The Principality of Monaco benefits from an uncontested image of safety, peace and quality of life. A prominent police presence ensures that physical crime is virtually unheard of and children growing up in Monaco benefit from unusual freedom in an urban context. Health statistics place Monaco at the head of OECD countries and life expectancy is amongst the highest in the world.
In Monaco, sport of all types is passionately supported: it has its own football team, a new world class yacht club, a tennis club and annual international tennis tournament, an athletics stadium and an annual Show Jumping event.
Most famously, the scent of singed tyres fills the air at May's Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, the Grand Prix drivers say they most want to win. The setting is incredible: the cars scream around the very centre of the city, racing uphill to the Place du Casino and along the harbor to the finish line.
In cultural terms too, Monaco is well-endowed. There is a renowned ballet company and philharmonic orchestra, an excellent opera company, a Spring Arts Festival, and a summer season of internationally acclaimed stars at the Summer Sporting festival.