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Liechtenstein


    • Location:
      Central Europe, between Austria and Switzerland

    • Map references:
      Europe

    • Area:

        total area:
        160 sq km

        land area:
        160 sq km

        comparative area:
        about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC

    • Land boundaries:
      total 78 km, Austria 37 km, Switzerland 41 km

    • Coastline:
      0 km (landlocked)

    • Maritime claims:
      none; landlocked

    • International disputes:
      claims 1,600 square kilometers of Czech territory confiscated from its royal family in 1918; the Czech Republic insists that restitution does not go back before February 1948, when the Communists seized power

    • Climate:
      continental; cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow or rain; cool to moderately warm, cloudy, humid summers

    • Terrain:
      mostly mountainous (Alps) with Rhine Valley in western third

    • Natural resources:
      hydroelectric potential

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        25%

        permanent crops:
        0%

        meadows and pastures:
        38%

        forest and woodland:
        19%

        other:
        18%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        NA

        natural hazards:
        NA

        international agreements:
        party to - Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands; signed, but not ratified - Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Biodiversity, Law of the Sea

    • Note:
      landlocked; variety of microclimatic variations based on elevation






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