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Monaco: European City State and Tax Haven

After enjoying independence for 800 years, France annexed Monaco in 1793 but shortly after, in 1815 Monaco was placed under Sardinia's protection. By Franco-Monegasque treaty of 1861, Monaco went under French guardianship but as an independent state. 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. Prince Rainier III succeeded his grandfather Louis II after his death in 1949. On April 6, 2005, Prince Rainier the Europe's longest-reigning monarch died and Prince Albert II became the Monarch of Monaco.

Monaco Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures
    · National Name: Principality of Monaco
    · Capital: Monaco
    · Total area: 1.95 sq km (0.75 sq mile)
    · Population: 32,000 (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Euro
    · Languages: French (official), English, Italian, Monegasque
    · Ethnicity/ Races: French 47%, Monegasque 16%, Italian 16%, other 21%
    · Religion: Roman Catholic 90%, other 10%
    · GDP (Per Capita): $30,000 (2006 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 76.14 years, Female: 83.97 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 99%, Female: 99% (2003 est.)

Geographical Information on Monaco:
France borders Monaco to the north, west, and south and the Mediterranean Sea from the east.
Monaco has a mild climate throughout the year, the hottest season is from July to August. And the coolest months are from January to February. Rain mostly falls during the winter seasons.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Monaco:
The co-existence of various ethnic groups from French, Italian and Monegasque makes the Monaco culture quite vibrant and cosmopolitan. The followings of Roman Catholic faith predominates the practices and followings of people living in Monaco. The Church plays a key role in shaping Monaco culture. Some aspects of Monaco beliefs and practices derived from the ethnic tribal that where living in the country. Marriage is considered to be an important part of the Monaco culture and is held on basis of the traditions of Roman Catholics

The small country Monaco is known for its lip smacking delicacies. The cuisine of Monaco is highly influenced from the neighbouring countries of France and Italy. Fish and seafood are the key components of Monaco cuisine. One of the most common fishes is Cod that is served on special occasions, such as Christmas dinner with fritters and old wines. French delicacies in the Monaco cuisine, combinations of delicate sweet tastes with sour flavors, the Italian pastas, various kinds of fish dishes with lime and other ingredients heighten the taste of Monaca foods.

Economy of Monaco:
The economy of Monaco largely based on tourism, ceramics, construction, cosmetics, chemicals, precision instruments, food products and plastics industries. Fish and fish products are main exports of Monaco. The prime contributor of Monaco economy is the tourism sector. The cruise ships also contribute to Monaco economy. While the income from the casinos is the minor contributor to the Monaco national income.

Tourist Attraction of Monaco:
The vibrant culture along with world-class tourists facilities attracts tourists from the world. Beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coast is a popular holiday choice while the Côte d'Azur gives a captivating mixture of natural beauty, artificial glamour, and azure sea.

Prince's Palace: is the magnificent palace that is known for its architectural supremacy and finest example of interior decoration. It is a place that was built during the 13th century and also the official residence of the Prince of Monaco and his family.
Napoleon Museum: is the best place that unfolds some of the hidden aspects of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The collection of the museum include documents relating to the first Empire, personal belongings of Napoleon Bonaparte and some religious articles brought from Sainte Helene

Major Sight-seeing Places in Monaco include:
    · Fort Antoine Theater
    · Saint Nicholas Cathedral
    · Monte Carlo
    · Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium
    · Saint-Martin Gardens

Tulisa tops FHM's 100 sexiest women list

May 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

London, May 2 (ANI): Tulisa Contostavlos has beaten off competition from Cheryl Cole and Rihanna to be named 'FHM' magazine's sexiest woman in the world.

David Cameron's heartbroken ex becomes nun named Sister John Mary

April 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

London, Apr 29 (ANI): David Cameron's heartbroken former lover, a glamorous blonde who worked in London at Conservative Party HQ with her ambitious young boyfriend, has become a nun called Sister John Mary, it has been revealed.

Facts about France

April 22, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) Here are key facts on France, where voting in the first round of the 2012 French presidential election took place Sunday.

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Paes-Stepanek crash out of Monaco Masters

April 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Monaco, April 21 (IANS) India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek bowed out of the ATP Monaco Masters after a straight-sets loss to top seeds Bryan brothers of the US, Mike and Bob, in the quarter finals.

Isinbayeva targets last Olympic gold before retirement

April 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Paris, April 18 (IANS) Russian pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva has said the only thing that can stop her winning a third straight Olympic gold medal in London this summer is herself.

Argentina book place in Davis Cup semifinals

April 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Buenos Aires, April 9 (IANS) Four-time Davis Cup runners-up Argentina have entered the semifinals of the 2012 edition, beating Croatia 4-1 at home.

Kidman to play Grace Kelly?

April 7, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Los Angeles, April 7 (IANS) Actress Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly in a new biopic.

Nicole Kidman in talks to play Grace Kelly for new biopic

April 7, 2012 at 1:22 PM

London, Apr 7 (ANI): Nicole Kidman is reportedly being courted to play the role of actress Grace Kelly, who gave up her successful Hollywood career when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, at the age of 26.

Djokovic cruises past Ferrer in Miami

March 30, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Miami (Florida), March 30 (IANS) World No.1 Novak Djokovic set up a semi-final clash with Juan Monaco after defeating fifth seed David Ferrer in the quarters of the Sony Ericsson Open.

Senna's F1 car expected to fetch 750,000 pounds at auction

March 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM

London, Mar 28(ANI): Legendary Formula One driver Ayrton Senna's Toleman car, which he raced during his debut season in 1984 is expected to fetch 750,000 pounds at a Silverstone auction on May 16.

Djokovic to face Ferrer in Sony Ericsson Open quarters

March 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Miami (Florida), March 28 (IANS) World No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the Sony Ericsson Open, Miami 2012, tennis quarterfinals defeating 17th seed Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 40 minutes.

Roddick stuns Federer in three-set thriller in Miami

March 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Miami (Florida), March 27 (IANS) American Andy Roddick stunned third-seeded and World No.3 Roger Federer 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-4 in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open, Miami 2012, tennis tournament.

Lewis Hamilton blames partying for poor performance last season

March 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

London, Mar 11 (ANI): Lewis Hamilton has admitted that his late night partying last year had wrecked his performance and says that he has learned from his mistakes.

Lewis Hamilton blames partying for poor performance last season

March 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM

London, Mar 11 (ANI): Lewis Hamilton has admitted that his late night partying last year had wrecked his performance and says that he has learned from his mistakes.

Lewis Hamilton ready to roll with girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger on his side

March 10, 2012 at 9:24 PM

London, Mar 10 (ANI): Lewis Hamilton is all set for heading into the F1 season with a new luxury pad in Monaco and a stunning girlfriend.

Charlotte Casiraghi named new face of Gucci

March 4, 2012 at 9:57 PM

London, Mar 4 (ANI): Equestrian Charlotte Casiraghi, who wore exclusively designed riding gear by Gucci for two years in competitions, including the 2011 Global Champions tour, has become the new face of the brand.

Charlotte Casiraghi named new face of Gucci

March 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

London, Mar 4 (ANI): Equestrian Charlotte Casiraghi, who wore exclusively designed riding gear by Gucci for two years in competitions, including the 2011 Global Champions tour, has become the new face of the brand.

Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger on romantic holiday in Monaco

February 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

London, Feb 20 (ANI): Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a romantic break with former girlfriend icole Scherzinger in Monaco, sparking rumours that they are back together.

Spurs coach Redknapp faces trial in court for shunning taxes

January 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

London, Jan 24(ANI): Tottenham Hotspurs manager Harry Redknapp is currently facing trial in a tax evasion case in a Southwark Crown Court.

Spurs coach Redknapp faces trial in court for shunning taxes

January 24, 2012 at 3:11 PM

London, Jan 24(ANI): Tottenham Hotspurs manager Harry Redknapp is currently facing trial in a tax evasion case in a Southwark Crown Court.

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