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Its located in central Europe and bordered on the east by Austria and on the south, west, and north by Switzerland. It isone of the smallest countries in the world, with a total area of only 160 square kilometers. Liechtenstein is about 25 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide.
The western edge of the territory lies inthe valley of the upper Rhine River and contains a narrow flat strip of arable land. The rest of the area consists of the foothills of the Alps, covered with forests and rising to several high andrugged peaks in the south. Along with Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Liechtenstein is one of the only two doubly landlocked countries in the world (bounded by other land-locked countries only). The capitaland principal urban center, Vaduz, is a small town with a population of about 5,000 located in the west-central part of the country near the Rhine River.
Approximately 88 percent of the populationare traditionally Roman Catholic.
Primary and secondary education is free in Liechtenstein and schooling is required for 8 years. The capital is Vaduz and the monetary unit is the Swiss Franc (SFR).The country maintains a monetary and customs union with Switzerland. The Liechtenstein monetary, fiscal, and banking systems can therefore be regarded as an extension of their Swiss counterparts. Theyexport small specialty machinery, dental products, stamps, hardware, pottery. They import machinery, metal goods, textiles, foodstuffs, motor vehicles, fuels.
Liechtenstein is a constitutionalmonarchy governed by a hereditary prince.
Legislative power is vested in the unicameral parliament, consisting of 25 members elected by universal suffrage for 4-year terms.
The state religionis Roman Catholicism, to which about 77% of the population adheres; however, absolute freedom of worship prevails. According to a 2000 report, 0.07% of the population are Protestants; and 0.04% are...