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MonacoThe name Monaco originates either from the Greek word monoikos, which means "single dwelling," which is a reference to a colony founded in the 500s. Or the name refers to monks, which in Italian is monaci, as the Grimaldi family took the city over with soldiers who were dressed as monks.


The culture of Monaco today is almost entirely rooted in the recent past and the gorgeous piece of land the country owns. This land has been passed from power to power over time until the late 1400s when the Grimaldi family, originally from Genoa, Italy, purchased the land. Despite the long history of rule by this family, the culture today is almost entirely dependent on modern technology and luxury.

Monaco has always held significant power and remained independent for much of its history, however today's lifestyle and culture is rooted in luxury and this only arrived with the advancement of technology and this small republic's willingness to do anything so long as the price is right.

Monaco rose to the sky literally with the help of skyscrapers and other modern technology. This allowed the enormous growth and high population density of this small state as nearly every building boasts incredible views of the Mediterranean. This beauty has attracted people from everywhere, but most people are ethnically French or Italian, both of whom have introduced aspects of their culture to Monaco. These people tend to speak their Romance languages, while introducing their foods, lifestyles, and cultures to the tiny country.

However, Monaco must still attract people to their country and this has been done in numerous ways. Of course the views are an attractions, but it's the country's willingness to go to all extremes to satisfy their guests as any service can be found, the Monte Carlo casino brings excitement, and the annual Grand Prix race in the streets of Monte Carlo and also world famous.

Today this excitement and feeling of inaccessibility continues to attract the rich and famous the world over. It also attracts those seeking out this lifestyle and those just interested in living it for a brief moment. However, the country is more than just an elitist lifestyle; many people work just as people in neighboring France and Italy do. They raise families and life is focused more on providing for their loved ones than on gambling and drinking champagne on a high-rise balcony.

The flag of Monaco has been used since 1339. The colors and simple design are those of the House of Grimaldi, the royal family that rules the country.

Name: Principality of Monaco
Independence: 1419
Capital: Monaco
Currency: Euro
Population: 30,500 (2013 estimate)
Ethnicity: French, Monegasque, Italian, & others
Language: French
Religion: Roman Catholic

Information for Monaco was last updated: March, 2014 ● View our: Sources & Special Thanks