Underworld: The lure of a Liechtenstein bank account

The principality’s commitment to transparency leaves room for privacy.

Editor’s note: This article is part of “Underworld: a global crime blotter,” a semi-regular series covering crime and punishment around the world.

VADUZ, Liechtenstein — Warm hospitality is easy to find in this drab capital, at least if you’re there to deposit a sizeable amount of money.

After mentioning the topic at the reception desk of one of the tiny country’s 15 banks recently, I was ushered into elegant back offices and plied with complementary refreshment. They didn’t even trouble me for my name.

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