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Destination Monaco, a virtual travel guide to this Principality at the French Riviera. Here you will find comprehensive information about the second-smallest independent state in the world: Monaco's geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Monaco and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for Monaco and the French Riviera, the Côte d'Azur.

The Palace of the Principality
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Principality of Monaco | Principaute de Monaco

Country Profile

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Founded in 1215 as a colony of Genoa, Monaco has been ruled by the House of Grimaldi since 1297, when François Grimaldi, known as "Malizia" seized Monaco's fortress in response to the exile imposed upon the Guelfs. For seven centuries the Grimaldi family has presided over the Principality of Monaco, the only exception to this was from 1789 to 1814, when Monaco was under French control. Designated as a protectorate of Sardinia from 1815 until 1860 by the Congress of Vienna, Monaco's sovereignty was recognised by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861.
The Principality at the Cote d'Azu has only one commune, Monaco, whose limits are the same as those of the stater.
Economic development was spurred in the late 19th century with a railroad linkup to France and the opening of a casino in Monte-Carlo.
On 11 April 1950 Prince Rainier officially became monarch, succeeding his grandfather Prince Louis II. With the marriage to U.S. actress Grace Kelly in 1956, Prince Rainier brought Hollywood glamour to his tiny Mediterranean state and put Monaco on the international stage. Since then, the principality's mild climate, splendid scenery and gambling facilities have made Monaco world famous as a tourist and recreation center and a haven for really rich people.

On Wednesday 6 April 2005 Prince RAINIER III has died aged 81.

border countries: France
related countries: Italy

where in the world is Monaco

Official Name:
Principaute de Monaco
short form: Monaco
int'l long form: Principality of Monaco
int'l short form: Monaco

ISO Country Code: mc

Time Zone: Central European Time (CET)
Local Time = UTC +1h
Actual Time: Fri-Mar-6  06:56
Daylight Saving Time (DST) March - October (UTC +2h)

Country Calling Code: +377

Capital City: Monaco (pop. 32 020)

Type: Constitutional monarchy.
Chief of state: Prince RAINIER III (since 9 May 1949)
Constitution: 17 December 1962 (amended in April 2002).

Location: Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy.
Area: 1.95 km² (0.75 sq. mi); about the size of New York City's Central Park.

Terrain: Hilly, rugged.

Climate: Mediterranean with mild winters and hot, dry but sea breezes cooled summers.

Nationality: Monegasque.
Population (2011): 36,371, about 20,000 of them are millionaires.
Ethnic groups (2000 census): Monegasque 19%, French 32%, Italian 20%, other 29%.
Religions: Roman Catholic 90%, other 10%.
Languages: French (official), English, Italian, and Monegasque (a blend of French and Italian).
Literacy: 99%.

Natural resources: none
Agriculture products: none

Industries: Tourism, construction, small-scale industrial and consumer products.

Currency: Euro (EUR)

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Official Sites of Monaco

Principauté de Monaco
The Principality of Monaco, the official site of the Government of Monaco.

royal Prince's Palace-Monaco
Official Web Site of the Princely Palace.

Consulate General of Monaco in New York

Interactive Map of Monaco
Monaco Map
Political Map of Monaco.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Monaco
Searchable map and satellite view Monaco.

Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.


Monaco Infos
Daily Monegasque related news (in French).
Nice Matin
Monaco's newspaper (in French).


Arts & Culture

ACM - Automobile Club de Monaco
ACM Official Web Portal.
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
The Monte-Carlo Ballet.
Casino de Monte-Carlo
The official site of the Casino Monte-Carlo.
Grimaldi-Forum Monaco
Monaco's Congress Center.
The International Festival for Digital Images.
Monte-Carlo Country Club
Monegasque Sportsmen's Country Club.
Monte Carlo Television Festival
Celebrating the creative arts.
Musée Naval de Monaco
Naval Museum Monaco (in French).
Musée Océanographique de Monaco
The Oceanographic Museum (in French).
Opéra de Monte-Carlo
The Opera of Monte-Carlo (in French).
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
The Philharmonic Orchesta of Monaco (in French).
 World Music Awards
Tribute to the very best in contemporary music from around the globe.

Automobile Club de Monaco
Monaco Yacht Show
Boats, fashionable boats, very fashionable boats.
Yacht Club de Monaco
More very fashionable boats.


Business & Economy

Banque et Finance à Monaco Monte-Carlo
Extensive list of Banks and Financial Institutions of Monaco.

Chambre de Developpement Economique
Chamber of Economic Development.
Jeune Chambre Economique
Monaco Junior Chamber of Commerce (in French).
World Trade Center Monaco
Organisation supporting international business trade.

Monaco Products
La Manufacture de Monaco
Repossi Joaillerie
Haute Joaillerie.

Nice International Airport
13.7 miles away from Monaco.
L'Aeroport de Cannes Mandelieu
Information on Cannes' airport.

Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco

La nouvelle gare de Monaco
Monaco's new railway station.

Destination Monaco - Travel and Tour Guides

Monaco Tourist Authority
The Monaco Tourist Authority site with a list of Monaco events (French/English).
Monaco Government Tourist Office New York

Comité Régional Du Tourisme Riviera Côte d'Azur
The French Riviera Côte d'Azur Regional Tourist Board.

Monaco Online
MONACO Online is a privately funded service and is not directly connected to the Government of Monaco.
Monte-Carlo Online
Discover the many facets of the Principality of Monaco
Palais de Monaco - Prince's Palace
Tiny site for Grands appartements (in French).

__Hotels - all of them have some more stars
Société de Bains de Mer
Here you can book all the Grand Hotels of Monaco.

Le Métropole Palace Hôtel

Monte Carlo Grand Hotel

More Hotels
Hotels in Monaco
Find your Hotel in Monaco.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


International University of Monaco
IUM is an independent educationial institution located in the Principality of Monaco, founded in 1986; the English-language university offering degrees in business.

Environment & Nature

Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area
Jardin exotique de Monaco
The Exotic Garden of Monaco
The RAMOGE Agreement signed by the Governments of France, Monaco and Italy to ensure the preventing and combating pollution of the marine environment.


Monaco's history
A brief history of Monaco.
Genealogical Tree of Grimaldi Family Reign
700 years of the Grimaldi Family.
History of Monaco
The History of Monaco Monte-Carlo and the Grimaldi Family.


Internet portal for Monaco. (in French)
Monaco related portal.

Additional Information on Monaco

BBC News Country Profile: Monaco
Governments on the WWW: Monaco
Open Directory Project: Monaco
Wikipedia: Monaco
The World Factbook -- Monaco

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