10 Things about Liechtenstein
- The Principality of Liechtenstein has a customs and monetary union with Switzerland, maintaining no official border with the Swiss and also uses Swiss Franc as its official currency.
- It is one of the only two double-landlocked countries in the world, bordered to the east by Austria and to the south and west by Switzerland.
- Liechtenstein has an area of just over 160 square kilometres and a population of about 37,000.
- While Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein, the most populous city is Schaan.
- It has often been said that Liechtenstein stands as the last remnant of the Holy Roman Empire.
- Prince Franz Joseph II, the father of the current Prince of Liechtenstein, was the first Prince to take up permanent residence in Liechtenstein.
- Due to its size, Liechtenstein has no airports. The closest major airport is in Zurich, Switzerland.
- It is not a member of the EU.
- About 76% of Liechtensteiners are Roman Catholics.
- The Prince of Liechtenstein opens his castle grounds on 15 Aug every year on Liechtenstein’s National Day and invites residents of Liechtenstein to mingle with the Princely Family while enjoying beer and delicacies.