Liechtenstein

What they sent me:
The package from Schloss Vaduz, the castle where the Prince of Liechtenstein lives, was very large and full of wonderful things, however it didn't include a letter. Instead, there was a printed postcard that stated "with compliments" in three different languages: English, German, and French.

Included as well was a brochure on doing business in Liechtenstein, 6 postcards, including 5 of the royal family, and 24 gorgeous Liechtenstein stamps.


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While I thought Liechtenstein was the smallest country in Europe, it's actually the fourth smallest (and the sixth smallest country in the world). At just 62 square miles, it's about the size of Washington, DC, and has just 37,000 people.

Liechtenstein lies in the center of the Alps between Switzerland and Austria. The primary language spoken in Liechtenstein is German, the currency is the Swiss franc, the country has no coastline or airport, and hasn't had an army since 1868.

Liechtenstein is also proud to be debt-free and have the highest gross domestic product per person in the world; there is 1 business for every 9 people and virtually no unemployment.

In 2001, Prince Hans Adam II was awarded The Path to Peace Foundation award from the Vatican for "the efforts for the promotion of peace at all levels of society."

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Official Name
Principality of Liechtenstein

Government
Hereditary Constitutional Monarchy

Current Leader
Prince Hans Adam II



• Prince Hans Adam II made it his goal for Liechtenstein to become part of the United Nations; he succeeded and Liechtenstein joined the UN in 1990

• Prince Hans Adam II is one of the world's richest heads of state with a personal worth estimated at $4 billion

Recommended sites
Princely House
www.fuerstenhaus.li

Liechtenstein Portal
www.liechtenstein.li

Liechtenstein Tourism
www.tourismus.li