Freedom of the Press - Liechtenstein (2005)

Status: Free
Legal Environment: 1
Political Influences: 5
Economic Pressures: 8
Total Score: 14

Population: n/a
GNI/capita: n/a
Life Expectancy: 80
Religious Groups: Roman Catholic (76.2 percent), Protestant (6 percent0, other (16.8 percent)
Ethnic Groups: Alemannic (86 percent), other [including Italian and Turkish] (14 percent)
Capital: Vaduz

The constitution provides for freedom of the press. Given its small size, sparse media scene, and German-speaking population, Liechtenstein relies primarily on media from neighboring Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. The principality's two daily newspapers, Liechtensteiner Vaterland and Liechtensteiner Volksblatt, openly reflect the views of the two main political parties. A private investor originally funded the main radio station, Radio Liechtenstein. However, after facing financial troubles, the station was sold to the government, which took over as of January 1, 2004. There are two television stations, one private and one state owned. Internet access is open and unrestricted.

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