Principality of Liechtenstein

Image of Vaduz Castle in the Principality of Liechtenstein
Vaduz Castle in the Principality of Liechtenstein © Ondrej Žvácek - CC-BY3.0

In 1919 Switzerland assumed the role of safeguarding Liechtenstein's interests and its citizens abroad at the request of the Liechtenstein government. In all countries in which Liechtenstein has no consular representation, Liechtenstein citizens can contact the Swiss representative office with regard to consular matters.

Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein form a common economic and currency area with open borders. An entry visa for Switzerland therefore also applies to Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein's official national currency is the Swiss franc.

The Principality of Liechtenstein is a constitutional hereditary monarchy based on democratic and parliamentary system. The head of state is H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein. The Prince transferred the exercise of government duties to his oldest son, H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, on 15 August 2004.