Liechtenstein has an area of only 160 square kilometers, 26 kilometers long from north to south, and 6 kilometers wide from east to west. It only takes a cigarette to run through the east and west ends by car, and it only takes half an hour to drive around the country. Tourists jokingly call it a “street” country.
Liechtenstein has a population of only 30,000 (one-third of which are from neighboring countries). Although it does not border Germany, it uses German as its official language. This country does not have an army, but has more than 100 police officers. Its defense and diplomacy are fully entrusted with Swiss agents, and even the currency is in Swiss francs. Even so, Liechtenstein is an out-and-out sovereign country with independent national sovereignty.
The most important national buildings in Liechtenstein are Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein Government Building and St. Florin Cathedral.
Vaduz Castle was built in the ninth century and belongs to the Gothic style. It is the royal residence and private museum. Its collection of cultural relics and artworks is extremely rich. It is said that only the British royal family can compare with it in the world today. The Liechtenstein Government Building was built in 1905. It is a beige three-story building that integrates legislation, justice, and administration. Upstairs is the Prime Minister’s Office, downstairs is the Great Court, and the basement is the judicial prison. St. Florin’s Cathedral was built in 1874 and was funded by the Archduke John II of Liechtenstein at the time. It was created by the same designer as Vienna’s Stephen’s Cathedral and belongs to the neo-Gothic style.
Pillar industry: issuing stamps
Liechtenstein is known as the “Kingdom of Stamps”. There is a stamp museum in the country. Although the area is only 60 to 70 square meters, the number of stamps displayed in the museum ranks first in the world. The stamps in the museum are not only excellent in texture, rich in subject matter, but also beautiful in patterns and diverse. There is a writing desk next to the population of the Stamp Museum with various philatelic books and periodicals. The surrounding walls not only hang all the stamps issued by the country so far, but also collect stamps and first day covers issued by more than 100 countries and regions in the world.
St. Florin Cathedral
These small stamps once saved Liechtenstein from the economic crisis. After the Second World War, due to the national economic depression, the king took out all his collection of famous paintings to print stamps and issued them in large numbers. Unexpectedly, these stamps are loved by stamp collectors all over the world. Liechtenstein has also gained a large amount of foreign exchange income. The economy has also improved rapidly, and the king has won the support of the people. Since then, Liechtenstein’s annual income from issuing stamps has reached 12 million U.S. dollars, accounting for as much as 10% of the country’s gross national income, and has become the country’s pillar industry.
Government assembly building
The most bizarre income-generating project: rental country
Although Liechtenstein is a small country, its beautiful landscape and beautiful scenery make it a natural and pollution-free tourist resort. The Liechtenstein government has taken advantage of this advantage and has vigorously promoted various tourism projects throughout the country, attracting tourists from all over the world to come for sightseeing, and generate income for the country.
However, due to the small area of Liechtenstein, after an overseas tourist group came, it only took an hour to visit all the attractions in the territory. Tourists from all over the world stayed in Liechtenstein for such a short period of time, and they could not bring considerable tourism income to Liechtenstein, and they never came again after overseas tour groups came several times.
”How can foreign tourists like to visit Liechtenstein?” The official in charge of the tourism industry project was inspired by a rental house notice in the newspaper and proposed a bold income-generating project to the king: the rental country.
Therefore, since 2011, Liechtenstein has advertised the “rental country” in international newspapers in developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom every year: any group or individual can rent out the entire country of Liechtenstein for one day with only $70,000. You can get the symbolic “country key” and be the “king” of Liechtenstein for one day. The “rental country” starts from two days, and the reservation must be made six months ago, and the cancellation must be notified one month in advance, otherwise there will be no refund. If there are special circumstances, the refund will only be half refunded.
The royal vineyards and cellars
During the lease of the entire country, the renter can hold a ceremony in the parliament building and get a country key; can go to the wine cellar of the head of state for wine tasting and have a temporary currency and road sign engraved with his name; 110 police officers from this country can be mobilized. In addition to these honorary arrangements, the renter can also experience dinner and accommodation for 150 people, horse-drawn carriage tours on the capital Vaduz Street, and traditional local tourism projects such as fireworks and skiing.
Once the “rental country” advertisement was published, even though the rental fee was staggeringly high, rich people from the United States, Britain and other countries still rushed to book. A real estate tycoon in the United States “flyed” to Liechtenstein with dozens of family members and paid $140,000 to rent “Liechtenstein” for two days. In the parliament building, the real estate tycoon took the “country key” and “king scepter” from the king, and wore a “crown” that symbolized power. After that, the real estate tycoon took all his family members to the King’s Wine Cellar, tasted delicious wines, took a medieval carriage to tour the streets and communities of the capital Vaduz, and enjoyed a “state banquet in the majestic palace standing on the mountainside.” “…
Relying on the issuance of postage stamps and the income of the rental country, Liechtenstein’s per capita GDP has reached 180,000 U.S. dollars, and it has become one of the world’s developed countries.
This is Liechtenstein-a country where you can rent!