Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Malta
  • Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814
  • Gained independence in 1964
  • Since the mid 1980s, the island nation has transformed itself into a freight transhipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination
  • Malta became a EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008
  • Malta is one of the most densely populated countries worldwide
  • Throughout history, Malta’s location has given it great strategic importance, and a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, French, and British ruled the islands
  • Malta covers just over 122 sq. miles, making it one of the world’s smallest states
  • Malta was admitted to the United Nations in 1964, and to the EU in 2004
  • According to the Acts of Apostles in the Bible, St. Paul was ship wrecked on the then named “Melite”.
  • Catholicism is the official religion as declared by the Maltese constitution
  • Malta is home to the Megalithic Temples, which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world
  • Climate: Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers
  • Ethnic groups: Maltese
  • Languages: Maltese (official), 90.2%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 98%
  • Population: 409,836
  • Major cities: Valletta (capital) 199,000
  • Literacy rate: 92.8%
  • GDP per capita: $21,028
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com


Government in Power

Parliamentary Republic

  • President: George Abela
  • Prime Minister: Lawrence Gonzi
  • Speaker of the House: Michael Frendo

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