Flag of Liechtenstein
Principality of Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein


National anthem of Liechtenstein

Oben am jungen Rhein

Oben am jungen Rhein (Up above the young Rhine) is the national anthem of Liechtenstein.
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Map of Liechtenstein

Map of Liechtenstein

Basic information on 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 enter into 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. Shortcomings in banking regulatory oversight resulted in concerns about the use of financial institutions for money laundering. However, Liechtenstein implemented anti-money-laundering legislation over the past several years and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US went into effect in 2003.
Location Central Europe, between Austria and Switzerland
Population 34,247 (July 2007 est.)
Nationality noun: Liechtensteiner(s) adjective: Liechtenstein
Flag description two equal horizontal bands of blue (top) and red with a gold crown on the hoist side of the blue band