Monaco is small nation in Western Europe. It is officially the Principality of Monaco, a sovereign city-state, located on the French Riviera. It is a mere 499 acres. This small country surrounded by France and the waters of the French Riviera is ruled by His Serene Highness, Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco. Recently married, His Serene Highness and his wife, Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco are expecting their first child and the future heir to the Monegasque throne.
Monaco is a luxury vacation destination. It is famous for casinos, yachting, and Formula One racing. Many of the things which draw people to Monaco were first brought to international attention when the country was led by the father and mother of His Serene Highness. His Serene Highness, Prince Rainier III, married beautiful American actress Grace Kelly, making her, Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco. Prince Rainier III ruled Monaco for fifty-six years, making his one of the longest reigns of a monarch in the world.
This tiny country, second smallest in the world after Vatican City, is well-identified by its pink royal palace. This spectacular palace was built in 1191. The pink palace is home to the reigning royals, the Grimaldi family. The Grimaldi family are the oldest ruling house in all of Europe. The palace is famous for its gardens and it views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Most of the people living in Monaco are wealthy foreigners, They are not referred to as Monegasque as the native citizens of the country.
The population of Monaco is 37,579. The official language of Monaco is French. The flag is a thick band of red above a thick band of white.
The literacy rate of Monaco is 99%! If you can afford a trip to Monaco, it is surely a trip you will not soon forget. Although the risk of violence in Monaco is minimal, American travelers should always remain vigilant when traveling abroad.