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Liechtenstein

Background

Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719. Occupied by both French and Russian troops during the Napoleonic wars, it became a sovereign state in 1806 and joined the Germanic Confederation in 1815. Liechtenstein became fully independent in 1866 when the Confederation dissolved. 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. In 2000, shortcomings in banking regulatory oversight resulted in concerns about the use of financial institutions for money laundering. However, Liechtenstein implemented anti-money-laundering legislation and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US that went into effect in 2003.

About

The Principality of Liechtenstein (German: Fürstentum Liechtenstein) is a small alpine German-speaking country which is doubly landlocked by Switzerland and Austria (meaning it is landlocked by landlocked countries). It is the last remnant of the Holy Roman Empire and an independent state with very close ties to Switzerland. It enjoys a very high standard of living and is home to some incredibly beautiful mountain scenery. The principality's capital, Vaduz, is a major center of commerce and international banking and mainly a modern city.

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LiechtensteinResidence Hotel 

Staedtle 23
Vaduz 9490
Liechtenstein

Price (US$): $343 - $478 / night

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Location. Residence Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in Vaduz, close to Liechtenstein Art Museum, Liechtenstein National Museum, and Vaduz Castle. Additional points of interest include Rheinpark Stadium. Hotel Features. Residence Hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the breakfast room (surcharges apply). This 4 star property has a 24 hour business center and… more »

LiechtensteinHOTEL GORFION 

Gorfion Hotel street 16362
Malbun
Liechtenstein

Price (US$): $160 - $364 / night

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THE CHILDREN HOTEL GORFION IN MALBUN OFFERS TREATS IN AFAMILY ATMOSPHERE. ENJOY AND RELAX IN ONE. THE CHILDRENHOTEL GORFION LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FASCINATINGMALBUN NATURAL PRESERVE OFFERS THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FORYOUR HOLIDAY WITH KIDS. HERE IN LIECHTENSTEINS MOUNTAINS THECLOCKS SEEM TO RUN SLOWER AND THAT IS GOOD. YOU GET TODISCOVER THE UNIQUE BEAUTY OF THE NATURE AROUND THE GORFIONHOTEL BREATHE THE FRESH AND CLEAN AIR OF THE ALPS ANDINDULGE IN THE TREATS OUR TEAM OFFERS. IN LINE… more »

LiechtensteinHOTEL RESTAURANT SCHATZMANN 

Landstrasse 80
Triesen 9495
Liechtenstein

Price (US$): $220 - $259 / night

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PROPERTY TYPEVACATION HOTEL VACATION/SEMINAR HOTEL BUSINESS/SEMINARHOTELYEAR BUILT 1995YEAR REMODELED 2011RATINGSMICHELIN 1 STARSTARS 4 STARSADDITIONAL HOTEL DESCRIPTIONHARMONIOUSLY EMBEDDED IN THE ORIGINAL NATURAL LANDSCAPE OFTHE PRINCIPALITY OF LIECHTENSTEIN EASILY REACHABLE BY CAROR BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT ONLY TWO MINUTES FROM THE CENTREOF VADUZ SURROUNDED BY MOUNTAINS AND BY PEOPLE OF GOODHUMOUR.THE INDIVIDUALITY OF THIS FAMILY MANAGED ESTABLISHMENT ISMIRRORED IN THE EXCEPTIONAL… more »

LiechtensteinHOTEL LANDHAUS 

Churer Strasse 4
Nendeln 9485
Liechtenstein

Price (US$): $146 - $147 / night

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PROPERTY TYPEVACATION HOTEL BUSINESS/SEMINAR HOTELYEAR BUILT 1971YEAR REMODELED 1999RATINGSSTARS 2 STARSADDITIONAL HOTEL DESCRIPTIONTHE HOTEL LANDHAUS IN NENDELN IN LIECHTENSTEIN OFFERS YOUEN SUITE ROOMS WITH CABLE TV AND A RESTAURANT WITH ACHARMING SUMMER TERRACE SERVING LOCAL CUISINE. THELANDHAUS HOTEL OFFERS FREE PARKING ON SITE. more »

LiechtensteinHOTEL WEINSTUBE 

Churer Strasse 10
Nendeln 9485
Liechtenstein

Price (US$): $171 - $202 / night

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PROPERTY TYPEVACATION HOTEL BUSINESS/SEMINAR HOTELYEAR BUILT 1986YEAR REMODELED 2012RATINGSSTARS 3 STARSADDITIONAL HOTEL DESCRIPTIONTHE FAMILY RUN HOTEL WEINSTUBE IS SITUATED IN THE CENTREOF NENDELN IN LIECHTENSTEIN. IT OFFERS HOME STYLE FOOD ENSUITE ROOMS WITH SATELLITE TV AND FREE PARKING.INGREDIENTS FOR THE SEASONAL DISHES COME FROM LOCALFARMERS WHICH YOU CAN ALSO ENJOY ON THE TERRACE OF THEHOTEL WEINSTUBE. more »

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Liechtenstein

Full name
Principality of Liechtenstein
Capital
Vaduz
Location

Central Europe, between Austria and Switzerland

Geographic coordinates

47 16 N, 9 32 E

Area comparative

about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC

Border countries

Austria 34.9 km, Switzerland 41.1 km

Coastline

0 km (doubly landlocked)

Climate

continental; cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow or rain; cool to moderately warm, cloudy, humid summers

Terrain

mostly mountainous (Alps) with Rhine Valley in western third

Lowest point

Ruggeller Riet 430 m

Highest point

Vorder-Grauspitz 2,599 m

Natural resources

hydroelectric potential, arable land

Population

35,002 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Liechtensteiner 65.6%, other 34.4% (2000 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 76.2%, Protestant 7%, unknown 10.6%, other 6.2% (June 2002)

Languages

German (official), Alemannic dialect

Government type

constitutional monarchy

Independence

23 January 1719 (Principality of Liechtenstein established); 12 July 1806 (independence from the Holy Roman Empire)

National holiday

Assumption Day, 15 August

Chief of state

Prince HANS ADAM II (since 13 November 1989, assumed executive powers on 26 August 1984); Heir Apparent Prince ALOIS, son of the monarch (born 11 June 1968); note - on 15 August 2004, HANS ADAM transferred the official duties of the ruling prince to ALOIS, but HANS ADAM retains status of chief of state

Head of government

Head of Government Klaus TSCHUETSCHER (since 25 March 2009)

Internet country code

.li

Internet users

23,000 (2009)

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