The Principality of Liechtenstein lies at the centre of Europe, nestled between Switzerland and Austria, next to the river Rhine.
The form of government is a constitutional monarchy established on democratic parliamentary principles. The head of state is the reigning Prince von und zu Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II. Since 15th August 2004, his son, Crown Prince Alois, handles the government business.
A total of some 38,000 inhabitants live in 11 municipalities which cover an area of 160 km2 . Approximately 34% of the inhabitants are foreigners. The official language is German, but English is widely spoken.
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