The following section contains fascinating information for Liechtenstein aficionados or those who simply want to be in the know. Liechtenstein inside, in a nutshell, and with a look behind the scenes.
Did you know that
... with a surface area of 160 km², Liechtenstein is the fourth-smallest state in Europe and the sixth-smallest in the world?
... Liechtenstein is one of three countries with the same name as its head of state? (the other two countries are Saudi Arabia and Luxembourg)
... the Principality is a land-locked country without an airfield, without a harbour and without its own motorway?
... Liechtenstein does not have its own currency, and that the Swiss franc has been the official legal tender since 1924?
... Liechtenstein abolished its army in 1868?
... Liechtenstein's lowest point is 259.14 metres higher than Denmark's highest point? (Ruggeller Riet 430 metres above sea-level / Mollehoj 170.86 metres above sea-level)
... the Princely Family can frequently be seen going about their daily business, shopping or attending a concert?
... children greet the Prince with a friendly "Hoi Förscht"?
... each year schoolchildren are invited by the Princess to Vaduz Castle to celebrate her name day?
... Parliament, as a consequence of the increase in the number of its members from 15 to 25 and the resulting shortage of space, met between 1989 and 1995 in the house in which the great Liechtenstein composer, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, was born?
... the Parliament Building is popularly called "s' gross Huus" (the big house)?
... it is by no means rare to see members of the Government playing a part in Liechtenstein's varied cultural life as musical actors, orchestra or band members?
... 1,000,000 bricks were laid around the government quarter in Vaduz? This corresponds to a length of 250 km or three times the circumference of Liechtenstein.
... Liechtenstein has 1 company for every 9 inhabitants, which is probably the highest corporate density on the planet?
... top international acts such as AC/DC use the innovative plugs made by the company Neutrik from Schaan to rock the stadiums of the world?
... thanks to the heating and ventilation system made by the Vaduz-based company Hoval, Queen Elisabeth always enjoys a pleasant indoor climate in Buckingham Palace?
... every sixth pizza that is eaten in Germany comes from the Liechtenstein-based company Ospelt Food GmbH?
... between 1968 and 2015, Liechtenstein participants at Worldskills (vocational world championships) were awarded 16 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 20 bronze medals as well as 66 special commendation diplomas?
... in Liechtenstein, in proportion to the population, twice as many people take music lessons than in Switzerland, and five times more than in Germany