Thomas Zwiefelhofer

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Thomas Zwiefelhofer
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Deputy Prime Minister of Liechtenstein
In office
March 27, 2013 March 30, 2017
Monarch Alois (Regent)
Prime Minister Adrian Hasler
Preceded by Martin Meyer
Succeeded by Daniel Risch
Minister of Home Affairs, Justice, and Economy
In office
March 27, 2013 March 30, 2017
Monarch Alois (Regent)
Prime Minister Adrian Hasler
Preceded by Hugo Quaderer
Succeeded by Dominique Hasler
Personal details
Born (1969-12-10) December 10, 1969 (age 49)
Political party Patriotic Union
Spouse(s) Susanne Heeb
Alma mater ETH Zurich
University of St. Gallen
University of Liechtenstein

Thomas Zwiefelhofer (born December 10, 1969) is a politician from Liechtenstein who served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Liechtenstein and Minister of Home Affairs, Justice and Economic Affairs.

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Liechtenstein Principality in western-central Europe

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Zwiefelhofer is a Doctor of law and has graduated in architecture. He is married, has three children and lives with his family in Vaduz.

Vaduz Municipality in Oberland, Liechtenstein

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Thomas Zwiefelhofer got his Matura , the general qualification for university entrance, in 1989 at the Liechtenstein secondary school in Vaduz. Subsequently he started studying architecture at the ETH Zurich Faculty of Architecture, where he graduated in 1996 as a certified architect. Afterwards he worked as an architect and project leader for two years at ZRH Architekten AG in Zollikon.

<i>Matura</i> name of final exam of high school in many countries

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ETH Zurich Faculty of Architecture

Founded in 1854, the Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) at ETH Zurich is an architecture school of worldwide reputation, providing education in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and urban design. It has around 1,900 students and 350 staff, and an annual budget of CHF 40 million.

Zollikon Place in Zurich, Switzerland

Zollikon is a municipality in the district of Meilen in the canton of Zürich, Switzerland known for being one of Switzerland's most exclusive districts. Besides the main settlement of Zollikon, which lies on the shore of Lake Zürich, the municipality also includes Zollikerberg, at a higher elevation on the road from Zürich to Forch.

From 1998 to 2000, Zwiefelhofer attended the University of St. Gallen, where he studied law. From then, until he entered politics in 2013, Zwiefelhofer practiced law at the general trust company in Vaduz where he also was a member of the management board. In 2002 he successfully completed a course in trusts at the Liechtenstein University of applied sciences. 2007, Zwiefelhofer went back to the University of St. Gallen to get his Ph.D. in law. From 2009 to 2010, he also reached a Certificate of Advanced Studies in national and international tax law at the University of Liechtenstein.

The University of St. Gallen is a research university located in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Established in 1898, it specialises in business administration, economics, law, and international affairs. It is known as HSG, an abbreviation of its former German name Handels-Hochschule St. Gallen. In the fall of 2016 it had 8,337 students, of which 3,097 were master's students and 675 doctoral students. According to international rankings, the university is considered among the world's leading business schools.

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University of Liechtenstein university

The University of Liechtenstein is a public university located in the Principality of Liechtenstein. It focuses on two fields of study – architecture and business economics. The University of Liechtenstein is located in Vaduz, the capital of the principality. The students and faculty come from 40 countries, and the university has partnerships with 80 other institutions.

At the 2013 parliamentary election, Zwiefelhofer was the Patriotic Union’s candidate for Prime Minister. The Patriotic Union came in second to the Progressive Citizens' Party, however, the two formed a grand coalition, and as a result, Zwiefelhofer became the Deputy Prime Minister in the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Additionally he currently serves as Minister of Home Affairs, Justice and Economic Affairs.

Patriotic Union (Liechtenstein) political party in Liechtenstein

The Patriotic Union is a Christian-democratic political party in Liechtenstein. The VU is one of the two major political parties in Liechtenstein, along with the national-conservative Progressive Citizens' Party. The VU is the more liberal of the two parties, advocating constitutional monarchy and greater democracy. It is led by Jakob Büchel and has eight members in the Landtag.

Progressive Citizens Party political party

The Progressive Citizens' Party is a national-conservative political party in Liechtenstein. The FBP is one of the two major political parties in Liechtenstein, along with the Christian-democratic Patriotic Union. Founded in 1918 along with the now-defunct Christian-Social People's Party, it is the oldest extant party in Liechtenstein.

Cabinet of Liechtenstein

The Cabinet of Liechtenstein is the chief executive body of the Principality of Liechtenstein. The current cabinet was sworn in on 27 March 2013. According to the Constitution of Liechtenstein, the cabinet shall consist of the Prime Minister and four other Ministers. The Prime Minister and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the Reigning Prince with the agreement of Parliament and on its proposal. On the proposal of Parliament, one of the Ministers shall be appointed by the Reigning Prince as the Deputy Prime Minister. If an individual Minister should lose the confidence of the Reigning Prince or of Parliament, the decision on the loss of the authority of the Minister to exercise his functions shall be taken by mutual agreement of the Reigning Prince and Parliament. Until a new Minister has been appointed, the official duties of the Minister shall be performed by the Minister's alternate.

In parallel, he remains the Honorary consul of Republic of Poland in Liechtenstein.

Poland Republic in Central Europe

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country located in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative subdivisions, covering an area of 312,696 square kilometres (120,733 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With a population of approximately 38.5 million people, Poland is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union. Poland's capital and largest metropolis is Warsaw. Other major cities include Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, and Szczecin.


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