• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Liechtenstein is a sovereign state with a history dating back to 1342 when Count Hartmann III became ruler of the county of Vaduz. Additions were later made to the count’s domains and by 1434 the territory reached its present boundaries. On 23 Jan. 1719 the Emperor Charles VI constituted the two counties as the Principality of Liechtenstein. In 1862 the constitution established an elected diet. After the First World War, Liechtenstein was represented abroad by Switzerland. Swiss currency was adopted in 1921. On 5 Oct. 1921 a new constitution based on that of Switzerland extended democratic rights, but in March 2003 the people of Liechtenstein voted in a referendum to give their prince the power to govern without reference to elected representatives.


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Further Reading

  1. Amt für Volkswirtschaft. Statistisches Jahrbuch. VaduzGoogle Scholar
  2. Rechenschaftsbericht der Fürstlichen Regierung. Vaduz. Annual, from 1922Google Scholar
  3. Jahrbuch des Historischen Vereins. Vaduz. Annual since 1901Google Scholar
  4. National library: Landesbibliothek, VaduzGoogle Scholar
  5. Beattie, David, Liechtenstein: A Modern History. 2004Google Scholar
  6. National Statistical Office: Amt für Volkswirtschaft, Gerberweg 5, 9490 Vaduz.Google Scholar
  7. Website (limited English):

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