The Principality of Liechtenstein is situated in Central Europe between Switzerland in the west and Austria in the east. Liechtensteiner cuisine is influenced by its neighbors' cuisines, the large variety of cheese dishes and the main ingredients of a local dish is cheese, meat and vegetables.
Liechtenstein is a principality governed under a constitutional monarchy. It has a form of mixed constitution in which political power is shared by the monarch and a democratically elected parliament. There is a multi-party system and a form of representative democracy in which the prime minister and head of government is responsible to parliament. However the Prince of Liechenstein is head of state and exercises considerable political powers.