Independence Year : 1806
Population : 32300
Life Expectancy : 78.8
Capital : 2446
GNP : 1119.00
GNP Old : 1084.00
Local Name : Liechtenstein
Government Form : Constitutional Monarchy
Location : Landlocked small Central European country, between Austria and Switzerland
Terrain : 66 % mountains (Alps), the remainder hills and plateau situated next to the Rhine Valley.
Climate : Continental with four seasons, cold winters with snow or rain; cool to moderately warm summers.
Ethnic Group : Liechtensteiners, Swiss, Austrians and Germans.
Religions : Roman Catholic 80.4%, Protestant 7.1%, other religions 12.5%.
Official Website : www.fuerstenhaus.li
Genral Information - Liechtenstein
The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719; it became a sovereign state in 1806. Until the end of World War I, it was closely tied to Austria, but the economic devastation caused by that conflict forced Liechtenstein to conclude 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. However, shortcomings in banking regulatory oversight have resulted in concerns about the use of the financial institutions for money laundering.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)