15 August 2022
Celebrating Liechtenstein’s National Day on August 15, The Diplomatic Informer Magazine wishes to congratulate the Government and the people of Liechtenstein on the occasion of anniversary of the independence day.
We sincerely wish the Government & the people of Liechtenstein continued unity, peace and increased prosperity.
On 5 August 1940 the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein officially declared August 15 to be the country’s national holiday. Just ten days later it was celebrated for the first time.
There were two reasons for choosing the date. Firstly, it was already a bank holiday. The Assumption of Mary is celebrated on August 15. Secondly, the ruling Prince at the time, Prince Franz Josef II, was born on August 16. Therefore, Liechtenstein’s national holiday was created by combining the Feast of the Assumption and the Prince’s birthday.
After the death of Prince Franz Josef II in 1989 it was decided to keep the national holiday on the same day. In 1990 a law was passed establishing August 15 as the official national holiday of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
The country that lies in the European Alps, between Austria and Switzerland, was liberated from German rule on August 15, 1866.
Liechtenstein is a German-speaking, 25km-long principality between Austria and Switzerland. It’s known for its medieval castles, alpine landscapes and villages linked by a network of trails.
The capital, Vaduz, a cultural and financial center, is home to Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, with galleries of modern and contemporary art.