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Social Life in Liechtenstein

Behavior

The Liechtensteiners are very well aware of the world around them as well as the differences in opinions and behaviors. Because of this they are quite understanding of various cultures and foreigners so odd behaviors are generally accepted (but not encouraged).

Your behavior should begin with modesty as being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or dressing provocatively will get you stares. Likewise, placing yourself above others or boasting is viewed negatively, whether that be in your attitude, talking about finances, making others wait for you at a meeting, polluting their environment, or even in personal relationships. Putting others down gets the same reaction; Liechtensteiners view men, women, minorities, and people of all sexual orientations as equals and not doing the same can be very offensive.

As a visitor to Liechtenstein, try to follow the lead of the locals by being modest, dressing in like manner (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our Liechtenstein Dining & Food Page), and avoiding sensitive conversation topics such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart.

Dress

Among the traditional outfits of Liechtenstein, perhaps the most well-known is the dirndl, which is a woman's dress. These dresses consist of a blouse, skirt, and apron, plus a set of strings called a bodice to hold all parts together (although today this may be absent in favor of buttons). The dress and apron vary in length, but the sleeves were generally on the shorter end; however, the dirndl varied based on season as they tended to be a bit heavier and darker in color during the winter months.

Today few women wear a dirndl on a regular basis, although many dresses, called landhausmode are modeled after this fashion. More commonly in Liechtenstein today is wearing modern western-styled clothing. As a visitor to Liechtenstein, you are free to wear any western-styled clothing of your choice, but try to dress for the occasion as long pants are required if entering a church and most restaurants also prefer more modest and formal attire.

This page was last updated: November, 2013