Liechtenstein 8. Tiny country, big output

So the Germans can do industry like Mercedes and Siemens, and the Swiss can make small and precision things like watches, this nation has its only unique portfolio of industries.

One of the places I really wanted to see in Liechtenstein was the headquarters of Hilti.  I didn’t get time to, but I’ll demonstrate from this 3D map.

hilti hq.png

This is in the bigger town of Schaan.   Martin and Eugen Hilti who are brothers set up this company in 1941, and is now a $5B company with offices all over the world and 29,000 staff, yet amazingly, they are still in this teeny nation.

Wikipedia tells me Liechtenstein has a population of only 37,877, yet about 20,000 people actually commute into a tiny country.


Ivoclar Vivident is the world’s largest maker of false teeth, also based in Schaan.

DSCF0771 1024

This might be the wrong poster, but a sign similar to this was advertising a current mayor who I spotted had the surname Hilti.  When I visited another tiny country, Malta in 2014, I noticed there are a lot of very common occurring surnames, from certain families. 

GERMANY 1. Dachau concentration camp – 2. BMW museum – 3. BMW World futuristic showroom – 4. Neuschwanstein Castle – 5. 1972 Munich Olympics village – 6. Tourism and going out in Munich – 7. Deutsches Museum – 8. Business in the UK, Germany and Israel – 9. Friedrichshafen, a pleasant German town on a lake

SWITZERLAND 1. Trying to do ‘cheap’ Switzerland – 2. The town of Grusch – 3. Clever Swiss made things – 4. Train from Grusch to Zurich – 5. Zurich, the more liberal Switzerland – 6. Swiss dinosaurs

LIECHTENSTEIN 1. Plans – 2. Getting into this tiny nation – 3. Motorbikes, cars and kebab shops in Vaduz, Liechtenstein – 4. Small country topography – 5. Road up to the castle – 6. The Prince’s castle and vineyard – 7. bars, shops, Olympics – 8. Tiny country, big output – 9. Vaduz church – 10. Government buildings and museums

5 comments on “Liechtenstein 8. Tiny country, big output

  1. Pingback: East Switzerland – 6. Swiss dinosaurs | Brit In Jerusalem

  2. Pingback: Liechtenstein 7. bars, shops, Olympics | Brit In Jerusalem

  3. Pingback: Liechtenstein 9. Vaduz church and government buildings | Brit In Jerusalem

  4. Pingback: Liechtenstein 10. Government buildings and museums | Brit In Jerusalem

  5. Pingback: Liechtenstein 1. Plans | Brit In Jerusalem

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s