Military in Monaco

General

The wider defence of Monaco is provided by France. Monaco has no navy or air force, but on both a per-capita and per-area basis, the Principalityhas the largest police force (515 police officers for 32,000 people) and police presence in the world. Its police includes a specialist unit which operates patrol and surveillance boats.

The Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince (Prince’s Company of Carabiniers) is the main ceremonial unit of the military force of Monaco. It was created by Prince Honoré IV in 1817 for the protection of the Principality and the Princely family. The company numbers exactly 121 officers and men; while the NCOs and soldiers are local, the officers have generally served in the French Army. Together with the local fire service, the Carabiniers form Monaco’s total public forces. In addition to their guard duties, the company patrols the Principality’s beaches and coastal waters, as well as duties around the Palace in Monaco-Ville.

Overview

Military branches
no regular military forces; the Palace Guard performs ceremonial duties

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 6,687 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 5,376 (2008 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
males age 16-49: 191 (2008 est.)

Military
notedefence is the responsibility of France