Being small is a strength
Liechtenstein has many faces. At times, it is an Alpine monarchy with the bustle
of a festival on the night of nights, at times an island of experiences in an
mountain landscape, awakening hidden feelings. In the Principality of
Liechtenstein, at the foot of the Three Sisters massif, life is still manageable
and authentic. Everything is here, in miniature: mountainous nature, lively
culture, neat little villages, modern architecture, vineyards, and 27 kilometers
of Rhine. Nobody knows why: Even Napoleon left the little country in peace. What
began over 300 years ago with the Princes of Liechtenstein has become a modern
small state with a high quality of life. Being small is
indeed a strength.
Facts and figures
System of State, Constitution
Liechtenstein is a constitutional, hereditary monarchy on a democratic and
parliamentary basis. The power of State is embodied in the Reigning Prince and
the People and is exercised by them in accordance with the provisions of the
Constitution (article 2 of the Constitution of 1921).
Head of State
Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, Duke of Troppau and Jägerndorf, Court of Rietberg.
Upon the death of his father, Prince Franz Josef II, Hereditary Prince Hans-Adam
took over the regency on 13 November 1989.
On August 15th 2004 H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II entrusts his son H.S.H.
Hereditary Prince Alois as his representative with the exercise of all sovereign
rights pertaining to him, in accordance with the Liechtenstein Constitution.
The Liechtenstein Parliament (Landtag) is composed of 25 representatives. It
exercises its rights in the sessions of the Parliamentary Plenary. The
Liechtenstein Parliament is small in an international comparison.
According to the Constitution, the Government is a collegial body composed of
the Prime Minister and four other Ministers. The Prime Minister and the other
Ministers are appointed by the Reigning Prince on recommendation of the
Jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters is exercised in the first instance by
the Court of Justice, in the second instance by the Court of Appeal, and in the
third and last instance by the Supreme Court. The Administrative Court and the
Constitutional Court are courts of public law. The courts sit in Vaduz.
34,294 inhabitants (as of the end of 2003), of which 34% are foreigners,
Swiss, Austrians and Germans
Standard German is the official language; the colloquial language is an
80.4% of the population are Roman Catholic
7.1% are Protestant; 12.5% belong to other religions.
160.0 square kilometers
Grauspitz, elevation 2599 meters
Ruggeller Riet, elevation 430 meters
24.6 km, width 12.4 km
47° 16' 14''/47° 02' 54'' northern latitude
28' 18'' /9° 38' 08 '' eastern longitude
Switzerland and Austria
Total of 76 km, of which 41.1 km are with Switzerland (canton of St. Gallen 27
km, canton of Graubünden 14 km)
34.9 km with