Liechtenstein is in good shape, said Prince Hans-Adam II in the New Year’s interview with Radio Liechtenstein. “If you look back on the past 300 years, it has never been better for us, both domestically and in terms of foreign policy,” Liechtenstein’s head of state told editor-in-chief Martin Frommelt. The Prince regards the country’s sovereignty as “secured by international membership”. What’s more, Liechtenstein has a “superbly educated population that is very innovative”. The ongoing emergence of new, competitive companies allow Hans-Adam II “look towards the future with a great deal of optimism”.
The country’s per capita income overturns the assumptiong that Liechtenstein’s best years are already behind it, added the Prince. There are “always ups and downs” in the economy and “certain areas” of the financial centre would have suffered from developments such as lifting of banking secrecy. But the fact is that Liechtenstein provides almost as many jobs as it has residents and it has the highest per capita income in Europe, “if not worldwide”. Complaints to the contrary are merely “whining at a very high level”, he added. Liechtenstein survived the two difficult years of 2008 and 2009 better “than I had expected”.
In the same interview, the Prince clearly rejected a women's quota, which he sees as “undermining the democratic principle”. He has nothing against dissolving the two constituencies of Oberland and Unterland “in principle”, and instead says that the majority can decide who they would like to vote for in the single-chamber system.