Photographer's Note

The small principality of Lichtenstein is wedged between Austria and Switzerland. For skiers the principality offers small but beautiful ski resort of Malbun. The houses of Malbun are huddled in a small narrow Valley surrounded by high mountains.


With an area of 160 sq. km/61.8 sq miles, Liechtenstein is the fourth smallest state in Europe. Despite its size, the country can look back on a very eventful history. It is a history of rapid development, from an agrarian country to a highly industrialized state.

1342 Formation of the County of Vaduz
1396 The County of Vaduz becomes subject to the Emperor's direct authority
1699 Prince Johann Adam Andreas purchases the lands of Schellenberg
1712 Prince Johann Adam Andreas purchases the County of Vaduz
1719 Liechtenstein becomes an independent principality under the Holy Roman Empire
1806 Sovereignty through membership of the Rhine Confederation
1815 Membership of the German Confederation
1852 Customs Treaty with Austria
1862 New constitution comes into force
1868 Abolishment of the army of Liechtenstein
1919 Abolishment of the Customs Treaty with Austria
1921 New constitution comes into force
1924 Customs Treaty with Switzerland, introduction of the Swiss Franc
1938 Princely Family takes up residence in the Castle of Vaduz
1950 Member of the International Court of Justice in the Hague
1975 Member of the CSCE (today OSCE)
1978 Member of the Council of Europe
1990 160th member of the UN
1991 Member of EFTA
1995 Accession to the European Economic Area (EEA)
1995 Accession to the European World Trade Organization (WTO)
1997 Establishment of the Archdiocese Vaduz
2003 New Constitution enters into force
2004 Hereditary Prince Alois is appointed Representative of Prince Hans-Adam II


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