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Culture & Identity of Liechtenstein

Introduction

The small Principality of Liechtenstein can at times seem like one large community, in which everyone knows everyone else. Although this is not true, the people are quite similar in so many ways, beginning with their close living proximity. The country is truly a mountain valley centered on the city of Vaduz. But no one is far from the city and the life from city to country varies little unless one truly spends all his or her time in Vaduz or outside of Vaduz.

Most of the people in Liechtenstein are highly educated (although there are no universities in the country, many people go to university in nearby countries), with jobs primarily in the services industries. In fact, the situation is so favorable, the country is one of the wealthiest in the world with a GDP per capita of nearly $90,000. However, with high wages also come high prices.

The people tend to work hard to earn this money, most workers have regularly scheduled job hours, often beginning work at about 8:00 am and ending at about 6:00 pm. Likewise, many children go to school similar hours, although schools generally end in the early to midafternoon.

Evenings and weekends (Saturday-Sunday) in Liechtenstein can be consumed with any number of activities. Family is important in Liechtenstein as school nights are often consumed with school work in the home. Weekends are a time to get out to ski, hike, visit a museum, or do anything else an individual or family desires. The nightlife for young singles is a bit muted in Liechtenstein since there are no university students in the country and many young people from Liechtenstein start careers elsewhere. Despite this, there is no shortage of bars and restaurants in the country, just a shortage of rowdiness, which is helped with high prices.

Identity

Today, the people of Liechtenstein primarily identify as Liechtensteiners. Being a Liechtensteiner is defined more on principles, local cultures, and nationality than ethnicity, religion, or language. Liechtenstein is ethnically and linguistically German, but their principles are more similar to neighboring Switzerland, although they most definitely are not Swiss either. In this way, it is perhaps the nationality that is the strongest identifying factor to the Liechtensteiners, but the identity is much deeper than just being a citizen.

This page was last updated: November, 2013