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Saturday, July 21, 2012

MONACO - the 174th Country Visitor to My Blog.

the Monaco flag
A visitor from MONACO visited my Blog today. Thank you, whoever you are..
Let's go into detail about this small country.

GEOGRAPHY:
Monaco is a tiny, hilly wedge driven into the French Mediterranean coast; it is 9 mi east of Nice, France.

GOVERNMENT:
Constitutional monarchy.

HISTORY:
The Phoenicians, and after them the Greeks, had a temple on the Monacan headland honoring Hercules. The principality took its name from Monoikos, the Greek surname for this mythological hero. After being independent for 800 years, Monaco was annexed to France in 1793 and placed under Sardinia's protection in 1815. By the Franco-Monegasque treaty of 1861, Monaco went under French guardianship but continued to be independent. A treaty made with France in 1918 contained a clause providing that, in the event that the male Grimaldi dynasty should die out, Monaco would become an autonomous state under French protection.
Monaco has a tourist business that attracts as many as 1.5 million visitors a year and is famous for its beaches and casinos, especially world-famous Monte Carlo. It had gaming tables as early as 1856.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
Ruler: Prince Albert II (2005)
Minister of State: Michel Roger (2010)
Total area: 0.8 sq mi (2.0 sq km)
Population (2010 est.): 30,586 (growth rate: –0.1%); birth rate: 7.0/1000; infant mortality rate: 1.78/1000; life expectancy: 89.78; density per sq km: 16,398
Capital: Monaco, 1,400
Largest city: Monte Carlo, 15,400
Monetary unit: Euro
National name: Principauté de Monaco
Languages: French (official), English, Italian, Monégasque
Ethnicity/race: French 47%, Monegasque 16%, Italian 16%, other 21%
Religion: Roman Catholic 90%
National Holiday: National Day (Saint Rainier's Day), November 19
Literacy rate: 99% (2003 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2006 est.): $976.3 million; note: Monaco does not publish national income figures; the estimates are extremely rough; per capita $30,000.  
Real growth rate: 0.9%. 
Inflation: 1.9%.  
Unemployment: 0% (2005).  
Arable land: 0%.  
Agriculture: none.  
Labor force: 44,000; note: includes workers from all foreign countries (2005 est.).  
Natural resources: none.  
Industries: tourism, construction, small-scale industrial and consumer products.  
Exports: $716.3 million (2005); note: full customs integration with France, which collects and rebates Monegasque trade duties; also participates in EU market system through customs union with France. Imports: $916.1 million (2005); note: full customs integration with France, which collects and rebates Monegasque trade duties; also participates in EU.
Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 34,000 (2005); mobile cellular: 17,200 (2005).  
Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM n.a., shortwave 8 (1998).  
Radios: 34,000 (1997).  
Television broadcast stations: 5 (1998).  
Televisions: 25,000 (1997).  
Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 14,520 (2007).  
Internet users: 20,000 (2006).
Transportation: Railways: total: 1.7 km.  
Highways: total: 50 km; paved: 50 km; unpaved: 0 km (1999 est.).  
Ports and harbors: Monaco.  
Airports: linked to airport in Nice, France, by helicopter service.
Photos:
location of Monaco
Monaco 1
 Monaco 2
 Monte Carlo (Monaco 3)
Monaco 4
Monaco 5
Monaco 6
Monaco 7
Monaco 8
Monaco 9
Monaco 10
Monaco 11
Monaco 12
Going to Monaco, anyone?
Have a nice day....

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