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Mostly mountainous (Alps) with Rhine Valley in western third


Continental; cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow or rain; cool to moderately warm, cloudy, humid summers


Nationality: Liechtensteiner(s)
Population: 37,313 (July 2014 est.) 
Languages: German 94.5% (official) (Alemannic is the main dialect), Italian 1.1%, other 4.3% (2010 est.) 



Roman Catholic (official) 75.9%, Protestant Reformed 6.5%, Muslim 5.4%, Lutheran 1.3%, other 1.8%, none 5.4%, unspecified 2.6%  (2010 est.)


Despite its small size and limited natural resources, Liechtenstein has developed into a prosperous, highly industrialized, free-enterprise economy with a vital financial service sector and likely the second highest per capita income in the world. The Liechtenstein economy is widely diversified with a large number of small businesses. Low business taxes (the maximum tax rate is 20%) and easy incorporation rules have induced many holding companies to establish nominal offices in Liechtenstein.

Living Conditions

Liechtenstein is a modern, industrialized country whose residents enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world. Most Liechtensteiners live in single-family homes, although apartment living has become common for young families who cannot afford their own homes. There is sufficient housing for all of Liechtenstein's inhabitants, and dwellings range from wooden houses scattered across picturesque mountain villages to modern multi-story apartment buildings in the capital city of Vaduz.


Hereditary constitutional monarchy

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