There are 5 countries in the world where you can’t go by airplane because there is no airport. All of them are located in Europe and one of them is Liechtenstein. Although the country is known mostly for its small size – 160 km2 (it’s the 6th smallest country in the world) – Liechtenstein has many other things to surprise you with.
Everyone can visit the royal family
People in Liechtenstein can celebrate the country’s National Day, on August 15, with the royal family. On that day every year, the royals open the doors of their castle to every citizen or tourist who wants to visit it.
Liechtenstein is one of the safest countries in the world
Liechtenstein is a country where crime rate is so low that they have a prison capacity of 20 inmates and usually only 10 inmates are behind the bars. That’s why people in Liechtenstein feel very safe and often leave their homes unlocked.
You most likely have never heard of the most populous city of Liechtenstein
The biggest town in Liechtenstein is not the capital Vaduz, which has a population of around 5 400 people, but Schaan – with its nearly 6 000 people.
In 2011, you could rent the whole country of Liechtenstein for EUR 50,000 a night. The offer included accommodation for 150 people, a symbolic key to the state, wine tasting with Prince Hans-Adam II and personalized currency for the duration of the stay.
Liechtenstein is one of the two doubly landlocked nations in the world
The country borders Austria on the east and on the north, and Switzerland on the south and on the west.
The county has no armed forces or border protection
In 2007, Swiss soldiers accidentally invaded the country. And this “invasion” went completely unnoticed, because Liechtenstein has neither an army, nor border protection since 1868.
Liechtenstein is the world’s leading manufacturer of false teeth
A company called Ivoclar Vivadent, based in Schaan, leads the world’s false teeth manufacturing, with 20 percent of the total sales worldwide.