Whoops! Swiss Accidentally Invade Liechtenstein

ByABC News
March 3, 2007, 5:10 PM

March 3, 2007 — -- Talk about a surprise invasion.

Switzerland's army marched into neighboring Liechtenstein this week. But easy-going Liechtenstein seemed to take it in stride.

"It has happened before," Liechtenstein government spokeswoman Gerlinde Manz-Christ told ABC News. "Nobody really realized it."

Early Thursday, 170 Swiss soldiers on a training mission got lost in the rain and wandered over the unmarked border. They were a mile into Liechtenstein before they realized their mistake.

Swiss authorities informed Liechtenstein their border had been breached and the commanding officer gave an official apology.

The principality of Liechtenstein is slightly smaller than Washington, D.C., and has no standing army, but does not seem worried.

"Who could cross the border except for the Swiss?" Manz-Christ said. "We are surrounded by neutral countries, so that leaves us in a comfortable position."

It is indeed hard to disturb the peace in such a content country. Liechtenstein boasts more than 200 years as a sovereign state with consistent borders.