The country of Liechtenstein was officially formed in 1719, when the counties of Vaduz and Schellenberg consolidated under the house of Liechtenstein. Over the next two centuries, Liechtenstein allied itself with the powerful Habsburg monarchy in Austria. After World War I, the Habsburg monarchy was abolished and Liechtenstein formed a connection with Switzerland that continues today.
Prince Franz Joseph II became the sovereign ruler of Liechtenstein in 1938. His son, Hans Adam II succeeded him in 1989. Today, two political parties share governing rights in Liechtenstein, even though Switzerland has diplomatically represented it since 1919. Foreign workers comprise nearly one third of the population.
Roman Catholics make up about 80 percent of the population, while Protestants comprise only about seven percent. Unfortunately, the Assemblies of God has no presence in Liechtenstein.
Additional Facts About Liechtenstein
- Capital: Vaduz
- Area: 61 square miles
- Population: 37,000
- Urbanization: 14%
- Government: Hereditary constitutional monarchy
- Languages: German (official) and Alemmanic dialect
- Agriculture: Grains, corn and potatoes
- Industry: Precision instruments, electronics, textiles and ceramics