Sand Origin

Plage du Larvotto

Random Sand Fact

Imported sand has increased Monaco’s area.

As the world’s second smallest country, land area has always been a critical factor. The nation has found a method of creating more land for itself. By adding sand.

Monaco is a popular immigration destination for expats from all over the world. With a growing population, space is scarce. Limited domestic resources, in combination with ingenuity, gave rise to the idea of transforming sea terrain into usable land, partly through sand filling. As a result, Monaco’s surface has significantly expanded. Around 20% of today’s territory has been gained through land reclamation.

Does this challenge the proverb “Building on sand invites the collapse of dreams”?

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