Interesting facts about Liechtenstein

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Liechtenstein is a doubly landlocked microstate in Central Europe.

Liechtenstein is 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) long principality between Austria and Switzerland.

Official name is the Principality of Liechtenstein.

German is the official language of Liechtenstein.

It has an area of just over 160 square kilometers (62 square miles).

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As of 1 January 2016, the population of Liechtenstein was estimated to be 37,622 people.

The principality of Liechtenstein is divided into eleven municipalities, most consisting of only a single town.

Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein, but not its largest city: Schaan is slightly larger. Still, it’s home to the Prince’s castle and his museums, and thus the main point of interest for visitors to this small country

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Vaduz Castle is the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.It lies on a hillside 120
meters (394 feet) above Vaduz.It is commonly believed to have been founded circa 1322 by the Counts of Werdenberg.

vaduz castle

Gutenberg Castle is a preserved castle in the town of Balzers, Liechtenstein, the centre of the municipality of Balzers.The castle stands about 70 meters (230 feet) above the nearby village, on a hill which has been inhabited since the Neolithic Period.

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There is five castles of the principality but only two have survived preserved until the present day Gutenberg Castle and Vaduz Castle.

Vaduz Cathedral, or Cathedral of St. Florin, is a neo-Gothic church in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, and the center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vaduz. Originally a parish church, it has held the status of cathedral since 1997.

vaduz cathedral

The Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is the state museum of modern and contemporary art in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.The building by the Swiss architects Meinrad Morger, Heinrich Degelo and Christian Kerez was completed in November 2000.The museum collection of international modern and contemporary art is also the national art collection of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

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The Grauspitz is a mountain in the Rätikon range of the Alps, located on the border between Liechtenstein and Switzerland. With an elevation of 2,599 meters (8,527) feet above sea level, the Grauspitz is the highest mountain in Liechtenstein.

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An alpine country, Liechtenstein is mainly mountainous, making it a winter sport destination.

Despite its small size, Liechtenstein is home to an exceptionally wide range of animals. Around 55 mammals are native to Liechtenstein (Switzerland has 83), including 17 species of bat, 140 species of bird, 7 species of reptile, 10 species of amphibian and 24 species of fish.

The national animal of Liechtenstein is kestrel.

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The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719.

In 1815 Liechtenstein becomes a member of the German Confederation until 1866.

In 1866 Liechtenstein becomes fully independent.

The state coat of arms is identical to the Princely Family’s coat of arms.

liechtenstein coat of arms

It owes much of its wealth to its traditional status as a tax haven, though it has in recent years taken steps to shake off its image as a tax haven and to reposition itself as a legitimate financial centre.

Liechtenstein is a large producer of ceramics and is the largest producer of false teeth in the world.

The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the world at 1.5%.

Liechtenstein has one of the world’s lowest crime rates, with its last murder occurring in approximately 1997 and its prison holding very few inmates. Citizens who are given prison sentences longer than two years are transferred over to Austria.

The entire country of Liechtenstein can be rented for $70,000 a day.

Snoop Dogg once tried to rent the entire country of Liechtenstein for a video shoot, and the main reason they said no is because he didn’t give them enough notice.

During Liechtenstein’s last military engagement in 1886, none of the 80 soldiers sent were injured, and 81 returned, including a new Italian “friend”.

On 5 December 1985, rockets fired by the Swiss Army landed in Liechtenstein, causing a forest fire. Compensation was paid.

In 2007, Swiss troops accidentally invaded its neighbor Liechtenstein after getting lost in a rainstorm.

On Liechtenstein’s national holiday, His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam II, the head of state, and his son, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois, invite the residents of their tiny principality to have a beer in the garden of Vaduz Castle, the princely ancestral residence.

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