Europe

A Pocket of Prosperity in the Alps

This essay is about the country that the CIA Factbook regularly lists as having the highest gross domestic product per inhabitant, ahead even of gas-rich Qatar. It is more industrialised than Germany, has been outpacing Switzerland’s economic growth and, for the past 150 years, has done without a military force. This essay is about the Principality of Liechtenstein. A tiny sliver of a country, it is wedged between Austria and Switzerland, a short distance south of Lake Constance. Its 36,200 inhabitants (2011) live on a triangle of real estate some 25 kilometres from north to south and 15 kilometres from…

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