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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