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General information
Common nameLiechtenstein
Local nameFürstentum Liechtenstein
MottoFür Gott, Fürst und Vaterland
For God, Prince and Fatherland
AnthemOben am jungen Rhein
"Up on the Young Rhine"
Largest citySchaan
Official languagesGerman
DemonymLiechtensteiner (male), Liechtensteinerin (female)
GovernmentParliamentary democracy under constitutional monarchy
PrinceHans-Adam II
Prime MinisterKlaus Tschütscher
Landtag SpeakerArthur Brunhart
Independence as principalityIndependence as principality
Treaty of Pressburg1806
Independence from the German Confederation1866
Total Area61.960 sq mi (160.5 km2) (211th)
Water %negligible
Population Est.35789 (206th)
Population census33307 (2000)
Density (pop.)220.8/km2 (52nd) (572/sq mi)
GDP PPP$3.250 billion (2008)
GDP (PPP) per capita$91,697 (1st)
GDP (nominal)$4.929 billion (2008)
GDP (nominal) per capita$139,068 (1st)
Other information
HDI(+) 0.891 (2010) (very high) (6th)
CurrencySwiss franc (CHF)
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Drives on theright
Calling code+423

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The Principality of Liechtenstein (c-enen-us-Liechtenstein is a doubly landlocked alpine country in Western Europe, bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east. Its area is just over 160 km2 (about 61.7 square miles), and it has an estimated population of 35,000. Its capital is Vaduz; the biggest town is Schaan. Liechtenstein has the second highest gross domestic product per person in the world.

Liechtenstein is the smallest yet the richest German-speaking country in the world and the only alpine country to lie entirely within the Alps. It is the only predominantly German-speaking country not to share a common border with Germany. It is a constitutional monarchy divided into 11 municipalities. Much of Liechtenstein's 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 but not of the European Union.

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