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A small country, the principality of Liechtenstein is landlocked by Switzerland and Austria in Central Europe. As a tax haven – although it is now fighting to remove this image – Liechtenstein has become one of the richest GDP per capita countries in the world and unemployment is less than 2%. Home to around 75,000 letter box companies, the low business taxes and easy incorporation rules have seen people set up nominal offices in the country and this accounts for more than a quarter of the near $4 billion revenues. Other key industries include electronics, metal manufacturing, dental products, ceramics and pharmaceuticals. Tourism is also growing here and outdoor enthusiasts will love the steep mountain ranges and rugged countryside that it offers – and it is only 482 miles, or three and a half hours on a plane from the UK. It is a micro nation like no other, and this means that cheap postage to Liechtenstein demands continue to rise.
Vaduz is the capital and most well-known city in the principality, even if its neighbor Schaan boasts a larger proportion of the near 40,000 population. Other notable locations include Triesen, Balzers, Eschen, Mauren, Triesenberg and Ruggell. When you send a parcel to Liechtenstein, you need to be aware that Swiss Post operates the postal services and there are postcodes that comprise of 4-digits. If you’re sending something to Vaduz, for example, you would use 9489 or 9490. Delivery services in Liechtenstein are cheap and effective thanks to the country being well-connected with transport links throughout. The railway that connects Austria and Switzerland comes through Liechtenstein, there are a couple of hundred miles of paved roads and while there isn’t an airport here, it is not far from of a couple of airports in Switzerland – notably, St Gallen and Zürich.
When looking for the cheapest courier to Liechtenstein, there are a number of delivery services from UPS, Parcelforce and MPD International to choose from. The cheapest comes in the form of MPD International Drop-Off. This gives you a 3-5 day service after you’ve dropped the parcel off at a local Hermes Parcelshop. This service costs from just £23.49 including VAT. If you’re looking for a quicker option then the MPD International Export can have your parcel collected by UPS for a 2-day delivery service, with a starting price of £30.68 including VAT. If you’re sending a larger item then you might want to consider UPS International Express Saver, which has a starting price of £36.74 including VAT. For this service the maximum length is 270cm and maximum weight is 30kg per item. (All prices correct at 9/9/2015)