Tiny Liechtenstein Plans to Seek U.N. Seat

Associated Press

This tiny principality said Friday it plans to seek full membership in the United Nations next year.

Liechtenstein, which on many maps is not much bigger than the famous postage stamps it exports, comprises 63 square miles. If accepted, it would replace the 100-square-mile Caribbean nation of St. Kitts-Nevis as the smallest in the United Nations.

Nestled in a mountain valley between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein is known as a tax haven and skier's paradise. It has the highest per-capita income in Europe, no unemployment among its 28,000 people, and a coalition government that has lasted half a century.

Liechtenstein already belongs to several U.N. agencies.

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