History UsefulNotes / Liechtenstein

26th Dec '16 10:05:41 PM Chytus
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Owing to its status as a tax haven and its tiny population (around 37,000 as of 2014), it's one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of $157,040, just below the record holder UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}} and surpassing the status of the wealthiest "conventional" country, UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}} (for some reason, Liechtenstein and Monaco don't show up often in economic rankings, probably due to their status as tax havens) and ''three times'' the GDP per capita of the US. If one measures it with the cost of living, though (which is, um, [[{{Understatement}} a little expensive]]), it drops down by about $70,000 and ranks third, below Luxembourg.

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Owing to its status as a tax haven and its tiny population (around 37,000 as of 2014), it's one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of $157,040, just below the record holder UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}} and surpassing the status of the wealthiest "conventional" country, UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}} (for some reason, Liechtenstein and Monaco don't show up often in economic rankings, probably due to their status as tax havens) and ''three times'' the GDP per capita of the US. If one measures it with the cost of living, though (which is, um, [[{{Understatement}} a little expensive]]), very expensive), it drops down by about $70,000 and ranks third, below Luxembourg.



Due to expropriations of the ruling family's property and fallout from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bene%C5%A1_decrees Beneš decrees]] that expelled ethnic Germans and Hungarians, Liechtenstein had a long feud with Czechoslovakia, taken so far as to not have relations with UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic and UsefulNotes/{{Slovakia}} after the Velvet Divorce. This policy was finally changed as they established diplomatic relations with the Czech Republic in July 2009, and Slovakia five months later.

Holds the record for possibly [[ImprobableAge the youngest leader ever elected in Europe]], after Mario Frick won elections in 1993 and became Prime Minister aged 28. He was in office until 2001.

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Due to expropriations of the ruling family's property and fallout from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bene%C5%A1_decrees org/wiki/Benes_decrees Beneš decrees]] that expelled ethnic Germans and Hungarians, Liechtenstein had a long feud with Czechoslovakia, taken so far as to not have relations with UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic and UsefulNotes/{{Slovakia}} after the Velvet Divorce. This policy was finally changed as they established diplomatic relations with the Czech Republic in July 2009, and Slovakia five months later.

Holds the record for possibly [[ImprobableAge the youngest leader ever elected in Europe]], Europe, after Mario Frick won elections in 1993 and became Prime Minister aged 28. He was in office until 2001.



It was also once invaded by the Swiss. By accident. Apparently a commando group got lost after taking a wrong turn somewhere. Make of that what you will.[[note]]This was the ''third'' time the Swiss military got into Liechtenstein - they also set up an observation post in Liechtenstein without realizing they weren't in Switzerland, and also set fire to a forest by way of wayward rockets. Liechtenstein's response to all three was a resounding shrug.[[/note]]

Random trivia note: It, along with [[UsefulNotes/{{Uzbekistan}} Uzbekistan]], is one of the only two doubly landlocked countries in the world. This means it only borders other landlocked countries, so a person has to cross two borders to find a sea.

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It was also once invaded by the Swiss. By accident. Apparently a commando group got lost after taking a wrong turn somewhere. Make of that what you will.[[note]]This was the ''third'' time the Swiss military got into Liechtenstein - they also set up an observation post in Liechtenstein without realizing they weren't in Switzerland, and also set fire to a forest by way of wayward rockets. Liechtenstein's response to all three was a resounding shrug.[[/note]]

Random trivia note: It, along with [[UsefulNotes/{{Uzbekistan}} Uzbekistan]], UsefulNotes/{{Uzbekistan}}, is one of the only two doubly landlocked countries in the world. This means it only borders other landlocked countries, so a person has to cross two borders to find a sea.



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13th Nov '16 1:53:16 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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Owing to its status as a tax haven and its tiny population (around 37,000 as of 2014), it's one of the wealthiest country in the world, with a GDP per capita of $157,040, just below the record holder UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}} and surpassing the status of the wealthiest "conventional" country, UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}} (for some reason, Liechtenstein and Monaco don't show up often in economic rankings, probably due to their status as tax havens) and ''three times'' the GDP per capita of the US. If one measures it with the cost of living, though (which is, um, [[{{Understatement}} a little expensive]]), it drops down by about $70,000 and ranks third, below Luxembourg.

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Owing to its status as a tax haven and its tiny population (around 37,000 as of 2014), it's one of the wealthiest country countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of $157,040, just below the record holder UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}} and surpassing the status of the wealthiest "conventional" country, UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}} (for some reason, Liechtenstein and Monaco don't show up often in economic rankings, probably due to their status as tax havens) and ''three times'' the GDP per capita of the US. If one measures it with the cost of living, though (which is, um, [[{{Understatement}} a little expensive]]), it drops down by about $70,000 and ranks third, below Luxembourg.
13th Nov '16 1:47:31 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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It was also once invaded by the Swiss. By accident. Apparently a commando group got lost after taking a wrong turn somewhere. Make of that what you will.[[note]]This was the ''third'' time the Swiss military got into Liechtenstein - they also set up an observation post in Liechtenstein without realizing they weren't in Switzerland, and also set fire to a forest by way of wayward rockets. Leichtenstein's response to all three was a resounding shrug.[[/note]]

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It was also once invaded by the Swiss. By accident. Apparently a commando group got lost after taking a wrong turn somewhere. Make of that what you will.[[note]]This was the ''third'' time the Swiss military got into Liechtenstein - they also set up an observation post in Liechtenstein without realizing they weren't in Switzerland, and also set fire to a forest by way of wayward rockets. Leichtenstein's Liechtenstein's response to all three was a resounding shrug.[[/note]]
3rd Sep '16 11:03:44 AM Morgenthaler
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Liechtenstein, officially known as the Principality of Liechtenstein ('''German:''' ''Fürstentum Liechtenstein''), is a tiny principality - just 62 square miles - sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland in the middle of the Alps. The river Rhine forms its western border and much of the country is made up of mountains. The country is the last German-speaking monarchy and (arguably) the last remaining remnant of the HolyRomanEmpire.

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Liechtenstein, officially known as the Principality of Liechtenstein ('''German:''' ''Fürstentum Liechtenstein''), is a tiny principality - just 62 square miles - sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland in the middle of the Alps. The river Rhine forms its western border and much of the country is made up of mountains. The country is the last German-speaking monarchy and (arguably) the last remaining remnant of the HolyRomanEmpire.
UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire.



When Napoleon dissolved the HolyRomanEmpire, the von Liechtensteins found themselves in charge of an independent country and finally got round to actually visiting it. However, they were an Austrian noble family and mostly stayed in Vienna until the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI brought Imperial Austria crashing down.

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When Napoleon dissolved the HolyRomanEmpire, UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire, the von Liechtensteins found themselves in charge of an independent country and finally got round to actually visiting it. However, they were an Austrian noble family and mostly stayed in Vienna until the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI brought Imperial Austria crashing down.
2nd Jun '16 12:47:20 AM Doug86
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When Napoleon dissolved the HolyRomanEmpire, the von Liechtensteins found themselves in charge of an independent country and finally got round to actually visiting it. However, they were an Austrian noble family and mostly stayed in Vienna until the end of WorldWarOne brought Imperial Austria crashing down.

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When Napoleon dissolved the HolyRomanEmpire, the von Liechtensteins found themselves in charge of an independent country and finally got round to actually visiting it. However, they were an Austrian noble family and mostly stayed in Vienna until the end of WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI brought Imperial Austria crashing down.
31st May '16 3:23:57 PM RoseAndHeather
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It was also once invaded by the Swiss. By accident. Apparently a commando group got lost after taking a wrong turn somewhere. Make of that what you will.[[note]]This was the ''third'' time the Swiss military got into Liechtenstein - they also set up an observation post in Liechtenstein without realizing they weren't in Switzerland, and also set fire to a forest by way of wayward rockets.[[/note]]

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It was also once invaded by the Swiss. By accident. Apparently a commando group got lost after taking a wrong turn somewhere. Make of that what you will.[[note]]This was the ''third'' time the Swiss military got into Liechtenstein - they also set up an observation post in Liechtenstein without realizing they weren't in Switzerland, and also set fire to a forest by way of wayward rockets. Leichtenstein's response to all three was a resounding shrug.[[/note]]



Liechtenstein has the same National Anthem melody as the United Kingdom, and yes they played a football/soccer match against each other before.

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Liechtenstein has the same National Anthem melody as the United Kingdom, and yes yes, they ''have'' played a football/soccer match against each other before.
24th Jan '16 11:29:31 PM Dimas28
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Owing to its status as a tax haven and its tiny population (around 37,000 as of 2014), it's one of the wealthiest country in the world, with a GDP per capita of $157,040, just below the record holder UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}} and surpassing the status of the wealthiest "conventional" country, UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}} (for some reason, Liechtenstein and Monaco don't show up often in economic rankings, probably due to their status as tax havens) and ''three times'' the GDP per capita of the US. If one measures it with the cost of living, though (which is, um, [[{{Understatement}} a little expensive]]), it drops down by about $70,000 and ranks third, below Luxembourg.

Liechtensteiners speak a dialect typical of the Alpine Germans, the Alemannic, which is highly divergent from the German of the lowlands. Like its eastern neighbor, UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} (but unlike Germans elsewhere), the German population is almost entirely Roman Catholic. The rest of the population mainly consists of Turks and other peoples of former Yugoslavia who are either Muslims or Orthodox Christians.



Liechtenstein does not have an army, having dissolved it in 1868.

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Liechtenstein does not have an army, having dissolved it in 1868. \n Then again, considering how tiny your country and population are and being surrounded by two much bigger allies who speak the same language as you are, you probably don't need it.
28th Sep '15 11:46:23 PM msq
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The country's ruling dynasty is also considered to be one of the most powerful monarchs in Europe, due to the fact that the Prince has the final say government policy.

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The country's ruling dynasty is also considered to be one of the most powerful monarchs monarchies in Europe, due to the fact that the Prince has the final say in government policy.
26th Sep '15 3:59:51 PM nombretomado
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->The blue and red stripes derive from the livery of the nation's same-named royal family during the 18th century; to differentiate this flag from that of Haiti (after some confusion arose between both nations during the 1936 OlympicGames in Berlin), Liechtenstein added a golden crown at the canton (while Haiti added their coat of arms).

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->The blue and red stripes derive from the livery of the nation's same-named royal family during the 18th century; to differentiate this flag from that of Haiti (after some confusion arose between both nations during the 1936 OlympicGames UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in Berlin), Liechtenstein added a golden crown at the canton (while Haiti added their coat of arms).
16th May '15 4:29:46 PM nombretomado
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Also won the 2003 Ignobel prize in economics due to the odd policy of the tourism board allowing the entire nation to be rented for a party (in 2012, ''{{Halo}} 4'' rented it for a launch event)

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Also won the 2003 Ignobel prize in economics due to the odd policy of the tourism board allowing the entire nation to be rented for a party (in 2012, ''{{Halo}} 4'' ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' rented it for a launch event)
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