The safest place in europe - Monaco

If safety is your number one priority in a destination, then Monaco is for you. Security for this tiny constitutional monarchy is provided by an armed national police force consisting of 515 men and women, giving it the reputation of being the "safest square mile" in Europe.

With 515 police officers for 32,000 people in a country that covers less than 2 square kilometers, Monaco has the largest police force and police presence in the world on both a per-capita and per-area basis.

Don't even think of having a go at the Royal Family - they are protected by no less than 113 Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince, armed with M-16 rifles and pistols.

There are reports, however, of counterfeit Euros being circulated amongst the MILLIONS that change hands every day in this playground for the rich and famous.

Local Laws

So as not to offend the Gucci-wearing masses - walking around barefoot, in swimwear or stripped to the waist (apart from on the beach) is not permitted. You may risk a fine.

Getting Around

Almost impossible in a private car as parking is non-existent or already taken by a celebrity's Ferrari. Use taxis instead.

Dates for your diary

Unless you are addicted to the smell of burning celluloid or the scream of an engine, you might want to time your trip not to coincide with either the Cannes Film Festival or the F1 Grand Prix which are both held in late May.

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