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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Liechtenstein

Photo: A building in the Alps
Tiny Liechtenstein boasts outsized views of the Alps.
Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel
This alpine microstate bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and Austria to the east is a fastidiously clean and well-ordered principality. • It’s also one of only two (the other is Uzbekistan) “doubly landlocked” nations, that is, bordered entirely by other landlocked nations. • An often overlooked winter-sports destination but a not so often overlooked tax haven, it’s the smallest German-speaking country in the world and the only one that doesn’t share a border with the fatherland.


Liechtenstein Cow Parade, Liechtenstein travel, Liechtenstein photos
Verduz, Liechtenstein



Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein travel, Liechtenstein photos
The infamous prince of liechtenstein actually lives in this pissy little cold castle.

Verduz, Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein travel, Liechtenstein photos
Verduz, Liechtenstein

Romantic / Cow in fog - Kuh im Nebel Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein travel, Liechtenstein photos

Liechtenstein Alps, Liechtenstein travel, Liechtenstein photosg
While nowhere near as famous and majestic as those of Italy, France and Switzerland – the Alps in Liechtenstein are quite lovely. This was taken on a short hike out of Malbun, a town at the south end of the country, where the elevation is at its highest.

Prince of Liechtenstein's Castle, Liechtenstein travel, Liechtenstein photos title=
Verduz, Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein Chalet, Liechtenstein travel, Liechtenstein photos
Liechtenstein Chalet

Liechtenstein / Oldie, Liechtenstein travel, Liechtenstein photos
Mamy & Papy in Liechtenstein

Romantic / The Fog, Principality of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein travel, Liechtenstein photos
Romantic / The Fog, Principality of Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein castle, in the Black Forest, Baden-Wurtemberg, German
Liechtenstein castle, in the Black Forest, Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany














Fast Facts

Population:
35,000
Capital:
Vaduz; 5,000
Area:
160 square kilometers (62 square miles)
Language:
German, Alemannic dialect
Religion:
Roman Catholic, Protestant
Currency:
Swiss franc
Life Expectancy:
79
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $25,000
Literacy Percent:
100
Flag: Liechtenstein
Map: Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein is a tiny independent state between Switzerland and Austria. In 1719 the princely House of Liechtenstein, which still rules this constitutional monarchy, purchased a strip of Rhine floodplain and adjacent mountains. Because of liberal tax policies and banking laws, it counts more companies than citizens.
ECONOMY
  • Industry: Electronics, metal manufacturing, dental products, ceramics, pharmaceuticals
  • Agriculture: Wheat, barley, corn, potatoes; livestock
  • Exports: Small specialty machinery, connectors for audio and video, parts for motor vehicles, dental products
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition

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