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Principality of Monaco

Monaco


National anthem of Monaco

Hymne Monégasque

Hymne Monégasque is Monaco's national anthem.
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Map of Monaco

Map of Monaco

Basic information on Monaco

The Genoese built a fortress on the site of present-day Monaco in 1215. The current ruling Grimaldi family secured control in the late 13th century, and a principality was established in 1338. Economic development was spurred in the late 19th century with a railroad linkup to France and the opening of a casino. Since then, the principality's mild climate, splendid scenery, and gambling facilities have made Monaco world famous as a tourist and recreation center.
Location Western Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of France, near the border with Italy
Population 32,671 (July 2007 est.)
Nationality noun: Monegasque(s) or Monacan(s) adjective: Monegasque or Monacan
Flag description two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white; similar to the flag of Indonesia which is longer and the flag of Poland which is white (top) and red