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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Liechtenstein

Ethnicity

Most people living in Liechtenstein are native Liechtensteiners, although nearly a third of the country is foreign born, primarily Austrians, Germans, and ethnically German Swiss. The Liechtensteiners are nearly identical, ethnically to these neighboring Germanic people and are considered to be Germanic people.

Language

The official language of Liechtenstein is German, although most people speak a German dialect called Alemannic. This dialect is spoken in Liechtenstein as well as in parts of neighboring countries, such as Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Like all German languages, this dialect is nearly identical to standard German and more distantly related to other Germanic languages, including Dutch and the Scandinavian languages.

Being a highly educated country, most Liechtensteiners also speak English or another popular international language. English is the most widely taught second language and it is difficult to go anywhere in the small country without finding someone who is fluent in English.

Religion

Catholicism is the official religion of Liechtenstein and most of the people adhere to this faith. There is also a small Protestant minority.

Catholicism is a Christian religion that is one of the first Christian religions (founded after the death of Jesus in about 30-33 AD). Catholicism believes that there is a single God who created everything, a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ who is the forgiver of sins, and there is the Holy Spirit, which makes up the last part of the Holy Trinity. Catholics follow the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. Much of the faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the New Testament).

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This page was last updated: May, 2014