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Overview

Liechtenstein is a microstate located in Western Europe next to Switzerland and Austria. The Principality of Liechtenstein is just six kilometers wide and 25 kilometers long — about the size of Manhattan — and has just 35,000 people. The only alpine nation lying entirely in the Alps, Liechtenstein has the highest GDP in the entire world. Most of the country is mountainous, enabling it easily to be both a summer and winter paradise. Although its rolling green manicured fields beneath the mountains are legendary, what Liechtenstein is mainly known for — other than clocks and watches — is its financial sector. It's a tax haven for the wealthy. Interestingly, the country is not a member of the European Union.

Like its neighbor Switzerland, Liechtenstein remained neutral during the Second World War and thus became one of Europe's safekeeping 'lockers' for heirlooms and art. The country also gave asylum to Russian soldiers who were fighting for Germany during the war, difficult to do when most of its citizens were so poor. After the war, the Lichtenstein dynasty had to sell their family treasures, most notably a famous portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, which was sold to the National Gallery of Art in the U.S. The country prospered in the ensuing decades after the war, attracting companies with its low corporate taxes. The world's sixth richest leader is the Prince of Lichtenstein, with an approximate wealth of a mere five billion US dollars. The country itself has one of the highest standards of living in the world.

Though the country is tiny, it's also gigantic since it's filled with some of the Alps' highest mountains. Numerous biking and hiking trails network through the country, all of them providing inspiring alpine scenery of old villages, verdant forests and farmers plowing their ancient fields.

The capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz has a surprising amount to do for its size, such as exploring the forty-plus exhibition rooms in the Liechtenstein National Museum, all detailing the country's natural history as well as national history. For art lovers, the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein showcases contemporary art and doubles as the country's national gallery. There's even a ski museum called FIS Ski, detailing the history of skiing over the past hundred years. The Liechtenstein Center, the official tourist office of the country, has state-of-the-art technology displaying multimedia events as well as vintage film footage, all very informative. There's also a store in the center where you can also buy, among other treasures, Lichtenstein stamps — stamps are something Liechtenstein has gone in for over the years: tiny country, giant stamps, a collector's dream.

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