Canada and Liechtenstein enjoy positive relations, particularly within the multilateral sphere, such as within the United Nations system and in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Liechtenstein has been a reliable partner for Canada in promoting human rights and the rule of law.
Canada established diplomatic relations with Liechtenstein in June 1995, managed by the Canadian Embassy in Berne, Switzerland. The Principality of Liechtenstein is represented in Canada by the Swiss Embassy in Ottawa.
In January 2014, Foreign Minister Baird undertook a bilateral visit to Liechtenstein, where he met with Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, Prime Minister Adrian Hasler and Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick. Minister Baird and Minister Frick committed to collaborating on defending the rights of women and children through such means as the Canadian-led efforts to end child, early and forced marriage. Minister Baird’s also visit marked the entry into force of the Canada-Liechtenstein Tax Information Exchange Agreement.
Canada’s economic relationship with Liechtenstein enjoyed a boost in 2009 with the entry into force of a Free Trade Agreement with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which Liechtenstein is one of four members (along with Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland). The agreement provides Canadian businesses with a strategic platform for Canadians to expand commercial ties throughout Europe. Two-way merchandise trade with the EFTA countries was valued at $11.6 billion in 2013.
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