People in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Editorial credit: Arsenie Krasnevsky /


The Principality of Monaco is a constitutional monarchy headed by Prince Albert II. The prince appoints the government, which is responsible only to him. Legislative power is exercised jointly by the prince and the freely elected parliament. Civil liberties are generally respected.

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Freedom in the World — Monaco Country Report

Monaco is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.