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Liechtenstein

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Population: 36,281 (est.)

Language(s): German

Capital: Vaduz

Interesting Facts:

  • The Swiss franc is the official currency of Liechtenstein.
  • The religion in Liechtenstein is predominantly Roman Catholic.
  • In terms of religious demographics, 76% follow Catholicism, 7% follow Protestant Christianity, 4.2% follow Islam, 0.8% follow Orthodox Christianity, and 12% are either nonreligious or adherents of other faiths.
  • Liechtenstein also has the second lowest unemployment rate in the world at 1.5% (Monaco is first).
  • Apart from Uzbekistan, Liechtenstein is the only nation to be bordered entirely by other landlocked nations. The 160 sq km of land that defines Liechtenstein is bordered by Switzerland and Austria.
  • Liechtenstein is the smallest German-speaking country on planet earth and the only German-speaking nation that doesn’t share a border with Germany.
  • “For God, Prince and Fatherland” is the country’s official motto.
  • Liechtenstein is the smallest yet the richest (by measure of GDP per capita) German-speaking country.
  • During winter, temperatures don’t usually go below -15°C, while during summer; it ranges between 20°C to 28°C.
  • Small in size, Liechtenstein measures tall in economy as a highly industrialized nation with a vital financial service sector.
  • Most of Liechtenstein’s terrain is mountainous, which consequentially makes it a fabulous winter sports destination.

Liechtenstein, officially the Principality of Liechtenstein, is a doubly landlocked alpine country in Central Europe, bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east and north. Its area is just over 160 square kilometres (62 sq mi), and it has an estimated population of 35,000. Its capital is Vaduz. The biggest town is Schaan. Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world when adjusted by purchasing power parity, and has the world’s lowest external debt. Liechtenstein also has the second lowest unemployment rate in the world at 1.5% (Monaco is first).

Liechtenstein is the smallest yet the richest (by measure of GDP per capita) German-speaking country and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps. It is known as a principality as it is a constitutional monarchy headed by a prince. Liechtenstein is divided into 11 municipalities. Much of its terrain is mountainous, making it a winter sports destination. Many cultivated fields and small farms characterize its landscape both in the south (Oberland, upper land) and in the north (Unterland, lower land). The country has a strong financial sector located in the capital, Vaduz, and has been identified as a tax haven. It is a member of the European Free Trade Association and part of the European Economic Area and the Schengen Area, but not of the European Union.

Source: Wikipedia

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