronics, metals, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, food items, and optical. The export items of Liechtenstein are machineries, connectors, vehicles, dental products, hardware, food items, electronic things and optical products and import products are agricultural products, raw materials, machinery, textiles, food process and vehicles. In 1995 Liechtenstein is segment in European Economic Area. The Liechtenstein economy is generally mixed economy with tiny and huge no. of businesses.

Liechtenstein Country Parks

The administration and management of protected areas is the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Environment is under the control of the authorities. The Conservationists have been trying for the establishment of a national park, or a large nature reserve, for many years. A floral mountain with an area of 6,000 ha (37.5% of the total land area) and proposed another, Garselli-Zigerberg (Alpengebiet, 950 ha, that is the 5.9% of the total land area) came under the control of Liechtenstein in 1989. The Government of Liechtenstein declared that the entire alpine area should be preserved as an significant and one of the central part of the preservation area. The zones which are suitable for cattle breeding and livestock were separated out. The princess Gina Path comes up besides the many hiking paths in the Alpine area almost the entire colorful world of Alpine plants comes together here. The connoisseur and the nature-loving hiker can find rarities such as the Triglav hawksbeard (crepis terglouensis) and the Swiss dandelion (leontodon helveticus), but also spectacular views such as from the summit of the Augstenberg (2,222 meters), from where the mountains of three countries can be seen. The Lawena valley is a secret tip for the hikers which is not been access to the motor vehicles but the efforts of the long hikers are gifted by a wonderful variety of plants. Some of the plants which are hidden at the corners of the forest are lady's slipper (cypripedium calceolus), on the western ridge the thorny astragalus (astragalus sempervirens). The king of hikes leads from Planken over the Saroja pass to the Three Sisters, and from there they pass to Kuhgrat and the Fürstensteig to Gaflei. The hikers wants freedom for this fearful heights over the ladders of the three sisters and discovery of a true El Dorado of pioneer plants such as the blue-green saxifrage (saxifraga caesia) and the lovely Alpine toadflax (linaria alpina) with its bright orange throat were found.