Country's Map, Scenery and National Symbols
SEVEN INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT LIECHTENSTEIN, YOU PROBABLY NEVER HEARD:
- Liechtenstein is one of the three states in the world that have a name given in honor of the ruling dynasty (von und zu Liechtenstein), along with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (the Hashemite dynasty is in power) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (the Saudi dynasty). Moreover, the Liechtenstein dynasty has ruled the country since its foundation in 1719.
- Liechtenstein is a state associated with Switzerland, which means that the principality retains its sovereignty, but in fact transfers a significant share of the country's government to the Swiss government. Even Liechtenstein's currency is not the euro, but the Swiss franc.
- The crime rate in Liechtenstein is close to zero. Many locals do not lock their doors at night or when they leave home. There are fewer than a hundred police officers in Liechtenstein, and about 7 people serve prison sentences a year. Food is brought to the prisoners from the restaurant, as it is more profitable than hiring a cook.
- The Liechtenstein authorities provide any person with the opportunity to rent the whole country for a day and try himself in the role of a monarch. The cost of such a service is $ 70 thousand. It includes a tour of the capital, descent from the snowy Alps, a visit to ancient castles, wine tasting and festive fireworks. The indicated price also includes the stay of 150 guests, who will record a brief moment of the newly-minted autocrat's stay in power. The ceremony of presenting the symbolic keys to the principality takes place in the palace of parliament. People book such an adventure six months in advance.
- The melody of the Liechtenstein anthem is the same as the melody of the Great Britain one, but their lyrics are different. This is not the only coincidence. At the 1939 Summer Olympics in Berlin, it was discovered that the Liechtenstein flag had been exactly the same as that of Haiti. Then the principality decided to rectify the situation and added a crown to the blue stripe.
- Not being a member of either the European Union or NATO, Liechtenstein is a member of the European Economic Area and is a member of the Schengen Agreement.
- In Liechtenstein, there is only one national TV channel, all the rest broadcast from Switzerland and Austria.
- The population of Liechtenstein is around 39 thousand people. Approximately the same number of people lives in Beverly Hills (USA) or town of Uriupinsk, Volgograd Region of Russia.
- Indigenous people make up 66% of population, foreigners - 34% or 13 thousand people.
- Official language of Liechtenstein is German, however the majority of the local people speaks the Alemannic dialect of German.
- It is noteworthy that Liechtenstein is the only state in which German is the only official language. In other countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Denmark), where the German language is official, other languages have official or local status as well.
- Schaan, Vaduz, Triesen, Balzers
- Vaduz, the capital, serves as the seat of the country's government and the Archdiocese of Vaduz.
- The population of the capital is approximately 5,5 thousand people.
- The most populous city of the country, Shan, is located only 3 km from the capital. It is interesting primarily for its historical artifacts, in particular the remains of ancient Roman settlements.