Liechtenstein is the last survivor of the 343 states that once made up the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations. The national anthem is sung to the same tune as 'God Save the Queen'.
Liechtenstein grew by nearly half a square mile in 2007 when some of the remote edges of its Alpine borders were found not to have been properly measured and a new survey showed the border to be one mile longer than previously thought. The extra area, equal to about 50 football pitches, means Liechtenstein now measures 99.7 square miles.
Liechtenstein is the world's major exporter of false teeth. Thanks largely to this domination of the denture market, Liechtenstein tops the world trade league for per capita exports with around £50,000 worth of goods per person each year. There are even two false-teeth factories specialising in making dark-brown teeth, for export to countries such as India where people chew tooth-blackening betel nut.
Johannes the Good, Prince of Liechtenstein from 1858 until 1929, was Europe's second longest-reigning monarch, exceeded only by Louis XIV of France.
Liechtenstein won its first ever Olympic gold medal when Hanni Weizel won the giant slalom in 1980. With nine Olympic medals in total since 1948 (all from the Winter Games) and a population slightly above 30,000, Liechtenstein is well ahead of any other nation in the league table of Olympic medals per capita.
If the entire population of Liechtenstein went to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, there would be 39,500 empty seats.
Liechtenstein has no army and only 22 policemen.
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