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Two words which evoke a magical dream world. An independent sovereign state located between the foot of the Southern Alps and the Mediterranean, the Principality of Monaco borders on several French villages : La Turbie, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Cap d’Ail et Beausoleil. The official language is French, although Italian and English are widely spoken.The traditional Monegasque language, “le Monegù”, is spoken amongst elders and is taught in all local schools. The currency is Euro. Monegasque coins are used. Benefiting from an ideal geographical location, the Principality of Monaco enjoys very mild winters and remarkably sunny summers, which tend not to be exceedingly hot. In fact, the results of a 60-year study show that the average temperature is 16° C, rain falls on less than 87 days per year and the sun shines 7 hours a day on average. Sea temperatures vary from 11° C in the winter to over 26° C in the middle of summer. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, Monaco is a pleasant place to live all year round. In addition, it is worth noting that ski resorts in the Alps are only an hour’s drive away.