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Summary: Located in central Europe, between Austria and Switzerland, Liechtenstein is mostly mountainous due to the Alps, with the Rhine Valley in western third of the country. Liechtenstein has developed into a prosperous, highly industrialized, free-enterprise economy with a vital financial service sector and living standards on a par with its large European neighbours.

Capital: Vaduz
Time Zone: DST +0200 UTC
Population: 33,436
Languages: German, Alemannic dialect
Power: 230 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Swiss Franc - Currently 1 CHF = 0.8832 USD $
Climate: Liechtenstein has a continental climate with cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow or rain, and cool to moderately warm, cloudy, and humid summers.

Vaduz: A town of 5,000 people, Vaduz is home to the prince and his small but excellent art collection, which is open to the public; as well, since the country is known for its distinctive stamps, its Postage Stamp Museum is found here.

Malbun: Malbun offers some great Alpine downhill skiing, and is surrounded by some of Liechtenstein's best resorts. Both beginners and advanced skiers will enjoy the region, and for the rank amateur, there are a few ski schools here as well.

Spend Your Euros: Although the Swiss Franc is the official currency, the euro is accepted and circulates informally.

Conservative: The right to vote was given to women in 1984, and some oldliners still prevail in their views. Also, treat acquaintances with courtesy until you are sure you are on friendly terms and understood.

When To Visit: August 15th is Liechtenstein's national holiday, and celebrations can include parades during the day and fireworks in the evening.

Food: The food is distinctly Germanic, and cheese dumplings are the national specialty.

Tipping: Most taxi fares, restaurant and hotel bills include a service charge. Check to confirm if a service charge has been included, otherwise, a standard 10-15 percent tip is appropriate.

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