The national anthem composed by Josef Frommelt in 1983 remains the official version of the national anthem of the Principality of Liechtenstein. It is heavily influenced by the national anthem of the United Kingdom and is sung every year at the end of the State Act held as part of the National Day.
There are no exact records documenting when the national anthem was first performed. Josef Frommelt, who conducted much research into the history of the national anthem, found an article in the Liechtensteiner Volksblatt from 1895 reporting the singing of a national folk anthem. The tune of the national anthem comes from England and, despite several small changes, has remained very similar to the national anthem of the United Kingdom that was first played in 1745. Frommelt believes that the tune, which was sung in several different countries in the early 19th century, was originally brought to the Principality by Liechtensteiners living abroad.
Current research indicates that the words sung to the national anthem were written by Jakob Josef Jauch, a Swiss citizen who worked as a vicar in Balzers from 1852. The exact wording of the text has been changed on several occasions. In 1963 the parliament agreed on the version which is still in use today. The tune was also subject to changes over the course of time, so in 1983 the government asked Josef Frommelt to compose an official version. This remains the official version used today and is very similar to the national anthem of the United Kingdom.
The national anthem is sung every year by the people during the State Act held on the lawn in front of Vaduz Castle as part of the National Day. The official words sung to the national anthem today are:
Up above the young Rhine lies Liechtenstein, resting on Alpine heights.
This beloved homeland, this dear fatherland was chosen for us by God's wise hand.
Long live Liechtenstein, blossoming on the young Rhine, fortunate and faithful!
Long live the Prince of the Land, long live our fatherland, through bonds of brotherly love united and free!