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Monaco Travelling Guide
Monaco Travelling Guide

General background: 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.

Area comparative: About three times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Climate: Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers

Terrain: Hilly, rugged, rocky

Population: 31,987 (July 2002 est.)

Ethnic groups: French 47%, Monegasque 16%, Italian 16%, other 21%

Religions: Roman Catholic 90%

Language: French (official), English, Italian, Monegasque

Government type: Constitutional monarchy

Capital: Monaco

Legal system: Based on French law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.

Economic overview: Monaco, situated on the French Mediterranean coast, is a popular resort, attracting tourists to its casino and pleasant climate. In 2001, a major new construction project will extend the pier used by cruise ships in the main harbour. The Principality has successfully sought to diversify into services and small, high-value-added, non-polluting 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.

Communication/Telephone system: Modern automatic telephone system.

Places of interest: Playground of the rich and famous.

Travel tips: Bring loads of money to survive.