Monaco’s overall crime rate fell sharply in 2017 from 2016, but within the overall figures are some notable exceptions.
According to the annual crime figures released on Tuesday, January 16, the number of enquiries into money laundering increased over the 12 months to a total of 188, compared to 127 in 2016, an increase of almost 50 percent.
The number of enquiries launched by SICCFIN, the body that investigates money laundering and other major financial crimes increased from 220 in 2016 to 293 in 2017. Meanwhile, the number of thefts through the criminal use of bank cards fell from 25 in the previous year to just eight in 2017.
The only other area in which there was a major jump in delinquency was possession of drugs, which went from 64 cases in 2016 to 121 in 2017. Drug dealing cases remained more or less stable, with five enquiries in 2017 compared to six in 2016.
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Racing car enthusiasts have until the end of January to view the exceptional Bugatti Chiron, currently displayed at the Prince’s car museum.
The car is named after Monaco motor racing driver Louis Chiron, winner of the 1931 Monaco Grand Prix on a Type 51 Bugatti.
The latest model is a 1,500 horsepower car that claims to be the most powerful, most luxurious and fastest production car in the world (max speed 460 km/h). Equipped with a 16-cylinder engine in W, it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds. It will be produced in a series of just 500 copies, with a price tag in the region of €2.4 million.
The three-month Bugatti car show began will end on March 10 at the Prince of Monaco Car Collection.
Meanwhile, the Monaco Post Office is issuing stamps featuring the Lotus 49, driven by Jim Clark to win the Monaco Grand Prix in 1967. Also featured will be a stamp commemorating the Mercedes-Benz W196, driven by Stirling Moss and Fangio, who was crowned world champion in F1 in 1954 and 1955. The stamps go on sale on February 19.
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Almost twice as many births took place in Monaco in 2017 as the number of deaths, with 958 births and 490 deaths recorded. Two hundred and fifty-eight births were to Monaco residents, and 700 to non-residents.
The Monaco City Council said that the favourite names for girls were Victoria, Alice, Léa, Sofia, Emma and Giulia, and for boys: Nolan, Ethan, Lucas, Hugo, Lorenzo and Raphael.
A total of 206 weddings were celebrated in the Principality in 2017, compared to 193 in 2016. Concerning the marriage of persons of Monegasque nationality, four marriages united two people of Monegasque nationality, 38 Monegasque men married a foreign woman, and 47 Monegasque women chose a foreign spouse.
The number of divorces fell from 89 in 2016 to 69 in 2017.
Saturday 1 July at 6.30 p.m., Hôtel Fairmont Monte Carlo - Terrasses du Soleil:
Grand Celebration of the Canadian National Day for Monegasque nationals and residents (entertainment, music, barbecue, etc.)
Further information: +377 93 50 45 82