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The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719; it became a sovereign state in 1806. Until the end of World War I, it was closely tied to Austria, but the economic devastation caused by that conflict forced Liechtenstein to enter into a customs and monetary union with Switzerland. Since World War II (in which Liechtenstein remained neutral), the country's low taxes have spurred outstanding economic growth. Shortcomings in banking regulatory oversight resulted in concerns about the use of financial institutions for money laundering. However, Liechtenstein implemented anti-money-laundering legislation over the past several years and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US went into effect in 2003.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 34,247 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Liechtensteiner(s)

Nationality (Adjective): Liechtenstein

Official Language(s): German

Major Languages Spoken: German

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Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Principality of Liechtenstein

Country Name (short form): Liechtenstein

Country Name (local long form): Fuerstentum Liechtenstein

Country Name (local short form): Liechtenstein

Name of Capital: Vaduz

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Liechtenstein: Switzerland, Austria

Land Area: 160 sq km

Comparative Area: about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC

Total Land Boundry: 76 km

Coastline: 0 km (doubly landloc

National Holiday: Assumption Day, 15 August

International Phone Code: 423

Currency Code: Swiss franc (CHF)

Internet Country Code: .li

US Embassy Location: the US does not have an embassy in Liechtenstein; the US Ambassador to Switzerland is accredited to

US Embassy Mailing Address: the US does not have an embassy in Liechtenstein; the US Ambassador to Switzerland is accredited to Liechtenstein


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