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Liechtenstein
Capital:
Vaduz
Population:
33,436 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719; it became a sovereign state in 1806. Until the end of World War I, it was closely tied to Austria, but the economic devastation caused by that conflict forced Liechtenstein to enter into a customs and monetary union with Switzerland. Since World War II (in which Liechtenstein remained neutral), the country's low taxes have spurred outstanding economic growth. Shortcomings in banking regulatory oversight have resulted in concerns about the use of the financial institutions for money laundering. Liechtenstein has, however, implemented new anti-money-laundering legislation and recently concluded a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US.
Government type:
hereditary constitutional monarchy on a democratic and parliamentary basis
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $825 million (1999 est.)
Internet users:
20,000 (2002)
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