In mid-March Aurelia Frick, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Justice, and Culture, visited the United States to meet with officials in New York and Washington, DC, and to officially open a new Honorary Consulate in Houston, Texas.
Prime Minister Adrian Hasler outlined his vision for Liechtenstein’s future as a leader in the world of blockchain financial systems by announcing new regulations on blockchain systems at the Finance Forum Liechtenstein.
In Standard & Poor’s (S&P) biannual review of nation’s credit ratings, Liechtenstein was one of only 11 countries to receive the top rating of AAA. Although the interim rating is not as detailed as S&P’s annual review, it is an important indicator of the strength of Liechtenstein’s financial sector.
Tina Weirather’s Olympic success in winning a bronze medal in the Women’s Super-G skiing brought joy to the Principality unparalleled since Paul Frommelt won Liechtenstein’s last medal in Calgary in 1988 in men’s slalom.
At the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, German doubles luge team members Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken used technical know-how from their sponsor, Thyssenkrupp Presta, to find victory. Using a sled made of wood from Liechtenstein, as well as rails developed in Eschen, the athletes raced down an ice-track at speeds greater than 80 mph.
Arno Oehri’s film “Open Land – Meeting John Abercrombie” succeeds in more than just connecting the audience to the American jazz legend it portrays, it also succeeds in connecting Liechtenstein to the global jazz community. Oehri, a native of Liechtenstein, was invited to show the film at festivals in Madrid, Kassel, and Sarajevo.
In both production and consumption, Liechtenstein is a global leader in organic agricultural produce. Almost exactly an eighth of all of Liechtenstein’s land is used to produce agricultural products that meet international organic standards.