MONACO

Information about travelling to Monaco

Monaco is located in Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy

Facts about Monaco
Population32,796 (July 2008 est.)
CapitalMonaco
Time zoneUTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begin
Location Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy

General info about Monaco
The Genoese built a fortress on the site of present-day Monaco in 1215. The current ruling Grimaldi family secured control in the late 13th century, and a principality was established in 1338. Economic development was spurred in the late 19th century with a railroad linkup to France and the opening of a casino. Since then, the principality's mild climate, splendid scenery, and gambling facilities have made Monaco world famous as a tourist and recreation center.
Languages spoken
French (official), English, Italian, Monegasque
Ethnic division
French 47%, Monegasque 16%, Italian 16%, other 21%
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
NA
Climate
Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
Resources
none
Economy
Monaco, bordering France on the Mediterranean coast, is a popular resort, attracting tourists to its casino and pleasant climate. The principality also is a major banking center and has successfully sought to diversify into services and small, high-value-added, nonpolluting industries. The state has no income tax and low business taxes and thrives as a tax haven both for individuals who have established residence and for foreign companies that have set up businesses and offices. The state retains monopolies in a number of sectors, including tobacco, the telephone network, and the postal service. Living standards are high, roughly comparable to those in prosperous French metropolitan areas.
Environment
NA

Cities in Monaco

fontvieille     la condamine     monaco-ville    



Beer in Monaco (0.33l)
Monaco~ 0.8 EUR
Monaco~ 0.8 EUR

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