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Working in Liechtenstein

Finding any type of work in Liechtenstein can be a herculean task indeed. The country is not a major tourist attraction that can create an abundance of jobs. It has a small population of its own, so there is usually a shortage of workers. Most of the foreign national working in the country tend to be Swiss nationals closely followed by Austrians and Germans. Close to 70% of the workforce commutes from the neighbouring countries.

The good news is that if you are able to find work in the country, it has the lowest tax rates possible. Personal income is taxed at the rate of 1.2% only and wealth tax at 0.06. The country does not impose a minimum wage, but despite that workers enjoy some of the highest salaries in Europe and the quality of life is excellent.

Once essentially an agricultural country, it is now an industrialized nation and a main centre of financial institutions and commerce. The country is known for production of high-tech precision instruments. It is a major exporter of dental products, and industrial products. Many of the products it manufactures are strictly produced for export. Professional jobs are available in the industry, financial and IT sectors.

To be able to work in Liechtenstein for more than 90 days, EU citizens will need a residency permit which will allow them to work for longer periods. For shorter stays, no permits are needed. Non-EU citizens are only able to get a work permit if the employer is able to prove that the post could not be filled with a citizen of Liechtenstein or EU. Even then, the permit may not be approved by the authorities due to quota restrictions.


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