Covering just 20 hectares, the monarchy is the second-smallest country in the world, only”overtaken” (or should that be”undertaken?) by the Vatican. But on the other hand, who needs more when there is no income tax and life is extremely comfortable for the majority. And everyone who is anyone or would like to be, have seen or would like to see one of the year´s absolute highlights – the Formula 1 race through the city centre, one of the oldest and most prestigious races in the world that was first held in May 1929. Back then, the cars were like ovens from the heat of hot exhaust pipes. Here, Formula 1 is held in the daytime unlike in Singapore. And the casino? It is situated towards the north-east and is a legend in itself…for names like Grace Kelly, James Bond actors, David Niven, and more contemporarily, today´s rock stars, IT moguls, rich oligarchs and other Russian new wealth, and, of course a whole flock of wannabees…it was and still is the place to be seen. Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.
Monaco is a principality located on the northern coast of the Mediterranean. The official name of the country is the Principality of Monaco. The principality is geographically surrounded by France and is on the Mediterranean coast only a few kilometers from Italy.
Area: 202 ha
Population: 38,499 (2016)
Ruler: King Albert II of Monaco
Official language: French
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