This unique book examines the history, culture, and inner workings of the seven smallest independent countries in Europe. These are among the oldest states on the continent and, despite their diversity, they have much in common. Most have relatively high per capita incomes and life expectancies, and relatively low unemployment. This narrative presents the unique issues that confront small countries, including maintaining their independence, economic viability, preserving their native languages, and sustaining their governments. The second part of the book describes each microstate in turn, showing how each one has met these challenges and adapted over time. These concise and engaging chapters contain cultural information on subjects including the arts, gastronomy, and popular tourist sites.
Most travellers want to have fun and feel relaxed from the moment they arrive at their holiday destination – that’s what Marco Polo Guides are all about. This new series will appeal to all types of travellers, including those who haven’t bought a travel guide in the past! Marco Polo’s unique “insider tips” are peppered throughout the guide – offering a real insight into the destination. Includes special tips for when it rains, things to do for free, chill out & relax. Where to start – tells the reader the ideal starting point to explore the city / destination, how to get there: by car or public transport, where to park the car… and much more! The perfect day / perfect route – the best way to get to know a destination for those with limited time. A fully indexed street atlas AND a pull-out map. Links, blogs, apps and more… easy access to up-to-date information online. Practical information on shopping, food & drink and much more – plus a phrasebook section.