Interesting facts about the Principality of Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein's official language is German. It should be noted that this is the smallest German-speaking country and has no common borders with Germany. The national currency of this dwarf state is the Swiss franc. And with the anthem it is even more interesting, its melody is the same as that of the Great Britain anthem, only the words differ.

The capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein is Vaduz. Despite its capital status, Vaduz is not the largest settlement in the country; in terms of population, it is inferior to the city of Shan. However, less than 6 thousand people live in both one and the other "city".

The railway connecting Switzerland and Austria passes through Liechtenstein. The Liechtenstein section is just over 9 kilometers long, but it has four stations. Interestingly, in 1997, a commemorative 5 euro coin was issued, dedicated to a significant event - the 125th anniversary of the railways of this tiny state.

Mountains occupy most of Liechtenstein's territory. It is not surprising that this country is one of the centers of ski tourism. Even the only Olympic champion in the history of the country, Wenzel Hanni, won two gold medals in alpine skiing. At the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, she became the strongest in two disciplines - slalom and giant slalom. True, Hanni was born in Germany, but at a young age she moved to Liechtenstein at the invitation of the famous philanthropist Eduard Falz-Fein, who attracted talented athletes to the country.

It is interesting that Eduard Aleksandrovich von Faltz-Fein was born in 1912 in the Kherson province, after the revolution the family went abroad. On September 14 this year, the native of the Russian Empire turned 106 years old. He is probably the oldest resident of Liechtenstein.

The country has a very low crime rate. Food for a few prisoners is brought from the restaurant. And this is not caused by care, but by simple prudence - it is cheaper that way than maintaining your cafeteria and staff. However, the local prison contains only those whose prison term does not exceed two years. The rest of the lawbreakers are sent to Austrian prisons.

The population of Liechtenstein is just over 30 thousand inhabitants. At the same time, more than 70 thousand foreign companies are registered in the country - two for each resident! This is due to the fact that the country has low taxes. In addition, Liechtenstein receives substantial revenues (10% of the budget) from the issue of postage stamps. Liechtenstein is one of the few countries in the world that has no external debt.

Every fifth denture in the world is manufactured in Liechtenstein. In the city of Shan (the largest settlement in the country), about 60 million of these products are produced annually.

In conclusion, there is one more interesting fact. How this country got its name. At the beginning of the 18th century, these lands were acquired by Prince Hans-Adam of Liechtenstein. In 1719, the new principality was named Liechtenstein after its ruler.