Monaco

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MONACO is a tiny principality situated on the French Riviera. It com­prises a rocky peninsula and a narrow stretch of coast with a coastline of just over two miles. It has mild, moist winters and hot, dry summers.

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Monaco’s ancient fortified town is situated on a rocky promontory and houses the royal palace and the cathedral. The Monte Carlo district has its world-famous casino, and La Condamine has thriving businesses, shops, banks, and attractive residential areas. Fontvieille is an area reclaimed from the sea where marinas and light industry are now locat­ed.

Light industry includes chemicals, plastics, electronics, engineering, and paper, but tourism is the primary revenue earner. The sale of stamps and tobacco, and the insurance and banking industries also contribute to the economy. Well-known annual events, such as the Monte Carlo Rally and Monaco Grand Prix, are held in the principality.

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There is little geographic variation in this tiny country. Still, it is often divided into four regions based on economic activities: Monte Carlo is the northern entertainment district and the famous casino site. La Condamine is the business district on the western side of the country’s central bay. South of the bay, Monaco- Ville, the historic old city and site of the principality’s lavish palace, is situated on a rocky projection about 60 meters (200 feet) above sea level. Fontvieille to the southwest is an industrial and port area that was developed on reclaimed land.

The Mediterranean Sea lies to the east and south of Monaco. Monaco’s coastline contains several cliffs as well as the Monte Carlo and Larvotto beaches in Monte Carlo. The Port of Monaco is located off the central coast, and the Port of Fontvieille is in the south; the two ports are separated by the small peninsula on which Monaco-Ville is located.

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