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Why Is Liechtenstein an Attractive Country for Investors?

Updated on Saturday 02nd September 2017

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Even if it is one of the smallest European states, Liechtenstein is one of the most attractive countries for foreign investorsCredit agencies have offered Liechtenstein good ratings for several years in a row now which has led to the Principality to have very good economic prospects. Foreign enterprisers also rely on the legislation favoring investments. A particularity about Liechtenstein is that it entered a customs union with Switzerland and also uses the Swiss franc as a national currency.

If you want to open a company in Liechtenstein and need information on the legislation for foreign investments, our company formation agents can provide it to you.

Most industries are open to foreign investors in Liechtenstein

When inquiring on why foreign investors would decide to come to Liechtenstein and not Switzerland or Austria, its neighboring countries, it must be stated that the Government has opened the doors to most of the industries to foreign enterprisers coming here. Liechtenstein is the second largest financial center in Europe right after Luxembourg and also has the second greatest income per person in the world.

What differentiates Liechtenstein from its European neighbors is that the country is mostly open to small businesses which are also encouraged by the central authorities. Many companies operating all over the world have started as small businesses in Liechtenstein.

The video below shows why foreign investors come to Liechtenstein:

Liechtenstein has an attractive taxation system

Another reason making Liechtenstein an attractive country for foreign investors is its taxation system.  With a maximum income tax rate of 20% and a significant number of tax and investments agreements, the small country offers many other benefits to foreign investors. The corporate tax in Liechtenstein is set at one of the smallest rates in Europe: 12.5%. Also, many of the enterprisers coming from abroad are impressed with how swift the company registration process goes in Liechtenstein because of the lack of redtape.

Liechtenstein is also part of the European Economic Area, just like Switzerland, and thus it benefits from special provisions in its relations with the European Union.

Foreign investments in Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein has one of the most stable economies in Europe, which is why rating agencies have offered triple A ratings for several years in a row now. The last AAA rating obtained by Liechtenstein was obtained in July 2017 from Standard and Poor’s.

These ratings coupled with the stable economy drive many foreign investments in Liechtenstein, making it an attractive jurisdiction for international companies which establish branch offices and subsidiaries here. Liechtenstein has also open most of its industries to foreign investments, no restrictions being imposed to those interested in opening companies here.

Liechtenstein relies on one of the strongest banking industries in Europe

Not only that, but Liechtenstein ranks among the best countries in the world when it comes to setting up insurance companies and investment funds. Even if it is not an EU member, Liechtenstein has signed numerous agreements with the EU states which enable the latter to set up businesses in the investment funds sector in Liechtenstein.

During the last few years, Liechtenstein amended the investment funds legislation so it now offers one of the most modern infrastructures for creating fintech companies, such as cryptocurrency and crowd funding businesses.

Our Liechtenstein company formation consultants can offer information on the legislation related to the banking industry. We can also help you set up a business in this field.

For complete information on what makes Liechtenstein an attractive country for investors, please feel free to contact us. Our company registration representatives in Liechtenstein can also assist you open a company here.

 

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