German is the primary language spoken throughout Liechtenstein. However, a majority of this is a Swiss-German dialect. French, Turkish, Italian and English are also common languages heard and understand in parts of the country.
The Swiss franc (CHF) is the national currency used in Liechtenstein. However, it is also customary to see payments in large shops and hotels done in Euros. Travelers will be happy to know that MasterCard, American Express and Visa are accepted across the country for most payments. If a shop doesn’t accept credit cards, there will be a sign in the window. The main airport has exchange facilities, but most head into the banks to change money into Swiss francs.
Liechtenstein follows the Central European Time (CET) in winter and Central European Summer Time (CEST) in summer. This makes it one hour ahead of Universal Coordinated Time in winter, and two hours ahead in summer.
The country uses a Type J Switzerland electrical plug, which is quite uncommon so you will likely need an adaptor. Liechtenstein also uses 220-240 Volts for electrical appliances.
Some of Liechtenstein’s communication networks are shared with Switzerland, but more and more are becoming solely owned by the country every year. The international dialing code is +423, which in 1999, split from Switzerland’s +75.
Liechtenstein has the same duty-free regulations as Switzerland. Two liters of alcohol up to 15 percent proof are allowed, while only one liter is permitted for alcohol over 15 percent. 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco will not incur a fine, and gifts of up to and including 300 CHF are allowed. Travelers must be over the age of 17 to bring duty-free items into the country.
Liechtenstein Tourism, Vaduz: +423-239-6363 or http://www.tourismus.li/en/
Consulates in Liechtenstein
Danish Consulate, Vaduz: +423-232-0835 German Consulate, Schaan: +423-262-0462 Consulate of the Netherlands, Triesen: +423-262-0114 French Consulate, Vaduz: +423-777-8855 Swedish Consulate, Eschen: +423-234-3377
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