Balzers in early-September 2010
Balzers (southwest) and its exclaves in Liechtenstein
|• Total||19.6 km2 (7.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||472 m (1,549 ft)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC)|
|ISO 3166 code||LI-01|
Balzers is a town and community located in southern Liechtenstein. As of the 2005 census, the community has a total population of 4,420. The main part of the village is situated along the east bank of the Rhine.
History and Culture
Historically, the present-day form of the village consists of two different villages, the actual Balzers in the east and Mäls in the west. Not visible to the unaware, the division still persists in the local village culture, where it manifests in half-serious local competition. Some customs, such as the "Funken" a springtime ritual with pre-Christian origins involving a huge bonfire, are still being practised by each separately. The two parts were first mentioned in 842 as Palazole.
Balzers is the home of the Burg Gutenberg, a 12th-century castle which is located on a rocky hill in the center of the town.
|Aircraft||Origin||Year implemented||Type||In service||Role|
|Ecureuil AS 350||France||2005, 2008, and 2012||B3||3||Used for transporting people|
|Guimbal Cabri G2||France||2011||1||Purchased for a new pilot training program, started April 2011|
|Kaman K-Max||United States||2006||1200||1||Used for transporting cargo|
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