Spokesperson’s Office, the Principality of Liechtenstein date 2009-12-09 accessdate 2009-12-22 Financial center Liechtenstein was in dire financial straits following the end of the war in Europe. The Liechtenstein dynasty often resorted to selling family artistic treasures, including the portrait "Ginevra de' Benci" by Leonardo da Vinci, which was purchased by the National Gallery of Art of the United States in 1967 for $5 million ($
power parity basis is $5.028 billion, or $89,400 per capita, which is the second highest in the world. Liechtenstein is a large producer of ceramics and is the world's largest producer of false teeth (dentures). Liechtenstein - famous for more than false teeth? Other industries include electronics, textiles, precision instruments, metal
manufacturing, power tools, anchor bolts, calculators, pharmaceuticals, and food products. Its most recognizable international company and largest employer is Hilti, a manufacturer of direct fastening systems (Nail gun) and other high-end power tools. Liechtenstein produces wheat, barley, corn, potatoes, dairy products, livestock, and wine (Liechtenstein wine). Tourism accounts for a large portion of the country's economy. Taxation File:Grenze Liechtenstein
format after a break of 3 years remained unchanged from the previous series: seven couples travelling around Europe on a coach like series 1 (Coach Trip (series 1)) for 30 days attempting vote off the least popular couples. With visits to Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg for the first time. Tour guide Brendan Sheerin and coach driver Paul Donald both returned for this series, which aired on Channel 4 with a similar end to Coach
developed on the lowlands and along the flat sea coasts of modern northern Germany (Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Hamburg, etc.). There are, as of October 2010, 38 Contracting States to the EPC, also called member states of the European Patent Organisation: EPO member states, retrieved on May 1, 2010 Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
of the Rhine . This political restructuring had broad consequences for Liechtenstein: the historical imperial, legal and political institutions had been dissolved. The state ceased to owe obligations to any feudal lord beyond its borders. Modern publications generally attribute Liechtenstein's sovereignty to these events. Its prince ceased to owe obligations to any suzerain. From 25 July 1806 when the Confederation of the Rhine was founded, the Prince of Liechtenstein was a member
a multinational council for German orthography for German-speaking countries—composed of experts from Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The current version of the Duden reflects the most recent opinions of this council. '''Liechtenstein''' competed at the '''2000 Summer Olympics''' in Sydney, Australia. '''Liechtenstein''' competed at the '''1996 Summer Olympics''' in Atlanta (Atlanta, Georgia), United States. 250px thumb Location of Laos within ASEAN (Image: Location Laos ASEAN.svg ). In 1994, Danish citizen Bjarne Jeppesen and his wife, New Zealand national, Julie Bruns, founded Gem Mining Lao PDR (GML) at Huay Xai (Ban Houayxay) with Lao-born American, Somkhit Vilavong. They were granted a 15-year concession from the Laotian government to mine Sapphires. American citizen Lee Wolf and Australian Trevor "Ted" Doyle, through their company Pacific East Trading Co, had a royalty agreement with GML whereby gems from the Huay Xai mine were sold in Bangkok but this was allegedly a cover for laundering money embezzled by Max Green. Wolf and Doyle had also loaned $3.8 million of Green's money to GML. Following Green's murder in 1998 Trevor "Ted" Doyle is the prime suspect in the murder. funding for the company ended and, through a series of share transactions, GML was acquired by Asia Sapphires Ltd. (ASL), which was floated on the Canadian stock exchange by Green's former partner, a disbared (Disbarment) Melbourne lawyer named Gary Shugg who retained Jeppesen and his wife as executive directors. After failure to pay Jeppesen and Bruns a promised shareholding in ASL they both resigned and Shugg, prevented from open participation due to his disbarment in Australia, began a board take over through friends in London claiming Jeppesen was mismanaging the company. Jeppesen and Bruns in reply claimed Shugg was illegally diverting millions of shares to a Liechtenstein based company. During the dispute mine equipment was sabotaged and plant machinery was sliced up with cutting torches. On 28 May 2000, Jeppesen and Bruns fled to Bangkok, Thailand after being accused of stealing Sapphires and in August quantities of the missing gems turned up in nearby Chanthaburi's gem market. Official religions A number of countries in Europe have official religions (state religion), including Liechtenstein, Monaco, the Vatican City (Catholic); Greece (Eastern Orthodox); Denmark, Iceland, Norway (Lutheran); and the United Kingdom(England alone) (Anglican). In Switzerland, some cantons (Cantons of Switzerland) are officially Catholic, others Reformed Protestant. Some Swiss villages even have their religion as well as the village name written on the signs at their entrances. 200px left thumb Founding Assembly of the International Delphic Council (Image:Founding1994.jpg), Schönhausen Palace, 1994 In Schönhausen Palace, 100 years after the revival of the Olympic Games met together in 1994 the representatives from Argentina, Austria, China, Cyprus, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, United States, who arrived to the founding congress of the International Delphic Council to establish the Delphic Games of the modern era, Delphische Spiele als Reflexion ihrer Zeit. «Athener Zeitung», Nr. 55, 16. Dezember 1994 The second coming of Delphic Games. «Daily Times», Nr. 20, January 27, 1995 , ''Hans-Georg Torkel''. Idee und Geschichte der Delphischen Bewegung «Innovations Forum», page 23, 2-2003 Founding Members ,. Chronology of the Delphic Games of the Modern Era States parties As of March 2012, 12 countries have ratified the convention: Commons:Category:Liechtenstein WikiPedia:Liechtenstein Dmoz:Regional Europe Liechtenstein
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FC Tobol 3–1 on aggregate. In the second round they played against Liechtensteiner team FC Vaduz, narrowly progressing on the away goals rule after a 2–2 aggregate draw. They were then put up against Macedonians (Macedonia (country)) FK Rabotnički. Basel won 6–2 at St. Jakob-Park and 1–0 at the Skopje City Stadium (National Arena Philip II of Macedon) to qualify for the group stages where they faced tough opposition, Blackburn Rovers F.C. Blackburn Rovers
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the Imperial throne, they held little power in the Holy Roman Empire. For this reason, the family sought to acquire lands that would be classed as ''unmittelbar'' ("unintermediated"), or held without any intermediate feudal tenure, directly from the Holy Roman Emperor. During the early 17th century Karl I of Liechtenstein (Karl I, Prince of Liechtenstein) was made a ''Fürst'' (prince) by the Holy Roman Emperor Matthias (Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor) after siding with him in a political
battle. Hans-Adam I (Hans-Adam I, Prince of Liechtenstein) was allowed to purchase the minuscule ''Herrschaft'' ("Lordship") of Schellenberg and county of Vaduz (in 1699 and 1712 respectively) from the Hohenems. Tiny Schellenberg and Vaduz had exactly the political status required: no feudal lord other than their comital (count) sovereign and the suzerain (Suzerainty) Emperor. Principality On 23 January 1719, after the lands had been purchased, Charles VI, Holy
'''Liechtenstein''', officially the '''Principality of Liechtenstein''' ( It is a constitutional monarchy headed by the Prince of Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein is bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and Austria to the east and north. It has an area of just over and an estimated population of 35,000. Divided into 11 municipalities (Municipalities of Liechtenstein), its capital is Vaduz and largest town Schaan.
Economically, Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world (List of countries by GDP (PPP) per capita) when adjusted by purchasing power parity. CIA – The World Factbook – Country Comparison :: GDP – per capita (PPP). Cia.gov. Retrieved on 2011-12-24. It is also the 2nd richest (by measure of GDP per capita) country in the world, after Qatar, and has one of the lowest unemployment rates (List of countries by unemployment rate) at 1.5%.
An alpine country (alpine states), Liechtenstein is mainly mountainous, making it a winter sports destination. Many cultivated fields and small farms are found both in the south (Oberland, ''upper land'') and north (Unterland, ''lower land''). The country has a strong financial sector (Financial services) centered in Vaduz, and has been identified as a tax haven. It is a member of the European Free Trade Association and part of the European Economic Area and the Schengen Area, but not of the European Union.