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The Circle of Life in Monaco

The Mairie de Monaco has released its 2017 statistics on the number of births, deaths, marriages and divorces in the principality… And it was an overwhelmingly happy year! The birth rate outweighs that of mortality by almost 2 to 1 and there were more than double the number of marriages than divorces, including four marriages between exclusively Monegasque citizens.

Of the nearly 1,000 babies born in Monaco last year, 258 were born to parents resident in the principality. Stock photo/copyright Dakota Corbin

Last year, 958 births were registered in Monaco compared to 938 the previous year. 498 of newborns were young boys and 460 were little girls. The parents of 700 babies born during 2017 are non-residents (although almost 500 have parents hailing from the principality’s immediately neighbouring French towns, such as Beausoleil, Cap d’Ail and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin).

Among the girls born, the most popular baby names given were: Victoria, Alice, Léa, Sofia, Emma and Giulia. For baby boys: Nolan, Ethan, Lucas, Hugo, Lorenzo and Raphaël.

A total of 490 deaths were recorded: 242 men and 248 women.

While 69 divorces took place within the principality – down from 89 in 2016 – a happy 206 marriages were celebrated! Among these, four marriages involved exclusively Monegasques couples, 38 Monegasque men married wives of a different nationality and 47 Monegasque women wedded foreign husbands.