Nice is France's fifth largest city. The city has a population of about 346,000. People are friendly, the atmosphere is cheerful and there are things to do all year round. 47% of the total population of Nice is French while 16% are of Monegasque origin. 16% are of Italian origin and 21% are of other nationalities. Apart from being a tourist hub, Nice has also become a center for research in industry, science and advanced technology.