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Most Interesting Facts about Monaco

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The second smallest country in the world, Monaco borders France and the Mediterranean Sea and a principality that has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century. Monaco is one of the most iconic and mythical countries in the world, and despite being tiny, it has been able to build a reputation for itself and become not only one of the most iconic cities on the French Riviera but also a recognized country all over the world. It is the perfect destination for those who like to enjoy a beautiful scenery of the deep blue sea, graceful palm trees, and vibrant flowers. Here are some of the most interesting facts about this country:

1. Except the Vatican City State, there’s no country on the face of the planet that is as small as Monaco. Its total area is precisely 0.85 square miles. In the past, Monaco used to be even smaller. But it has been expanding land area by reclaiming land from the Mediterranean Sea.

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2. The country has the world’s highest population density per square mile. The total population of Monaco is nearly 40,000 and for a country whose total area is below one square mile, that’s a whole lot of people.

3. The National Flag of Monaco is nearly identical to that of Indonesia. The national flags of both the countries are horizontal bicolour of red and white. The only difference between the two is that the flag of Indonesia is longer.

4. Do not be surprised to learn that the native of Monaco are not allowed to gamble here and visit the casino. Monaco’s monarchy recognizes the ill-effects of commercial gambling and does not allow its citizens to gamble within the country. Although Monaco is one of the world’s premier destinations for gambling and is home to the Monte Carlo Casino, the country’s citizens are not allowed inside the casino.

Monte Carlo Casino
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5. Three of James Bond Films have been shot here in Monte-Carlo Casino. Why not? The casino is so classy that even the best of the James Bond films needed to shoot a scene or two here.

6. The country lacks any river or lake, but has the world’s shortest coastline. With France bordering three of its sides, one side is exposed to the Mediterranean Sea, forming a coastline of just 2.38 miles.

7. Monaco does not have its own major defense The country’s defense; however, is France’ responsibility.

8. Monaco does not have airports though it has heliports. One can also say that Monaco is not large enough to have airports. During the busy season, the heliports receive helicopters at an interval of every 20 minutes.

9. Fishes are the only natural resource the country has. However, the country has the world’s third-highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) nominal per capita at $115,700 (2015 est.) behind Liechtenstein and Qatar.

10. Monaco has the highest density of millionaires in Europe. It also has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita, with one billionaire for every 12,600 residents of Monaco. There is no income tax in Monaco, and therefore the country is regarded as a tax haven. Similarly, there is no corporation tax for businesses in Monaco. These factors, combined with the extremely high standard of living of the people of Monaco, attract the super-rich to the country from all corners of the globe.

11. After reading the last point, you won’t be surprised to know that this country has zero-unemployment rate. The country is also void of any poor people.

12.Monaco has the highest life expectancy (89.5 years) in the world.

How to reach?

Monaco does not have an airport of its own, and the nearest airport from the city is in Nice – the Cote-d’Azur International Airport, which is located about 30 km from the Monaco city centre. While there are direct daily flights operating from European cities like London and Paris to Monaco, travellers from India will usually be required to book a connecting flight with one or two stopovers since no direct flights operate between the two regions.

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Monte Carlo: Best known for its pleasant climate, Monte Carlo is one of the must-see Monaco attractions. As Monaco’s wealthiest district, Monte-Carlo attracts the rich and famous. No matter whether you want to get close to some of the most luxurious cars or whether you simply want to gamble at the casino, Monte Carlo offers it all. Don’t forget to visit the famous Monte Carlo Casino here!

Monte Carlo
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Monaco Ville or Le Rocher: Monaco Ville is one of the most exotic places in Monaco which is built on rocky land that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea. This is the place where you can catch a glimpse of Monaco’s rich medieval history. There are a number of hotels, restaurant and souvenir shops, as well as several of the city’s famous landmarks, including the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum and St. Martin’s Gardens.

Monaco Ville
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Jardin Exotique: If you’re interested in plants and have a green thumb, you’ll enjoy a visit to this beautiful botanical garden on a cliff in Monaco. It brings together a wide variety of plants known as ‘succulents’ in outstanding open-air surroundings and offers some of the most astonishing views of the Principality. Some of the plants are more than 100 years old. An underground cave is located at the foot of the cliff; guided tours can be arranged.

Jardin Exotique:
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Larvotto Beach: Close to the iconic Avenue Princess Grace is Larvotto Beach which is also the only public beach in the principality. The beach is surrounded with fine restaurants and bars where you can relax and enjoy the view. Spend the day lounging in the sun, sipping champagne or even indulging in some water activities like jet skiing and sea kayaking.

Larvotto Beach
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