|Liechtenstein (ˈlɪktənˌstaɪn, German ˈlɪçtənʃtain)|
|a small mountainous principality in central Europe on the Rhine: formed in 1719 by the uniting of the lordships of Schellenburg and Vaduz, which had been purchased by the Austrian family of Liechtenstein; customs union formed with Switzerland in 1924. Official language: German. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: Swiss franc. Capital: Vaduz. Pop: 34 000 (2003 est). Area: 160 sq km (62 sq miles)|
Note: Not quite as large as Washington, D.C., Liechtenstein is one of the smallest European countries.