What is Liechtenstein? Liechtenstein is a landlocked country between Switzerland and Austria. The official currency is the Swiss franc, though euros are also accepted. Liechtenstein is small, so everyone knows each other.
160 square kilometres
37,623 (as of 31.12.2015)
Form of government
Constitutional hereditary monarchy on a democratic and parliamentary basis
Head of state
Prince Hans-Adam II. In 2004, Prince Hans-Adam II entrusted Hereditary Prince Alois with exercising sovereign powers as his representative
Collegial government with five members
25 Members of Parliament with a four-year period of office
Lowest elevation: Ruggeller Riet (430m altitude)
Highest elevation: Grauspitz (2599m altitude)
Maximum length and width
24.6km long and 12.4 km wide
76km (41.1km border with Switzerland, 34.9km border with Austria)
Official languge is German. An Alemannic dialect is spoken in day-to-day affairs.
79% Roman Catholic; 8% Protestant, 13% other
The official currency in Liechtenstein is the Swiss franc (CHF). Euros are also widely accepted.
220V alternating current
International dialing code
In winter temperatures rarely drop below -15°C, while in summer the average temperature varies between 20 and 28°C. Despite its mountainous location, Liechtenstein enjoys a mild climate that is strongly influenced by the southerly Föhn wind.
Central European Time (GMT +1 hour), summer time (+1 hour) from the last weekend in March until the last weekend in October.
General opening hours of shops:
Monday to Friday: 8.00 until 12.00, 13.30 until 18.30, Saturday 8.00 until 16.00. Souvenir shops in Vaduz are also open on Sundays and bank holidays between April and October.
Wine, ceramics, stamps, sweets & pastries, Swarovski crystal figurines, books about Liechtenstein, watches, jewellery, etc.