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Rating for Liechtenstein

Updated on Tuesday 19th December 2017

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One of the main reasons foreign investors open companies in Liechtenstein is the small country’s economic stability. This economic performance is assessed by credit rating agencies which are trendsetters for the quantity and quality of foreign direct investments in Liechtenstein. During the last few years, Liechtenstein has received from good to very good ratings considering the greatest rating agencies’ assessments.

If you want to open a company in Liechtenstein and need more information on the country’s credit ratings, our company formation agents can offer more information on the investment possibilities available.

Liechtenstein’s rating for investments is AAA for 2016

Liechtenstein was last assessed at the end of 2015 when the report on the Principality’s economy was prepared for 2016. All three major rating agencies Fitch, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s have issued good prospect for LiechtensteinStandard and Poor’s rated Liechtenstein with AAA and a stable outlook for this year. The same rating was given by Moody’s. Also, for the first time after a long period Liechtenstein was the country to obtain a AAA rating from Standard and Poor’s, which is the highest rating a country can receive from this agency.

These ratings have had a major impact on Liechtenstein’s economy this year which have led to a great number of companies registered in the Principality.

The video below shows the ratings Liechtenstein receieved until now:

S&P’s latest rating for Liechtenstein

The latest rating received by Liechtenstein was issued by the Standard and Poor’s agency at the end of July 2017. More than a new issuance, S&P renewed its rating for the Principality. According to the latest report, Liechtenstein was rated AAA/A-1+ with a stable outlook.

The reason behind this rating is Liechtenstein’s strong Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 3.6% registered in 2016. For the 2017-2020 period, Liechtenstein is expected to have an average 1.6% surplus, which is what determined S&P to provide a stable outlook until the next rating is issued.

S&P’s report also indicates Liechtenstein to keep up with the latest international regulatory regimes in terms of taxation and financial services. The increasing revenue collected from taxes is also expected to be maintained by the government over the next two years.

Other recent ratings for Liechtenstein

Not only S&P rated Liechtenstein AAA, but the other major agencies have also issued good ratings for the Principality during the last year. Among these Moody’s rated Liechtenstein Aaa, while Fitch rated the Principality AAA. These were long-term ratings Liechtenstein received in the past year. Just like S&P, the other two agencies also offered a stable outlook for the Principality.

Why does Liechtenstein receive such good ratings?

First of all, Liechtenstein is considered a “reputable financial center” in Europe which is why its economy is very stable. This economy is based on a good regulatory framework and standards meeting the greatest standards. According to all agencies, Liechtenstein receives such good ratings because:

  • -          it has a stable society;
  • -          it has a sound company legislation;
  • -          it has a sound tax legislation;
  • -          it has a good infrastructure;
  • -          it has little to no bureaucracy.

Also, with the Swiss franc as its official currency, Liechtenstein has low interest rates on loans. The small country is also considered to have several niche products addressed only to the EU markets.

Foreign investors seeking to set up companies here may contact our company registration representative in Liechtenstein for assistance.


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