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First circumnavigation by solar-powered boat

MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar (Switzerland) circumnavigated the world in a westward direction from Monaco in 1 year 7 months and 7 days from 27 September 2010 to 4 May 2012 on solar power only. The boat had accumulated 32,410 nautical miles (60,023 km; 37,296 miles) on its arrival in Monaco. MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar crew included founder and expedition leader Raphaël Domjan (Switzerland), engineers Christian Ochsenbein (Switzerland), bosun Jens Langwasser (Germany), captains Patrick Marchesseau and Erwan Le Rouzic (both France). Raphaël Domjan, engineer Christian Ochsenbein and bosun Continue reading →

Most densely populated country

The world’s most densely populated country is Monaco, with a population density of 15,685 people per km2 (40,624 per mile2) in 2010. The total estimated population of Monaco in 2010 was 30,586 with a total area measuring only 1.95 km2 (0.75 miles2). Monaco is a principality on the French Riviera and is perhaps most famous as a ‘playground’ for the rich and famous, with its casinos, marinas and the colourful lives of the Monaco Royal Family.

Shortest Formula One circuit

The shortest circuit by lap distance to host a Formula One World Championship race is the Circuit de Monaco, in Monte Carlo, Monaco, which has held races from 1929-2011. The course has changed in length over the years, with its shortest incarnation between 1929-1979 when it measured 1.9 miles (3.1 km).