Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

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The Principality of Liechtenstein is located in Central Europe, bordered by Austria and Switzerland. With a population of about 37,000 people, Liechtenstein is one of the smallest independent nations in Europe. Liechtenstein is a hereditary constitutional monarchy, with a prince currently serving as head of state. A parliamentary system has been established, with a prime minister serving as head of government. The Prince maintains substantial political authority, which includes the right to veto laws adopted by parliament.

Prior to the end of World War I, Liechtenstein was tied closely to the Austria-Hungary empire. Following the end of World War II, Liechtenstein was in dire financial straits. In the decades that followed, Liechtenstein utilized a low corporate tax rate to attract companies to invest and set up within the its borders. Liechtenstein is now one of the wealthiest nations in the world, on a per capita basis. The country has a strong financial sector located in the capital of Vaduz.

Liechtenstein is packed with cycling and hiking trails, offering travellers an opportunity to explore small, intimate villages and discover spectacular alpine views. Because it is the only country located entirely in the alps, skiing is a major winter sport and an attraction for travellers.

Currency CHF: Swiss franc
Language German
Capital Vaduz
Recent Alerts None
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Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Liechtenstein. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a low risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Liechtenstein through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis B

There is a low risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Liechtenstein.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

There is a risk of tick-borne encephalitis in some areas of the country below 1,400 meters during outdoor activities in areas of vegetation (gardens, parks, forest fringes, meadows and marshes). The transmission season varies, however, and ticks are most active during early spring to late autumn (March to November).

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Liechtenstein.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Although there is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Although there is a low risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

The rabies vaccination is recommended for those travellers whose activities or work may bring them into contact with bats.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis Vaccine

Vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis is recommended if travelling in areas where contact with ticks might occur (camping, hiking, outdoor activities such as gardening and visiting parks and forests) below 1,400 meters during early spring to late autumn (March to November).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Liechtenstein.

None required.

Safety and Security in Liechtenstein

Emergency Numbers

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118

Personal Safety

Liechtenstein is a very safe country and crime rates are low. As in any crowded area or tourist destination, petty crime such as pickpocketing or bag snatching can occur. Travellers should always be aware of personal security and keep valuables and important documents, such as passports, secured and out of sight to avoid being targeted.

Winter driving conditions are often hazardous as the winding mountainous roads are often unplowed. Drivers should ensure that their cars are equipped with winter tires and snow chains.

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