Liechtenstein Local Customs

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Liechtenstein Local Customs

  • Banks, Stamps and Mailboxes

    Liechtenstein is well-known for its mailbox companies, colorful postal stamps (those two businesses go hand-in-hand), and off-shore banking (a spin-off of the previous two). Liechtenstein banking has no choice but to be offshore because Lichtenstein is a landlocked country without any shores.The picture shows one of the famous mailbox companies. I...

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  • Principality

    Liechtenstein is a principality and being a principality means that you have a Prince. And unlike some other figurehead Princes that don't seem to have much more of a function than creating a little gossip now and then for the tabloids, this Prince demanded, and received, a good deal of power when in 2003 he threatened to pack up his castle and...

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  • Don't party yourself out!

    Yes, it's another party. At the beginning of Lent, Liechtenstein celebrates their own version of 'Mardis Gras', called Fasnacht.For the week leading up to Ash Wednesday the whole country goes mad, with maskerade balls, themed bars, processions, etc. And if you have the energy (I don't anymore) you can then spend the day skiing!To find out more -...

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  • Party, Party, Party

    Every year on the 15th August, the country puts on a show. All buses are FREE all day, and the capital - Vaduz - is made a pedestrians paradise, with stalls selling all sorts of food, drinks, trinkets, etc.The day is finished off with a massive firework spectacular.Accomodation can be difficult at that time of year, so book early. And enjoy a...

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  • Traditional Clothes

    When I was in the little village of Steg, in the Liechtensteiner mountains, I was surprised to see this friendly old man dressed completely in the traditional clothes. You do see people like this oon postcards and on TV, but I was happily surprised to see this man being dressed completely like that, in real life. His high socks, his blouse and...

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  • Liechtenstein's Flag

    Liechtenstein's national colours are red and blue. These are the two colours that made the original national flag: two horizontal stripes, blue and red. The flag was like this until 1937. In that year it changed because of a special reason.In 1936 Liechtenstein was competing in the Olympic Games in Berlin. There, the athletes found out that Haiti...

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  • English in Liechtenstein

    Speaking English in Liechtenstein normally will not cause any problems. Most of the young people understand and speak it, but especially older people -mostly living outside of Vaduz- don't know a single word. In those cases it is nice when you know a few words in German too, so you can ask simple things.In most public places where tourists can be...

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  • Liechtenstein's Dialect

    The official language of Liechtenstein is German, but even though my German is pretty OK, it was often hardly impossible for me to understand the locals (about 1/3 of the inhabitants are foreigners) when they speak to each other. In the small country they speak a very special dialect that even for Germans is very hard to understand.The "real"...

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  • Interesting Facts :

    While Liechtenstein was allowed to issue their own currency, the Swiss Franc was used in the Principality for over 70 years.Liechtenstein has one of the lowest tax rates in the world.The country has only around30,000 residents but the Prince is one of the richest men in the World.The previous Prince, who died in 1989, was the world's longest...

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  • Retreat from Democracy...

    Any country that moves away from Democracy in the 21st century normally has the wrath of the world community following it.Liechenstein is an interesting exception to this rule. Whilst it used to score very highly (and still does) in terms of human rights and quality of life for its citizens, it has effectively ceased to be a democracy.In March 2003...

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  • Relying on the Swiss

    Liechenstein has long relied on using the Swiss Franc as it's currency. It is a while since I have visited but as I remember the Euro is easily accepted as well.

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  • Funkensonntag - "burn the winter"

    The identity of Liechtenstein includes the customs and traditions that unfold over the course of the year in ecclesiastic and everyday life. One of the most important traditions, which is also likely rooted in the pre-Christian era, is Funken or Küachle Sunday: On the first Sunday of Lent, winter is banished by burning it in effigy.Mid/End of...

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  • Carneval in Liechtenstein

    Carneval has a long tradition in Liechtenstein.It goes probably back to celtic sun and fertility rites.Today people celebrate parties and in several towns are parades held.End of January/FebruaryCheck the web for exact dates under "events"

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  • SOUVENIRS.

    Even a postcard is something to remind you of a trip to an unusual destination !

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  • THE FAMOUS PASSPORT STAMP.

    This is one stamp you dont mind having in your passport. Pick it up at the post office at the border in Vaduz.

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  • About Tips & Tipping

    And now... the all-important subject of TIPPING.Tipping is rarely necessary as hotels, restaurants and bars are required by law to include a 15% service charge. I can almost hear you heave a sigh of relief! :-) Even cabs have a service charge included. So, forget about exercising your bargaining skills in this tiny principality unless you're...

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  • ATM Machines & Withdrawing Cash

    You've runned out of money for shopping?Worry not! So long as you bring along your ATM card and.... an open mind. Remember, if your ATM card is linked to international networks like 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange' and 'Maestro', you can withdraw money from any ATM machines in the world. What's more, you'd even benefit from the low interbank...

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  • No passport checks

    There are No passport checks when you enter Liechtenstein from Switzerland and therefore no stamp in the passport however, if you really want one, for a fee, you can get it stamped at the passport office. Passport/Entry Regulations are the same as for Switzerland.

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  • Climate

    Liechtenstein has a fairly mild climate with an average temperature ranging from -1°C (30° F)in January to 21°C (70°F) in July. The reason for the mild climate despite Liechtenstein's alpine location is a warming wind from the south..

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  • Liechtensteiners are a...

    Liechtensteiners are a friendly people, and seem pretty open to Americans. That said, coming from a small and conservative country, they tend to be quiet, and the nightlife tends more to the quiet bar scene, except during the summer concert series. Also, be advised that the Walser dialect is spoken in the high country of the principality - although...

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  • Hans-Adam II

    The current monarch of Liechtenstein, His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam II, came to the throne in 1989. Unlike the twelve previous rulers of Liechtenstein, he grew up in the country, attending the local primary school. Under Prince Hans-Adam, Liechtenstein has joined the United Nations and developed closer ties with the European Union. The royal...

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