The city of Monaco
Monaco is a sovereign city state on the Cote d'Azur (French Riviera). It
is surrounded on three
sides by its neighbor, France, and its centre is about 16 km from
Italy. Its area is 1.98 sq kms
with a population of 36,000 as of 2011. Monaco boasts the world's highest
GDP nominal per capita
at $215,163 and is the most densely populated country in the world. Monaco
also has the world's
top life expectancy at almost 90 years.
Gare de Monaco, underground station. All rail services are operated by
Monaco Monte Carlo station and underground passage to the city
(L) Marlboro advertisement posted in the underground passage of Monaco
(R) A signboard showing that the Monaco law prohibits smoking in the closed
public area since November 2008.
This picture was taken at the front desk of Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo.
(L) In the Beach of Monaco, rising sea wave was observed under the building
of the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel.
(M) A front view of Fairmont hotel
(R) Warm, dry summers and mild, short rainy winters reflecting a sea-side
park in Monaco
Monte Carlo Casino
(L) This shows the interior of casino room. No Monaco citizen is allowed
to join the casino games in here.
(R) Casino chips up to 5,000 Euros. Picture source: NHK broadcast on April
(L) Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo (R) Port Palace Hotel Monaco
Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo, just next to the Monte Carlo Casiono, has the
182 guest rooms
in total. Fourty rooms are non-smoking and they are located on the 1st
and 2nd floor.
In all other rooms of the hotel, a guset can smoke. Smoking rooms accounts
and the percantage to the total rooms is 78.0%.
Fairmont Hotel Monte Carlo, located directly facing the rocky beach of
Monaco, has 602 rooms.
Floors designated for smoking guest rooms are the 3rd and 6th floor. Non-smoking
are distributed in the 1st, 4th and 5th floor. Hotel provides almost same
number of guest rooms
each floor. The rate of smoking rooms is 40.0%.
Port Palace Hotel Monaco is a smoke-free hotel. They provide 50 non-smoking rooms.
Smoking Ban in Monaco
As of 1 November 2008, smoking is not allowed in enclosed or covered public
spaces and places
where food or flammable goods are stored. Designated smoking areas are
in educational institutions and places open to athletes and minors. These
designated smoking areas
may not offer any service, in an effort to prevent exposure to side-smoke
Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.
(L) Station board of Monaco (M) Souvenir shops at the narrow street of
the Old Town, Monaco.
(R) Monaco is the city, in which we can enjoy the world's lowest crime
There are 515 police officers for 35,000 people in 2 square kilometers,
Monaco has the largest police force and
police presence in the world on the per-area basis. More than 500 video
cameras are set over the city to make
surveillance of the streets. Picture source: NHK broadcast on April 23,
(L) A luxurious cruising boat (R) Visitors overlook the yacht harbor of
France, Germany and Switzerland
Paris 2011 Mont Saint-Michel Marseille Nice Monaco Lyon Strasbourg Freiburg Basel Berlin
Railway Travel in Europe 2011
Smoking restrictions in France, Germany and Switzerland
The photographs were taken in May, and the article was written in June
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD. TV scenes were added in April 2013.