• Officially: Principality of Monaco
  • Capital: Monaco

Facts

  • Population: 37,000
  • Language: French
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 83 years (women)
  • Currency: euro

Geography

  • Area: 1.95 sq km (0.75 sq mile)
    • Monaco is the second smallest independent state in the world after Vatican
    • Six times the size of the Vatican
  • Located on the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by France

Notes

  • It is not a member of either the European Union or the European Economic Area
    • but maintains an open border and customs union with France and the other Schengen states.
  • It’s the world’s most densely populated country
  • The smallest country with a coastline
  • Monaco is ruled by a descendant of the Grimaldi family, which is the oldest ruling house in Europe.
  • Native Monaco nationals are known as Monegasque
  • The national flag of Monaco is the same as the flag of Indonesia, two horizontal red and white stripes, just different in width.

Tourism

  • Monaco has an opened their borders with, but is not members of, the Schengen area visa free zone.
  • Location of the most famous of the Formula 1 races (Monaco Grand Prix) on the Circuit de Monaco.
  • The country is well developed relying mostly on its casinos and tourism.

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