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Liechtenstein: Government

Country name
conventional long form: Principality of Liechtenstein
conventional short form: Liechtenstein
local long form: Fuerstentum Liechtenstein
local short form: Liechtenstein
Data code
LS
Government type
hereditary constitutional monarchy
Capital
Vaduz
Administrative divisions
11 communes (Gemeinden, singular -
Gemeinde); Balzers, Eschen, Gamprin, Mauren, Planken, Ruggell, Schaan,
Schellenberg, Triesen, Triesenberg, Vaduz
Independence
23 January 1719 Imperial Principality of Liechtenstein
established; 12 July 1806 established independence from the Holy Roman
Empire
National holiday
Assumption Day, 15 August
Constitution
5 October 1921
Legal system
local civil and penal codes; accepts compulsory ICJ
jurisdiction, with reservations
Suffrage
20 years of age; universal
Executive branch
chief of state: Prince HANS ADAM II (since 13 November 1989, assumed
executive powers 26 August 1984); Heir Apparent Prince ALOIS von und
zu Liechtenstein, son of the monarch (born 11 June 1968)
head of government: Head of Government Mario FRICK (since 15 December
1993) and Deputy Head of Government Michael RITTER (since 2 February
1997)
cabinet: Cabinet elected by the Diet; confirmed by the monarch
elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; following legislative
elections, the leader of the majority party in the Diet is usually
appointed the head of government by the monarch and the leader of the
largest minority party in the Diet is usually appointed the deputy
head of government by the monarch
Legislative branch
unicameral Diet or Landtag (25 seats; members are
elected by direct popular vote under proportional representation to
serve four-year terms)
elections: last held on 2 February 1997 (next to be held by NA 2001)
election results: percent of vote by party - VU 50.1%, FBPL 41.3%, FL
8.5%; seats by party - VU 13, FBPL 10, FL 2
Judicial branch
Supreme Court or Oberster Gerichtshof; Superior Court
or Obergericht
Political parties and leaders
Fatherland Union or VU [Dr. Oswald
KRANZ]; Progressive Citizens' Party or FBPL ; The Free
List or FL [Christel HILTI, Hansjorg HILTI, Helen MARXER, Hugo RISCH,
Margrit WILLE]
International organization participation
CE, EBRD, ECE, EFTA, IAEA,
ICRM, IFRCS, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ITU, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, UN,
UNCTAD, UPU, WCL, WIPO, WTrO
Diplomatic representation in the US
Liechtenstein does not have an
embassy in the US, but is represented by the Swiss embassy in routine
diplomatic matters
Diplomatic representation from the US
the US does not have an embassy
in Liechtenstein, but the US Ambassador to Switzerland is also
accredited to Liechtenstein
Flag description
two equal horizontal bands of blue (top) and red
with a gold crown on the hoist side of the blue band
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