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Liechtenstein

COUNTRY PROFILE

Map of Liechtenstein

The country has an area of 61.7 square miles and a population of 35,400. According to the 2000 census, membership in religious denominations was as follows: 78.4 percent Roman Catholic, 8.3 percent Protestant, 4.5 percent Muslim, 1.1 percent Orthodox Christian, 0.1 percent Jewish, 0.4 percent other religious groups, 2.8 percent professed no formal creed, and 4.1 percent of residents did not indicate religious affiliation in the census.

The Muslim community has grown over the last two decades as a result of an influx of migrants primarily from Turkey, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, many of whom resettled from other Western European countries. According to official census statistics, the Muslim population increased from 689 in 1990 to 1,593 in 2000.

A government-contracted survey of 600 residents published in April 2008 found that 40 percent of the population participated in formal religious services at least once a month. Muslims were the most active religious group--44 percent attend religious service at least once a week, compared to 23 percent of Catholics and 24 percent of other Christians.

Population Population (2009 est.) 34,761
Religious Demographics Roman Catholic 76.2%, Protestant 7%, unknown 10.6%, other 6.2% (June 2002)
Ethnic Groups Ethnic Groups Liechtensteiner 65.6%, other 34.4% (2000 census)
Languages Languages German (official), Alemannic dialect
Country Flag Flag of Liechtenstein