The Principality of Liechtenstein is a country with a rich history situated in the heart of Europe along the river Rhine and bordered by Switzerland and Austria. In 1719, the two fiefdoms of Schellenberg and Vaduz, having previously been purchased by Prince Johann Adam Andreas von Liechtenstein, were united to form the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Ranked amongst the most politically stable countries in the world by the World Bank, Liechtenstein‘s geopolitical stability is not only a result of its proximity to Switzerland and Austria but also of its political system as a constitutional hereditary monarchy where the royal family is both well-connected and widely respected. Liechtenstein’s current head of state, Prince Hans-Adam II, the thirteenth Prince of Liechtenstein, has passed on his rule to his eldest son, Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein.
Unlike many other small financial centres, Liechtenstein’s GDP is supported by a strong industrial sector making up approximately 40% of the national GDP. As a member of the European Economic Area, Liechtenstein also adheres to rules laid down by the European Union and enjoys easy access to the European capital markets.
With sophisticated laws and regulations, an AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s and a pool of experienced practitioners to draw from, Liechtensetein has long been a well-suited platform to create Wealth Structures.