Hemmed in by France on three sides and facing the Mediterranean, tiny Monaco staunchly maintains its independence. As almost everybody in the world knows by now, the Monégasques do not pay taxes. Nearly all their country's revenue comes from tourism and gambling.
On the Mediterranean Sea, tucked into the Maritimes Alps, only minutes from Nice International Airport and the French and Italian Rivieras.
0.76 square miles
32,020 (6,089 Mon¨¦gasque citizens)19% Mon¨¦gasque, 32% French, 20% Italian
Constitutional monarchy led by H.S.H. Prince Albert II
French; English and Italian are widely spoken
95% Roman Catholic
Light manufacturing, banking and financial services, shipping and trade.
Research and development in biotechnology and marine environments .Tourism.
POINTS OF INTEREST:
Princess Grace Rose Garden
St. Devote Chapel
Salle Garnier Opera House
International Circus Festival (January)
Monte-Carlo Television Festival (February)
World Music Awards (March)
Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival (April-May)
Monte-Carlo International Tennis Championships (April)
Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix (May)
Laureus World Sports Awards (May)
International Fireworks Festival (July-August)
Red Cross Ball (August)
Monaco Yacht Show (September)
Monaco National Holiday Festivities (November)
Monaco Dance Forum (December-Every two years)
Opera, ballet and concerts (All year round)