Liechtenstein: Political System
The form of government of Liechtenstein is that of a constitutional
hereditary monarchy. Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein has been regent since
1989. The affairs of state took over in 2004 the Hereditary Prince Alois of
The Landtag of Liechtenstein, i.e. the state's legislature, consists of 25
members who are elected by the people every four years. However, every law must
be sanctioned by the prince within six months. At the suggestion of the state
parliament, the head of government and four councilors (the executive) are
appointed by the prince. Since the constitutional amendment of March 16, 2003,
the prince can dismiss the government at any time and without giving reasons
(Article 80 of the Liechtenstein constitution). The full name of the prince
reads: "Prince von und zu Liechtenstein, Duke von Troppau and Jägerndorf, Count
zu Rietberg, ruler of the house von und zu Liechtenstein".
According to Digopaul.com,
the official name of the country is:
|Principality of Liechtenstein
Based on flag descriptions by
Countryaah.com, the national anthem of Liechtenstein was written by Jakob Josef Jauch in
1850. Their melody is identical to the British national anthem. It became the
Principality's official anthem in 1920 and reads:
|Up on the young Rhine
, Liechtenstein leans
against alpine heights.
This dear homeland,
the dear fatherland,
has seen God's wise hand
Long live Liechtenstein
flourishing on the young Rhine,
happy and loyal.
Long live the prince of the country, long live
our fatherland, united and free
through brotherly love ties
Liechtenstein: Known People
Alois Philipp Maria, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein and Count
von Rietberg (born 1968)
Alois, born in Zurich, is the eldest son of Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein
and his wife Marie Aglaë, Countess Kinsky von Wchinitz and Tettau. He has been
the prince's deputy since 2004. It is expected that he will be called Alois
III. Will become Prince of Liechtenstein.
Marco Büchel (born 1971)
Marco Büchel was born in 1971 in Walenstadt, Switzerland, and made a name for
himself as a Liechtenstein skier. He has so far participated in five Winter
Sabine Michaela Dünser (1977-2006)
The singer, who unfortunately died very young, has released a total of four
albums with her Liechtenstein band “Elis”.
Franz Joseph II., Prince of Liechtenstein (1906-1989)
Under the government of this Liechtenstein Prince, women were given the right to
vote in the Principality for the first time. In addition, the very popular
monarch ensured that the poor agricultural country of Liechtenstein became one
of the richest countries in the world.
Mario Frick (born 1974)
The Liechtenstein soccer player, who was born in Chur, Switzerland, achieved at
the age of 26 what none of his compatriots had done before: He played for
(non-Swiss) foreign countries. In total, he has participated in more than 400
professional games and scored more than 100 goals, which makes him the most
successful Liechtenstein footballer of all time.
Paul Frommelt (born 1957)
This skier was born in Schaan in 1957. The slalom specialist won four
championships in this discipline over the course of his career.
Willi Frommelt (born 1952)
Willi Frommelt, born in 1952 in Schaan, was a successful skier from
Josef Gabriel (1839-1901)
This composer and music pedagogue was born in today's Liechtenstein capital
Vaduz in 1839.
Ursula Gregg (born 1959)
The skier, who was born as Ursula Konzett in Triesen, competes for her home
Hans-Adam II., Prince of Liechtenstein (born 1945)
Hans Adam II. Is the currently reigning 15th Prince of Liechtenstein. According
to statistics from 2006, he was the richest ruling monarch on earth that year.
Otmar Hasler (born 1953)
The current Prime Minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein is also the
leader of his country's Civil Progress Party.
Peter Jehle (born 1982)
This Liechtenstein goalkeeper currently plays in France for Tours FC.
Sophie Elisabeth Marie Gabrielle von und zu Liechtenstein, Countess
zu Rietberg (born 1967)
Hereditary Princess Sophie, born in Munich in 1967, has been a citizen of the
Principality since her marriage to the Liechtenstein heir to the throne.
Ernst Joseph Walch (born 1956)
Walch has been Foreign Minister of Liechtenstein since April.
Hanni Weirather (born 1956)
The former ski racer, born in 1956 as Hannelore Wenzel in Straubing, was
Liechtenstein's first female Olympic champion at the time.
Andreas Wenzel (born 1958)
The successful former ski racer from Liechtenstein, nicknamed "Andy", has been
President of the Liechtenstein Ski Association (LSV) since 2007.