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Monaco and Prince Albert II

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, April 27, 2014 at 13:59:59 :: Monaco

Monte-Carlo CasinoMonaco has been governed under a constitutional monarchy since 1911, with the Sovereign Prince of Monaco as monarch. The executive branch consists of a Minister of State (the head of government), who presides over a five-member Council of Government.

The current Prince of Monaco is Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi (born 14 March 1958), also known as Albert II.

Albert II is the head of the House of Grimaldi and the ruler of the Principality of Monaco. He is the son of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and the American actress Grace Kelly. His sisters are Hereditary Princess Caroline and Princess Stéphanie of Monaco.

In July 2011, Prince Albert married Charlene Lynette Wittstock, now Princess Charlene. Prince Albert is one of the wealthiest Royals in the World, valued at more than $1 billion. This includes vast amounts of land both in Monaco and France, and which does not include the Prince's Palace but does include Société des bains de mer de Monaco. His wealth does not include that of other members of the House of Grimaldi, which are valued altogether at over $2.5 billion (as of 2010).

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What is the difference between Monaco and Monte-Carlo?

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Simon Laroche
, September 19, 2010 at 11:46:38 :: Monaco

Monaco (see this post) is the name of the country, while Monte-Carlo is a district within Monaco.


More specifically, Monte Carlo (French: Monte-Carlo, Occitan: Montcarles, Monégasque: Monte-Carlu) is one of Monaco's administrative areas. The official capital is the city of Monaco, which is coterminous with the country itself.

Monte Carlo is widely known for its casino. The permanent population is about 3,000 (the total population of Monaco is around 33,000). Monte Carlo quarter includes not only Monte Carlo proper where the Le Grand Casino is located, it also includes the neighbourhoods of Saint-Michel, Saint-Roman/Tenao, and the beach community of Larvotto. It borders the French town of Beausoleil (sometimes referred to as Monte-Carlo-Supérieur).


Founded in 1866, Monte Carlo has a name of Italian origin meaning "Mount Charles". Named in compliment to the prince then reigning, Charles III of Monaco. The specific mountain is the escarpment at the foot of the Maritime Alps on which the town stands.

Monte Carlo is home to most of the Circuit de Monaco, on which the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix takes place.

Monte-Carlo casino

Monte Carlo is one of Europe's leading tourist resorts, although many of the key tourist destinations are located in other parts of Monaco, including such attractions as Monaco Cathedral, the Napoleon Museum, the Oceanographic Museum and aquarium, and the Prince's Palace, all of which are located in Monaco-Ville.

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 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 05, 2010 at 14:02:29 :: Monaco

Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco (French: Principauté de Monaco; Monégasque: Principatu de Múnegu; Italian: Principato di Monaco; Occitan: Principat de Mónegue), is a small sovereign city-state located in South Western Europe on the northern central coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded on three sides by its neighbour, France, and its centre is about 16 km (9.9 mi) from Italy. Its area is 2.02 km2 (0.78 sq mi) with an estimated population of almost 33,000.

Le palais de Monaco situé en haut du rocher de Monaco, surplombant la mer méditerranée; résidence officielle des princes de la Principauté de Monaco depuis 1297

Monaco is the name of the country and its capital (and only) city. It is famous as a tax haven, and wealthy foreigners make up the majority of the population at approximately 84%.

Monaco is a constitutional monarchy and principality, with Prince Albert II as head of state. The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since 1297, and the state's sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861. Despite Monaco being independent, its national defense is the responsibility of France.

FAQ about Monaco (source:

- How large is Monaco?
Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, after Vatican City. Three miles long by one-half miles wide (about the size of New York's Central Park).

- What is the difference between Monaco and Monte-Carlo?
Monaco is the name of the country, while Monte-Carlo is a district within Monaco.

- What type of government does the Principality have?
Monaco is a constitutional monarchy ruled by Prince Albert II. One commune - Monaco - is divided into four areas: Monaco-Ville, the old fortified city on the Rock which includes the Prince's Palace, Cathedral and Oceanographic Museum; the Condamine, or port quarter; Monte-Carlo, the business and recreation district; and Fontvieille, a man-made waterfront area for recreation and light industry.

- What type of visa do I need to enter Monaco?
Any person of foreign nationality who wishes to enter Monégasque territory and stay there for a period not exceeding three months must have the document (passport, travel or identity document) required for entry into French territory.

- What is the weather like?
Monaco's climate is ideal throughout the year. It enjoys mild winters, with 48 degrees minimum, and pleasantly warm summers with July and August temperatures hovering around 78 degrees. On average, the Principality enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year.

View of the principality of Monaco: Monte Carlo (Monégasque: Monte-Carlu), Monaco's administrative areas

- What language is spoken there?
French is the Principality`s first language, but some natives speak the ancient Monegasque. English and Italian are also widely spoken.

- What is the population?
Monaco has 32,020 (6,089 Monégasque citizens) 19% Monégasque, 32% French, 20% Italian.

- What is the local currency?
The legal tender in Monaco is the Euro €.

- Where is the nearest airport?
Cote d'Azur International Airport in Nice, France is 15 miles away from Monaco.

- Where can I get tickets for the Grand Prix?
The Automobile Club of Monaco organizes the race each year. There are more than 3,000 seats available for sale on the circuit. To order tickets or to receive information regarding ticket ordering, please contact the Automobile Club of Monaco directly.

- Where is Princess Grace buried?
Princess Grace is buried in the Monaco Cathedral, which is situated in Monaco-Ville, the old town.

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