The Principality of Liechtenstein (German: Fürstentum Liechtenstein) is a doubly landlocked alpine microstate in Western Europe, bordered by Switzerland to the west and by Austria to the east. Its size is just over 160 km² with an estimated population of 35,000. Its capital is Vaduz, the biggest city is Schaan.
Liechtenstein is the smallest German-speaking country in the world. It is a constitutional monarchy divided into 11 municipalities. Much of Liechtenstein's terrain is mountainous, making it a winter sports destination. Many cultivated fields and small farms characterize its landscape both in the north (Unterland) and in the south (Oberland). The country has a strong financial sector and has been identified as a tax haven. It is a member of the European Free Trade Agreement. Liechtenstein is not part of the European Union and has shown no interest in joining.
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