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Liechtenstein

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Liechtenstein country brief

Key engagement

Australia and Liechtenstein share common values in respect of multilateralism, human rights, and the rules‑based international order.

Australia and Liechtenstein are committed to promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.

Outlook

Australia and Liechtenstein work together in multilateral institutions on global issues, including modern slavery and human trafficking.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Liechtenstein share a warm and constructive relationship, underpinned by our common commitment to promoting democracy, good governance and human rights. The Swiss Embassy in Canberra and Consulates-General in Australia are responsible for Liechtenstein’s affairs in Australia. The Australian Embassy in Berlin is accredited to Liechtenstein.

Australia and Liechtenstein work closely to fight modern slavery and human trafficking through the ‘Liechtenstein Initiative: Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking’. The Initiative is a public-private partnership that focuses on the finance sector’s role in ending modern slavery and human trafficking. Australia, Liechtenstein and the Netherlands are lead countries in the Initiative.

Australia and Liechtenstein are both strong supporters of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and work closely on ICC issues through the ICC Informal Ministerial Network.

Business

High level engagement

July 2017

Then-Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, visited Liechtenstein and met with then-Foreign Minister Dr Aurelia Frick.

January-February 2011

Then-Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, visited Liechtenstein.

Liechtensteiner companies operating in Australia include Hilti (engineering), Ivoclar Vivadent (dental), and LGT Capital Partners (investment).

The Australian Embassy in Berlin is responsible for Liechtenstein.

Facebook Page for Australian Embassy, Germany

Twitter @AusAmb_DE

Agreements and arrangements with the Principality of Liechtenstein

2012

Agreement between THE Government of Australia and the Government of Liechtenstein on the Exchange of Information on Taxes.

Texts of bilateral agreements are available at the Australian Treaties Database.

Political overview

Liechtenstein has a monarch as its head of state and an elected parliament. The Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein is the executive authority comprised of the Prime Minister (head of government) and four ministers. The Landtag is the legislative branch of the Government of Liechtenstein. The Landtag has 25 members elected for a period of four years.

Foreign policy

Liechtenstein’s foreign policy is centred on its neighbouring states and economic integration in Europe. It has close legal and economic ties with Switzerland and Austria; other important partners include Germany and the United States. Liechtenstein joined the European Free Trade Association in 1991 and the Council of Europe in 1978. Liechtenstein is not a member of the European Union but joined the European Economic Area in 1995 and the Schengen Area in 2011. It joined the World Trade Organisation in 1995. Liechtenstein is a politically neutral country and does not have a military. Liechtenstein became a member of the United Nations in 1990.

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