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Here are some interesting facts about Liechtenstein - Category: Introduction - Background: The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719. Occupied by both French and Russian troops during the Napoleanic wars, it became a sovereign state in 1806 and joined the Germanic Confederation in 1815. Liechtenstein became fully independent in 1866 when the Confederation dissolved. 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. In 2000, shortcomings in banking regulatory oversight resulted in concerns about the use of financial institutions for money laundering. However, Liechtenstein implemented anti-money-laundering legislation and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US went into effect in 2003.

Category: Government - Political parties and leaders: Patriotic Union or VU [Adolf HEEB] (was Fatherland Union); Progressive Citizens' Party or FBP [Marcus VOGT]; The Free List or FL [Claudia HEEB-FLECK and Egon MATT]

Category: People - Religions (%): Roman Catholic 76.2%, Protestant 7%, unknown 10.6%, other 6.2% (June 2002 estimate)

Category: Economy - Exchange rates: Swiss francs (CHF) per US dollar - 1.0774 (2008 est.), 1.1973 (2007), 1.2539 (2006), 1.2452 (2005), 1.2435 (2004)

Category: Geography - Terrain: mostly mountainous (Alps) with Rhine Valley in western third

Category: Transportation - Pipelines (km): gas 20 km (2008)

Category: Communications - Telephones - mobile cellular: 27,500 (2005)

Category: Military - Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 8,102 (2008 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Illicit drugs: has strengthened money laundering controls, but money laundering remains a concern due to Liechtenstein's sophisticated offshore financial services sector

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  1. Economy - Unemployment rate (%): 1.5% (31 December 2007 estimate)

  2. Economy - Inflation rate (consumer prices) (%): 1% (2001)

  3. Government - Political pressure groups and leaders: NA

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook