Liechtenstein may be a small country, but its citizens are very proud of their local traditions. These can range from the language they speak to customs and values linked to the history of the Principality.
Liechtenstein's citzens speak an Alemannic dialect of German. Yet, despite the country's size, there is no "pure" Liechtenstein dialect. Instead, different variations of the dialect are spoken in the different regions an expression of the country's cultural diversity. Even today it is possible to tell which area of the country somebody is from simply by listening to them talk: Balzners, Triesenbergers and Ruggellers all speak in a certain way. A good example of this is the range of words used in Liechtenstein for "slippers", which can be called "Finka", "Tasi", "Tappa" and even "Pootscha" depending on where you are from.
Liechtenstein's citizens may be proud of their traditions, but they also never miss a chance to tease their fellow countrymen about the local clichés and stereotypes passed down through the generations. It is said, for example, that those from Balzers do everything very, very slowly; the common stereotype about people from the Unterland (north) of the country is that they own large amounts of land.
Another cultural aspect peculiar to Liechtenstein is the "Scheidgraben". This term was originally used to refer to a ditch marking the border between the Oberland (south) and the Unterland (north). The ditch still exists today, and although it is not particularly deep it remains a symbol of the divide between the two regions that make up the country. On each side of the "Scheidgraben" you will hear different dialects, and the results of elections and referendums are often influenced by which side you live on. Liechtenstein was originally formed when the Dominion of Schellenberg (purchased in 1699, today the "Unterland") and the County of Vaduz (puchased in 1712, today the "Oberland") were merged. That is why even today you will hear residents in the Unterland declare: "No Unterland, no fatherland."
On 13 November 2014 Liechtenstein celebrated the 25th anniversary of Prince Hans Adam II taking the throne. To mark the 25th anniversary of H.S.H. Prince Hans Adam II succeeding to the throne and the 10th anniversary of H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois being installed as his representative, an interview was carried out with the three generations of the Princely Family Reigning Prince Hans Adam, Hereditary Prince Alois and 19-year-old Prince Wenzel. Read the interview