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Liechtenstein

Country Name

Liechtenstein, officially the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Location

Liechtenstein is a microstate situated in the Alps and in the southwest of Central Europe.

Liechtenstein is bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and Austria to the east and north.

Liechtenstein

Capital 

Vaduz.

Reason For Naming the country

On 23 January 1719, after the lands had been purchased, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, announced that Vaduz and Schellenberg were united and elevated the newly formed territory to the dignity of Fürstentum (principality) with the name "Liechtenstein" in honour of "his true servant, Anton Florian of Liechtenstein".

Flag

The flag was given official status in the constitution of October 1921.

the flag was adopted on June 30, 1982.

The flag consists of two horizontal stripes of equal size, the upper stripe is 

 blue and the bottom one is red.

In the left part of the blue bar, the motif of a golden prince crown is located.

The crown was added in 1937 in order not to be confused with the former

flag of Haiti at Berlin´s Olympic Games.

The colors and symbols of the flag carry cultural, political, and regional meanings.

The blue represents the sky, and the red represents the evening fires that are lit inside houses throughout the country. 

The golden crown represents the unity of the people and their prince.

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Religion

According to the Constitution of Liechtenstein, Catholicism is its official state religion:

Liechtenstein offers protection to adherents of all religions, and considers the "religious interests of the people" a priority of the government.

 9.6% are either Protestant, mainly organized in the Evangelical Church in Liechtenstein (a United church, Lutheran & Reformed) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Liechtenstein, or Orthodox, mainly organized in the Christian-Orthodox Church.

 The largest minority religion is Islam (5.4% of the total population).

Language 

The official language is German; most speak an Alemannic dialect of German that is highly different from Standard German but closely related to dialects spoken in nearby regions such as Switzerland and Vorarlberg, Austria.

In Triesenberg, a Walser German dialect promoted by the municipality is spoken. Swiss Standard German is also understood and spoken by most Liechtensteiners.

English is used to a lesser extent. It serves as the main language for giving instructions to higher education students. Consequently, English has thrived a lot in Liechtenstein to become the most popular second language. However, German is mainly used as the primary language of instruction in the educational institutions at the primary and secondary levels.

Currency

Swiss franc (CHF)

Time Zone

+02:00 GMT.  (Summer Time)

+01:00 GMT.

Government Regime

Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy.

Climate

The climate in Liechtenstein is continental at low altitude, while it's Alpine in the mountains. 

In winter, from December to February, cloudy and dull days are frequent, accompanied with rain or snow, typically light but continuous.

During summer, from June to August, in periods of good weather, there can be hot temperatures in the valley, which can be interrupted by thunderstorms, sometimes intense, in the afternoon or evening.
The best time to visit Liechtenstein runs from mid-May to late September, when the weather is mild or pleasantly warm during the day, but cool at night in the valley and even cold in the mountains; however, there can be some cool and rainy days, and afternoon thunderstorms are frequent, especially in the mountains.
 

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International Phone Code

+423

Internet Code

.li

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