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Liechtenstein/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.2 National definition of culture

In Liechtenstein, the concept of culture encompasses three levels: on one level, culture deals with all the collective intellectual and artistic achievements in the sense of civilisation as a whole. On another level, culture includes science, research, education, art, history, religion, landscape, and form of government, politics – everything enabling human beings to understand themselves and their surroundings. On a third level, culture corresponds to modern societal structures including not only the classical artistic fields of music, fine arts and performing arts, literature and architecture but also folk culture, preservation of historical buildings and monuments, museums and exhibitions, film, photography, dialects.

In spring 2011, the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein adopted a new Cultural Mission Statement, which not only defines the term "culture" but also includes the normative and strategic concept of cultural policy. By 2020, Liechtenstein wants to be perceived internationally in a positive way through its unmistakable culture. The goal is also to be an attractive centre for sustainable cultural projects. In the report entitled "Priorities of Liechtenstein Foreign Policy" of 2012, the high value attached to Liechtenstein's cultural foreign policy is also set out.

Chapter published: 12-11-2014

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