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A virtual travel guide to Malta. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Maltese art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile this page contains links to sources that will provide you with in-depth information about this European island nation, e.g.: official web sites of Malta, addresses of Maltese and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Malta.

Birgu Festival Malta
Historic Re-enactment © Malta Tourism Authority

Republic of Malta | Repubblika ta' Malta

Country Profile

Malta Flag
Flag of Malta

The island-state of Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy), it consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino, of which Malta is the largest island. In its history the Maltese archipelago was strategically important for the domination of the Mediterranean. Malta became an EU member in May of 2004.

Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in the early 19th century. The island supported the UK through both World Wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964. On 13 December 1974 Malta became a republic. Over the last 15 years, the island has become a major freight transshipment point, financial center, and tourist destination.
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related countries: United Kingdom  
geographically relative close to: Italy, Libya, Tunisia
where in the Mediterranean is Malta

Official Name:
Republic of Malta
Repubblika ta' Malta
short form: Malta

ISO Country Code: mt

Time zone: Central European Time (CET)
Local Time = UTC +1h (summer +2h)
Actual Time: Mon-Dec-5  21:35

Country Calling Code: +356

Capital City: Valletta

Other Cities: Birkirkara (Malta's largest city), Mdina, Rabat

Type: Republic.
Independence: 21 September 1964 (from UK).

Location: Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, east of Tunisia, south of Sicily (Italy)
Area: 316 kmĀ² (122 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Coastal cliffs, rocky, low hills.

Climate: Mediterranean: subtropical summer, with mild, rainy winters.

Nationality: Maltese.
Population: 418,000 (2010)
Ethnic divisions: Mixture of Arab, Sicilian, Norman, Spanish, Italian, English.
Religion: Roman Catholic, 98%.
Language: Maltese and English (official).
Literacy: 93%.

Natural resources: Limestone, salt, arable land.

Agriculture products: Potatoes, cauliflower, grapes, wheat, barley, tomatoes, citrus, cut flowers, green peppers; pork, milk, poultry, eggs.

Industries: Tourism; electronics, ship building and repair, construction; food and beverages, textiles, footwear, clothing, tobacco.

Exports partners: USA 15.7%, France 15.5%, Singapore 14.5%, UK 11.2%, Germany 10.8% (2004)

Imports partners: Italy 25.4%, France 13.1%, UK 12%, Germany 8.9%, US 5.2%, Singapore 4.1% (2004)

Currency: Maltese Lira (MTL)

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Official Sites of Malta

Gvern Ta' Malta
The official website of the Maltese Government.

DOI - Department of Information - Malta
Provides the public with information on Government policies, services and activities.

Il-Ministeru ta' l-Affarijiet Barranin ta' Malta
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of Malta to the UN
Mission of Malta to the United Nations in Geneva.
Malta's Diplomatic and Consular Representation
Address list of Maltese Diplomatic Missions abroad.
Diplomatic and Consular Representation In Malta
Address list of foreign Diplomatic Missions in Malta.

National Statistics Office - NSO
Malta in figures.
NSO - Census 2005
A once-in-a-decade official measure of the number and characteristics of people living in Malta and Gozo.

Malta Weather
Weather Reports and Forecasts for Malta.


Map of Malta
Political Map of Malta.
Google Earth Google Earth Malta
Searchable map and satellite view of Malta.
Google Earth Google Earth Valletta
Searchable map and satellite view of Malta's capital.

Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.

Valletta - Malta
Valletta Bastions © DOI Malta



Malta weekly.
Malta daily news (in Maltese)
The Malta Independent Daily
Malta news.
News and Webcasting from Malta.
Malta Today
Regional News.
The Times & The Sunday Times
Up-to-date news from Malta.
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Arts & Culture

Carnival in Malta and Gozo
Celebrating Il-Karnival.

Libraries & Archives Department
Portal site to the National Library of Malta, the Malta Public Library, the Gozo Public Library and the National Archives of Malta.

The Museum of Fine Arts
Has a collection of paintings by Mattia Preti.

Eye symbol on Luzzu Boat
Eye symbol on Luzzu Boat © MTA

Business & Economy

Central Bank of Malta
Malta's Central Bank

Malta Enterprise
A government's agency focused on attracting investment and supporting enterprise in Malta.

Malta Chamber of Commerce
Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise.

Air Malta P.L.C.
Air Malta plc is the national airline of Malta, based in Luqa.

Malta International Airport
Malta's International Airport is the only airport in Malta, located near Valletta.

Malta Freeport
Malta Freeport is a major maritime transhipment logistic centre in the Mediterranean region.

Destination Malta - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover the Maltese archipelago: the islands of Malta, Gozo, Comino, Comminotto and Filfla.
Links to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, cruising, diving, tours and much more.

Visit Malta
Everything about the Maltese Islands - Malta, Gozo and Comino.
It's Malta
Travel and tourism information by the National Tourism Organisation.

 About Malta
Malta country information and directory, links and articles.
Gozo and it's Culture
Characteristics of the island.
All the pictures of Malta
Internet photogallery of Malta.
Malta This Month
The inflight magazine of Air Malta.

Malta Photo Gallery
Malta images.

Hotels in Malta
Find a Hotel in Malta.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Malta - Marsamxett Harbour
Marsamxett Harbour © DOI


Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology
Official website of MCAST.

University of Malta
The University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense in 1592.

Environment & Nature

Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment
Official website of the ministry, with a wealth of information about the aim of Malta to solve local and int'l environmental tasks.

Environmental NGO's of Malta
BirdLife Malta
Society for the protection of birds and natural habitats in Malta. Partner of BirdLife International.
Greenpeace Mediterranean
Mediterranean section of Greenpeace.
Nature Trust (Malta)
Official website of Nature Trust (Malta), an NGO for the conservation of Maltese nature by promoting environmental awareness, managing areas of natural and scientific interest, and lobbying for effective environmental legislation.

Discovering Malta's Flora and Fauna
Site with photo galleries of flora and fauna found in the Maltese Islands, created by Aron Tanti.


Malta History
Articles and index of sites related to Malta's History.
Malta Through The Ages
Information about the History of Malta by the Maltese Government.
Timeline History of Malta
Timeline of Maltese History.

The Maltese Nobility website
Site about Nobility in Maltese History.
Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem
Catholic Encyclopedia: History of the Knights of Malta.

The Temples of Malta
World Heritage Prehistoric Monuments.

The Malta National Museum of Archaeology
With its prehistoric collection.
National Archives of Malta
The archives aims to preserve the collective memory of the Maltese nation.
Megalithic temples
Megalithic temples ©

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