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About Malta

Discover the Maltese Islands which are situated at the center of the Mediterranean. The Maltese Islands have established themselves through various industries since joining the European Union in 2004. 

A snapshot of Malta

Malta is a republic island in the Mediterranean and has been a member of the European Union since 2004. Having formed part of the British colony, Malta has strong ties with the United Kingdom and is a Member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

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Geography

Located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea (south of Sicily), the Maltese archipelago consists of 3 main islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The distance between Malta and the nearest point in Europe (Sicily) is 93km. The distance from the nearest point on the North African mainland (Tunisia) is 288km.


Malta is the largest island of the archipelago, from which the country takes its name. Valletta, the capital city, is the cultural, administrative and commercial centre of the archipelago, and has been awarded the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2018.


The second largest island, Gozo is quite different from Malta, as it is less industrialised and remains a greener and more peaceful place.

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Facts & Figures About Malta

 

i_official_name Official Name: Republic of Malta

i_capacity Capital city: Valletta

i_location Location: Southern Europe

i_time Time: 1+ GMT

i_area Area: 316 km2

i_nationality Nationality: Maltese

i_population Population: 430,000 (est. 2015)

i_official_language Official Languages: Maltese and English

 i_principal_religion Principal Religion: Roman Catholic. Other religious denominations are also represented with places of worship 

i_european_union European Union: Member since 2004

i_currency Currency: Euro since 2008

i_schengen_area Schengen Area: part of it since 2007

i_commonwealth Commonwealth: member since 1974

i_legal_system Legal System: Common & Civil Law

i_politics Politically and economically stable

i_country 2nd safest country in the world (World Risk Report 2015)

Historical Background

Malta has a rich history spanning over 7 millenaries and has often played a crucial role due to its strategic location in the Mediterranean Sea.

Over the years, the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Spanish, the French, the Italians and the British have ruled the islands.

Mediterranean Climate

Malta’s climate is typical of the Mediterranean, with mild rainy winters and hot dry summers. The archipelago enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year, with a daily average of 6 hours’ sunshine in mid-winter, to more than 12 hours in summer.

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