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Principality of Liechtenstein Europe Vaduz 37,313 inhabitants 160 sq km 233.21 inhabitants/sq km Swiss francs (CHF) population evolution

Famous people from Liechtenstein

Here is a list of famous people from Liechtenstein. Curious if anybody from Liechtenstein made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Josef Rheinberger

Composer

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger was a German organist and composer, born in Liechtenstein.

Stephanie Vogt

Tennis Player

Stephanie Vogt is a Liechtensteinerin professional tennis player. Vogt has won nine singles and six doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 14 October 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 140. On 21 October 2013, she peaked at world number 128 in the doubles rankings. Vogt made her debut for the Liechtenstein Fed Cup team in 2006, accumulating an overall record of 14-9.

Andreas Wenzel

Professional Alpine Skier

Andreas Wenzel is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Liechtenstein, active from 1976 to 1988. Born in Planken, he was the overall World Cup champion in 1980, the same season in which his older sister Hanni won the women's overall title. He also won two season titles in the combined event, in 1984 and 1985. Wenzel competed in four Winter Olympics, and won two Olympic medals and four World Championship medals, including one gold. One of the top five-event racers of his era, he finished his World Cup career with 14 victories, 48 podiums, and 122 top ten finishes.

Tina Weirather

Professional Alpine Skier

Christina "Tina" Weirather is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Liechtenstein.

Sandro Wieser

Soccer Midfielder

Sandro Wieser is a Liechtensteiner footballer who currently plays for SV Ried in the Austrian Bundesliga on loan from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the Fußball-Bundesliga.

Peter Jehle

Soccer

Peter Karl Jehle is a Liechtensteiner footballer who plays for FC Vaduz in the Swiss Challenge League, as a goalkeeper.

Peter Kaiser

Man

Peter Kaiser was a historian and statesman from Liechtenstein. Kaiser was born in Mauren, in the Principality of Liechtenstein as one of eleven children. He studied languages and history in Feldkirch, Vienna and Freiburg/Breisgau. Kaiser became known as a proponent of the rights of the common people or serfs in his home country. In 1820 during the Congress of Vienna, he promoted German unification and rights issues. Due to the unpopularity of this stand in an age of imperialism, he was subsequently forced out of Germany. Kaiser moved to Switzerland and became a professor in Hofwil. In 1836, he taught in Aarau and then in Disentis, in the Grisons. In 1843, Kaiser was appointed as a representative to Prince Alois in Vienna. Kaiser published History of The Principality of Liechtenstein in 1846, which was initially banned in Liechtenstein, but the ban was later lifted by Prince Alois. In 1848 Kaiser was named as the representative of the Principality’s Diet to the Parliament of Frankfurt. During this year, the political climate changed dramatically in Europe, and the citizens of Liechtenstein began demanding a liberalization of their rights under the constitution, including free elections. Initially, Prince Alois promised constitutional reform and a public works program, but this did not abate the revolutionary ferver. Kaiser, who was a member of the local revolutionary committee, sought to avoid violence by appealing directly to the Prince, and due to his standing, was heard. Open violent revolution was thus avoided and genuine changes were enacted.

Erhard Berner

Military Person

Erhard-Heinrich Berner was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded several divisions. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Erhard Berner was captured by Soviet troops in 1945 and was held until 1955.

Franz Burgmeier

Soccer Midfielder

Franz Burgmeier is a Liechtenstein footballer, who plays as a midfielder for Vaduz in the Swiss Challenge League. Born in Triesen, Burgmeier was a burgeoning footballer and keen skier, until he gave up the latter sport at 16 following a serious injury. Having been a youth player for Triesen, he started his professional career with Vaduz. Burgmeier won several Liechtensteiner Cups with Vaduz, who were promoted to the Swiss Challenge League in 2001, and played in the UEFA Cup. After two unsuccessful attempts to win promotion to the Swiss Super League, Burgmeier left for Aarau in 2005. He spent only one season with Aarau before a move to the previous season's runners-up Basel in 2006. His two seasons with Basel were broken up by a loan spell with Thun, before he moved to England with Darlington in August 2008, where he played for one year. Burgmeier has won 81 caps and scored seven goals for his country. He is a right-footed player who is either a left midfielder or left back, with the ability to deliver a good cross. He made his international debut in 2001 against Spain and three years later scored one of the goals that helped secure his country's first point in World Cup qualification matches.

Rainer Hasler

Football player

Rainer Hasler is a former Liechtenstein football player. In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's jubilee, he was selected by the Liechtenstein Football Association as the country's Golden Player - the greatest player of the last 50 years.

Martin Büchel

Soccer Midfielder

Martin Büchel is a Liechtenstein footballer, who currently plays for Zürich.

Thomas Beck

Soccer

Thomas Beck is a Liechtenstein football striker who plays for FC Hard. He also plays for the Liechtenstein national football team. He currently has earned 91 caps and scored five goals for Liechtenstein since making his international debut in a Euro 2000 qualifier against Romania in September 1998.

Mario Frick

Politician

Mario K. Frick is a former Head of Government of Liechtenstein and attorney-at-law. At the time of his election he was the world's youngest Head of Government at 28 years old. During his tenure as Prime Minister, Liechtenstein entered the European Economic Area after a successful referendum in 1995, and experienced economic growth. However, it also faced problems in its foreign relations, such as a dispute with the Czech Republic begun in 1992 over the confiscation of Prince Hans Adam's estates in 1945, and a 2001 dispute with Germany in the International Court of Justice over royal property confiscated in order to pay war debts. After the end of his term as Prime Minister, Frick was notably prominent in the political controversy surrounding the constitutional referendum in 2003, whereby it was proposed that the ruling Prince be given wider powers; a number of other measures were also proposed. Frick led the opposition to the proposed changes which, however, were subsequently approved by the electorate.

Wolfgang Haas

Man

Wolfgang Haas is the first archbishop of the Archdiocese of Vaduz in Liechtenstein. He was ordained a priest as well as incardinated in Chur on April 7, 1974. At the request of the bishop of Chur Johannes Vonderach, Haas was appointed to the position of coadjutor bishop of Chur on March 25, 1988. On May 22, 1990, Haas then became bishop of Chur. On December 2, 1997, Pope John Paul II appointed him to archbishop of the newly created Archdiocese of Vaduz. Haas is known for his friendly relations with and his support for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Otmar Hasler

Politician

Otmar Hasler was the Prime Minister of Liechtenstein from 5 April 2001 to 25 March 2009. He was educated at the University of Fribourg. He was appointed on 5 April 2001, replacing Mario Frick, and led a government of the Progressive Citizens' Party in Liechtenstein and the Patriotic Union. His rule has seen a significant transfer of powers from his office to the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein. He previously served as Speaker of the Landtag in 1995.

Adrian Hasler

Politician

Adrian Hasler, is chief of the Liechtenstein National Police and the current Prime Minister of Liechtenstein. Hasler is a trained economist. After leaving school at the Liechtenstein Gymnasium, he studied business administration at the University of St. Gallen. He was elected in 2001 as a Progressive Citizens' Party member of the Landtag of Liechtenstein. In March 2004, he resigned to become the new police chief. On 1 April 2004 he dismissed the interim police chief Martin Meyer, and later dismissed the deputy chief. In 2012, he was selected as the FBP candidate for Prime Minister; the party then won the 2013 Parliamentary elections. Adrian Hasler is married to Gudrun Hasler, and they have two sons, Pascal and Luis.

Paul Frommelt

Professional Alpine Skier

Paul Frommelt is a former Alpine skier from Liechtenstein and young brother of Willi Frommelt. In the 1970s and 1980s he belonged to the Liechtenstein skiing team together with the siblings Andreas Wenzel and Hanni Wenzel. He was a slalom specialist and he won four slalom competitions in the World Cup. He also came third at the 1978 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary he won a bronze medal in the slalom competition.

Mathias Christen

Soccer Midfielder

Mathias Christen is a Liechtensteiner international footballer who plays for Thai club Singhtarua, as a midfielder.

Daniel Hasler

Soccer Defender

Daniel Hasler is a former Liechtenstein football defender. He is one of the most capped players for the Liechtenstein national football team, having appeared 78 times since his debut against Estonia in 1993. He last played for FC Vaduz.

Philippe Erne

Soccer Midfielder

Philippe Erne is an international footballer from Liechtenstein who plays as a striker. Erne plays club football for FC Balzers, and formerly played for FC Vaduz, USV Eschen/Mauren and FC Chur 97.

David Hasler

Soccer Midfielder

David Hasler is a Liechtenstein football midfielder, who plays for Eschen/Mauren in the third tier of the Swiss Football League. The most highly-rated young player in Liechtenstein, Hasler signed a three-year contract with Swiss side FC Basel in 2007 after making his name at USV Eschen/Mauren in his homeland. FC Zürich and BSC Young Boys also competed for his signature. UEFA.com named him as one of the most promising youngsters of 2007. After playing for Basel's youth and reserve teams, Hasler moved to Vaduz on a transfer in 2010. He made his international Under-21 debut for Liechtenstein in April 2006 against Northern Ireland at 15 years and 11 months old. On 26 March 2008, Hasler was granted his first senior cap for the Liechtenstein national team against Malta.

Martin Rechsteiner

Soccer Defender

Martin Rechsteiner is a former international footballer from Liechtenstein who played as a defender. Rechsteiner formerly played for FC Schaan, FC Balzers, USV Eschen/Mauren and FC Vaduz.

Markus Foser

Professional Alpine Skier

Markus Foser is a Liechtenstein former alpine skier who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics and 1994 Winter Olympics.

Julia Hassler

Swimmer

Julia Hassler is a swimmer from Liechtenstein. She participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she competed in the 400m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle events. Aged 19 at that time, she was the youngest member of Liechtenstein's Olympic team. Hassler failed to reach the final in both events, finishing in 27th and 17th place overall respectively.

Willi Frommelt

Professional Alpine Skier

Willi Frommelt is a former Alpine skier from Liechtenstein.

Fritz Kaiser

Man

Fritz Kaiser is a wealth management entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist from the Principality of Liechtenstein. He is married to Birgit and has four children. He is co-founder and executive chairman of Kaiser Partner, a wealth management firm that provides family office and wealth management services to private wealth owners and their advisors. Kaiser is an advocate for responsible wealth management and is well known for his innovation in this field. Specifically, in 2011, he won the Spear’s Magazine "Wealth Management Innovator of the Year" award for the successful instigation and development of the ‘Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility’, a vehicle which promotes tax compliance by assisting UK taxpayers in the declaration of previously untaxed assets. He also co-founded the Mentor Foundation, a leading international NGO voice of drug abuse prevention.

John Latenser, Sr.

Architect

John Latenser, Sr. was a Liechtenstein-born American architect whose influential public works in Omaha, Nebraska numbered in the dozens. His original name was Johann Laternser. Many of the buildings Latenser designed, including public and private, are included on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1930s 89 out of 98 blocks in Downtown Omaha contained at least one building designed by Latenser and Sons. Latenser designed more than a dozen buildings that are currently included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Michael Stocklasa

Footballer

Michael Stocklasa is a retired international footballer from Liechtenstein who played as a defender. Stocklasa played club football for USV Eschen/Mauren, and formerly played for FC Vaduz, FC Winterthur and FC Baden. Stocklasa played his final match for Liechtenstein in February 2012 before deciding to end his footballing days to focus on his career.

Alexander Frick

Politician

Dr. Alexander Frick was the Regierungschef of Liechtenstein from September 3, 1945 until July 16, 1962, serving as a member of the Progressive Citizens' Party. From 1929 until 1936 he was a civil servant for the Liechtenstein fiscal administration, becoming director in 1936 and serving until 1945. In 1931 he founded the Scouts of Liechtenstein. From 1935 until 1937 he served as chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Liechtenstein. In 1961 he was awarded a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Fribourg. Following his service as head of the government, he became deputy of the Diet from 1966 until 1974. He served as its speaker from 1966 until 1970. His son Hansjörg Frick was a member of the government from 2001 until 2005. In 1957, Frick was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria

Klaus Tschütscher

Politician

Klaus Tschütscher is a politician of the Principality of Liechtenstein. He was the twelfth Prime Minister of Liechtenstein from 25 March 2009 until being succeeded in this capacity on 27 March 2013. His Ministries were General Government Affairs, Finance, Family Affairs and Gender equality. Tschütscher belongs to the Patriotic Union-party. Klaus Tschütscher is married and father of two children and lives in Ruggell.

Markus Büchel

Politician

Markus Büchel was a former head of government of Liechtenstein. He was in office from May to December 1993. He won the elections in 1993 as a candidate for the conservative FBP. In 2002, he became Honorary Consul of Russia in Liechtenstein. His survivors include his wife, Elena and son David.

Benjamin Büchel

Soccer

Benjamin Büchel is a Liechtensteiner international footballer who plays club football in England for Bournemouth, as a goalkeeper.

Marco Ritzberger

Soccer

Marco Ritzberger is a former Liechtenstein football defender. At the age of 22, Ritzberger had played 7 games in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying and once in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Andreas Christen

Footballer

Andreas Christen is an international footballer from Liechtenstein, who currently plays for FC Balzers.

Gerard Batliner

Politician

Gerard Batliner was a Head of Government of Liechtenstein and attorney-at-law. He was born in Eschen, Liechtenstein. Batliner presided over the Liechtenstein parliament and was a member of the European Commission on Human Rights. He studied law at the University of Fribourg and received honorary degrees from the University of Basel and Innsbruck. He died in Eschen.

Marcel Tschopp

Olympic Road runner

Marcel Tschopp is a Liechtensteiner orienteer and track athlete, specializing in the marathon. Tschopp was Liechtenstein's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and finished 74th in the men's marathon. He is a physician by profession.

Daniel Kaufmann

Footballer

Daniel Kaufmann is a Liechtensteiner footballer who currently plays for FC Vaduz in the Swiss Challenge League.

Alfred Hilbe

Politician

Alfred J. Hilbe was the Prime Minister of Liechtenstein from 1970 to 1974. He was born in Schaan.

Marina Nigg

Alpine skier

Marina Nigg is an alpine skier.

Nicolas Hasler

Soccer Midfielder

Nicolas Hasler is a Liechtensteiner football striker who currently plays for FC Vaduz.

Hans Brunhart

Politician

Hans Brunhart was the Head of Government, foreign minister and finance minister of the principality of Liechtenstein from April 26, 1978 until May 26, 1993. He was a member of the Patriotic Union party, a liberal oriented party. He resigned after that party had disappointing results in elections 1993. Since 1996, Brunhart has been chairman of the board of directors of Verwaltungs- und Privat Bank AG, Vaduz.

Jessica Walter

Professional Alpine Skier

Jessica Walter is a Liechtenstein former alpine skier who competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Achim Vogt

Professional Alpine Skier

Achim Vogt is a Liechtenstein former alpine skier who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics, 1994 Winter Olympics, 1998 Winter Olympics, and 2002 Winter Olympics.

Ivan Quintans

Soccer Midfielder

Ivan Quintans is a Liechtensteiner footballer who currently plays for FC Balzers.

Franz-Josef Vogt

Soccer Defender

Franz-Josef Vogt is an international footballer from Liechtenstein who plays as a defender. Vogt plays club football for FC Buchs, and formerly played for USV Eschen/Mauren, FC Balzers and FC Chur 97.

Harry Zech

Football player

Harry Zech is a former Liechtenstein football defender. Making his debut against Switzerland in 1991, Zech would go on to win 40 caps and score one goal for his country. Zech was also the captain for much of his later years in the national squad. He last played at the club level for USV Eschen/Mauren. As chronicled in Charlie Connelly's book, Stamping Grounds: Liechtenstein's Quest for the World Cup, Zech is also an accomplished winemaker, arguably the best in the country, and is the proprietor of the Harry Zech Winebau Cantina in Schaanwald.

Markus Hasler

Professional Cross-Country Skier

Markus Hasler is a cross country skier from Liechtenstein who has competed since 1992. His best World Cup finish was third in a sprint event in Italy in 2001. Hasler also competed in five Winter Olympics, earning his best finish of 11th in the 15 km + 15 km double pursuit event at Turin in 2006. His best finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was fourth in the 10 km + 10 km double pursuit event at Val di Fiemme in 2003.

Lucas Eberle

Soccer Midfielder

Lucas Eberle is a Liechtensteiner footballer who currently plays for FC Balzers.

Vinzenz Flatz

Soccer Midfielder

Vinzenz Flatz is a Liechtenstein soccer player.

Andreas Gerster

Soccer Midfielder

Andreas Gerster is an international footballer from Liechtenstein who plays as a midfielder. Gerster plays club football for FC Triesenberg, and formerly played for FC Vaduz, TSV Hartberg and USV Eschen/Mauren.

Walter Kieber

Politician

Walter Kieber was the Prime Minister of Liechtenstein from 1974 to 1978. He belongs to the Progressive Citizens' Party.

Thomas Hanselmann

Soccer Defender

Thomas Hanselmann is a former Liechtenstein football defender. Making his debut against Macedonia in 1996, Hanselmann would go on to win 25 caps and score one goal for his country. He last played at the club level for FC Chur 97.

Daniel Vogt

Alpine skier

Daniel Vogt is a Liechtenstein former alpine skier who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics and 1994 Winter Olympics.

Rony Hanselmann

Football player

Rony Hanselmann is a former Liechtensteiner footballer who last played for FC Balzers.

Patrik Hefti

Soccer Defender

Patrik Hefti is a Liechtensteiner former association football Defender who played professionally in Liechtenstein and the United States. He also earned thirty-three caps for the Liechtenstein national football team. He is the Head of Securities and Client Relations with LGT Bank in Singapore. He continues to play amateur football with Swiss FC. In 1989, Hefti began his professional career with FC Vaduz. In 1994 and 1995, he played for the Carolina Dynamo in the USISL. In 2000, he moved to FC Schaan where he finished his career in 2002. By the time he retired from playing, Hefti had already begun his career in financial services. In 1998, he joined LGT Bank and served as an apprentice with Berufbildungszentrum Buchs in Switzerland from 1998 to 2001. In 2004, he earned a degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen and a master's degree in applied finance from Macquarie University in 2007.

Birgit Heeb

Professional Alpine Skier

Birgit Heeb-Batliner is a Liechtenstein former alpine skier who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics, 1994 Winter Olympics, 1998 Winter Olympics, and 2002 Winter Olympics.

Raphael Rohrer

Soccer Midfielder

Raphael Rohrer is a Liechtenstein football footballer, who is Playercoach for FC Triesen.

Ronny Büchel

Soccer

Ronny Büchel is an international footballer from Liechtenstein who plays as a midfielder. Büchel plays club football for USV Eschen/Mauren, and formerly played for FC Vaduz, Young Boys and FC Chur 97. Büchel retired from international football in 2010, and currently helps coach his country's U-21 team.

Wolfgang Ospelt

Football player

Wolfgang Ospelt is a Liechtensteiner former association football player. He played as a midfielder. Between 1990 and 1995, Ospelt won 10 caps for the Liechtenstein national football team.

Niklas Kieber

Footballer

Niklas Kieber is a Liechtensteiner footballer who currently plays for FC St. Gallen.

Simon Pirker

Football player

Simon Pirker is a Liechtensteiner footballer who currently plays for Austrian club FC RW Rankweil.

August Wolfinger

Alpine skier

August Wolfinger is a Liechtenstein former alpine skier who competed in the 1964 Winter Olympics.

Fabian Eberle

Footballer

Fabian Eberle is a Liechtensteiner footballer who currently plays for FC Balzers.

Mario Tichy

Football player

Patrick Burgmeier

Football player

Patrick Burgmeier is a Liechtenstein footballer, who plays for USV Eschen/Mauren in the Swiss 1. Liga. He has played club football for USV Eschen/Mauren, FC Vaduz and FC Triesen and won seven caps for Liechtenstein. Burgmeier is the elder brother of fellow footballer Franz Burgmeier, born to Heinz and Elsbeth.

Xaver Frick

Professional Cross-Country Skier

Xavier Frick was a Liechtensteinian Olympic athlete and cross-country skier. He was born in Balzers, Liechtenstein. He competed as an athlete in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz. Frick is the only Liechtenstein athlete to date to have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Frick was a founding member of both the National Sports Association and the first Liechtenstein National Olympic Committee. He served as the Secretary of the National Olympic Committee beginning at its founding in 1935. He later headed the country's NOC as President from 1963 until 1970. Frick served as the first president of the Liechtenstein Athletics Federation, also known as the Liechtensteiner Turn- und Leichtathletikverband, a European Athletics Member Federation, for 35 years. Additionally, Frick served on the board of directors of several other Liechtenstein organizations including the Alpine Club, the Gymnastics Club, and the Balzers Ski Club. He was awarded a Golden Laurel in 2003 by the government of Liechtenstein for outstanding contributions to sport. Frick died on June 10, 2009 at the age of 96.

Jürgen Berginz

Olympic athlete

Jürgen Berginz is an Olympic Bobsleigh athlete from Liechtenstein.

Ralf Oehri

Football player

Ralf Oehri is a Liechtensteiner former association footballer who played as a midfielder. Between 1990 and 2002, he won 10 caps for the Liechtenstein national football team. If his date of birth is correct, he was only 13 when he won his first cap, the youngest European man to play senior international football. The rsssf site says he was three years older.

Diego Haas

Football player

Alois Lampert

Olympic athlete

Alois Lampert is a Liechtenstein cyclist. He competed in the individual road race event at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

Franz Schädler

Soccer Midfielder

Franz Schädler is a former Liechtenstein football midfielder. Making his debut against Latvia in 1995, Schädler would go on to win 12 caps and score one goal for his country. He last played at the club level for FC Balzers.

Marco Schädler

Composer

Marco Schädler is a composer from Liechtenstein. He studied music at the conservatory in Feldkirch, Austria.

Iren Nigg

Author

Iren Nigg is a writer.