A. THE COUNTRY
The Principality of Liechtenstein is a doubly landlocked alpine
micro-state in western Europe between Switzerland and Austria (the only
German-speaking country not to share a common border with Germany). It
is a constitutional monarchy and is in union with Switzerland in customs
and finances. The prince monarch has sweeping political powers.
Liechtenstein is wealthy through diversifying its industrial economy
including manufacturing, banking and tourism. Nearly 30% of state
revenue comes from “letterbox” companies registered in the country
(attracted by low tax) but operating elsewhere.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~36,300 and official language German, but the common
tongue is Alemmanic, a divergent dialect of Standard German.
~91.4% are Germanic, ~8.6% Other (Turkish, Italian, and others).
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
Freedom of religion is guaranteed. The Catholic Church has
traditionally been the state church. ~79.16% claim to be Christian,
~13.86% Non-religious, ~6.7% Muslim, ~0.15% Buddhist, ~0.13% Jewish.
In the Christian category:
~69.36% are Catholic, ~8.65% Protestant, ~0.75% Orthodox, ~0.22%
Independent, ~0.18% are considered ‘marginal’.
Evangelicals represent ~0.5% of the population. The first and only
evangelical fellowship of believers was started in 1085.
Charismatics represent ~1.1% and of those ~0.2% are Pentecostals.
Some members of the extended royal family profess personal faith in
Christ, with links to the Catholic charismatic renewal movement.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.