Liechtenstein Country Profile

Passport
For more details visit Liechtenstein Passport Ranking
  • Passport Grade
    A
  • Passport Ranking
    29/198
  • Passport Score
    176.2/198
  • Visa-free Countries
    152
  • Visa-required Countries
    46
  • Access to the World's GDP
    75%
  • Access to the World's Surface Area
    59%
  • Access to the World's Population
    46%
  • Access to the Unesco Sites
    81%
Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    No
    No provisions
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    30 years
    Years of residence until the age of 20 count as double, making the minimum period of residency 15 years.
  • Physical presence requirement
  • Language test
    Yes, German
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
    Yes
  • Can minor children naturalize?
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    5 years / 5 years
    Technically, must reside in the country for ten years, but years after marriage count as double, making the minimum period of residency 5 years.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    Not allowed
  • Language test
    Yes, German
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
    Yes
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    No provisions
  • Citizens of specific countries
    No provisions
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
Taxation
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Taxation Type
    Residence-based
A tax resident of a country with a RESIDENCE-BASED tax system pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income. However, if you lose tax residency status there (e.g., by moving out), the country will generally stop taxing you.
Schiff Sovereign's Take on Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein is a tiny micro-nation, and it’s not really renowned as a lifestyle destination.

Culturally, it’s very similar to Germany and Switzerland. Especially Switzerland: It’s nice, extremely clean and civilized, and its banking industry — especially its private banking industry — is Old School and stellar.

Rather than being a country where people flock to live, Liechtenstein is best known as a solid place to put your money and to park your wealth. People consequently favor Liechtenstein as a place to set up trusts and implement wealth management structures.

And we think that's a reasonable thing to do. It’s a solid jurisdiction for those purposes. The country’s banks are still well capitalized, and its asset protection laws are quite robust.

But keep in mind that Liechtenstein’s banks don’t want just any client. They are more picky than even Swiss institutions, and are looking for someone with serious money to invest or deposit.

Note: Liechtenstein’s bankers follow the rules – including a myriad of compliance regulations – to the letter. So it's not a place where you would want to hide anything or ‘forget’ to report something. 

The other thing to note is that doing any kind of business in Liechtenstein (e.g. establishing any kind of structure, for example) is expensive. Some of the wealthiest people in the world hold their money in Liechtenstein, so the industry knows it, and charges a big premium for its services.

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Liechtenstein Overview
  • Region
    Europe
  • Capital City
    Vaduz
  • Largest City
    Schaan
  • Currency
    Swiss franc
  • Languages
    German
  • Population
    39.3 thousand (198th)
  • Life Expectancy
    82.6 years (20th)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $6.4 billion (159th)
  • GDP/Capita
    $163,475 (2nd)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Very expensive (6/7)
  • Climate
    Comfortable (2/5)
  • Safety
    The Safest (1/7)
  • Pollution
    Very clean (1/5)
  • English Proficiency
    High (2/5)

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