Liechtenstein | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2004

2004 Scores

Press Status


Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


Liechtenstein remains one of the freest media environments in the world. During 2003 no violations of press freedom were reported. Article 40 of the constitution guarantees freedom of expression and the press. Due to the country's small size and location, media of all forms from neighboring Switzerland, Austria, and Germany are widespread. The principality's two daily newspapers, Liechtensteiner Vaterland and Liechtensteiner Volksblatt, generally reflect the views of the two main political parties. The main radio station, Radio Liechtenstein, was privately owned. However, due to the withdrawal of the private sponsor, the government will take over ownership at the beginning of 2004. There are two television stations, a private one and the state broadcaster. Internet access is open and unrestricted.