MALTA

Information about travelling to Malta

Malta is located in Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)

Facts about Malta
Population403,532 (July 2008 est.)
CapitalValletta
Time zoneUTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begin
Location Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)

General info about Malta
Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814. The island staunchly supported the UK through both World Wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964. A decade later Malta became a republic. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began to use the euro as currency in 2008.
Languages spoken
Maltese (official) 90.2%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.8% (2005 census)
What about drugs?
minor transshipment point for hashish from North Africa to Western Europe
Ethnic division
Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
0.2% (2001 est.)
Climate
Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers
Resources
limestone, salt, arable land
Economy
Malta produces only about 20% of its food needs, has limited fresh water supplies, and has few domestic energy sources. Malta's geographic position beween the EU and Africa makes it a target for illegal immigration, which can strain Malta's political and economic resources. The financial services industry has grown in recent years, but is not fully modernized. Malta's economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing - especially electronics and pharmaceuticals - and tourism all of which have been negatively affected by global economic downturn. Malta adopted the euro on 1 January 2008. The Maltese government in 2009 will be challenged to contain public spending, which ballooned in 2008 to about 4.1% of GDP placing it above the euro zone's 3% general deficit maximum.
Environment
limited natural fresh water resources; increasing reliance on desalination

Cities in Malta

attard     birgu     birkirkara     bormla     dingli     fgura     floriana     gudja     gzira     isla     kalkara     kercem     kirkop     lija     luqa     marsa     marsaxlokk     mdina     mgarr     mosta     mqabba     msida     munxar     nadur     naxxar     paola     qala     qormi     qrendi     rabat     safi     san giljan     san gwann     san lawrenz     sannat     santa lucia     santa venera     siggiewi     sliema     tarxien     valletta     xewkija     zabbar     zebbug     zejtun     zurrieq    

National airlines
Air Maltaairline website



Beer in Malta (0.33l)
Mosta~ 1.9 EUR
Msida~ 1.5 EUR
Sliema~ 1.6 EUR
Sliema~ 1.6 EUR
Valletta~ 1.2 EUR

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