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Grand Harbour Marina, Senglea, Valetta, Malta
Valletta, Malta's capital seen from the Upper Barrakka Gardens with Grand Harbour Marina in Birgu (left) and Senglea (Città Invicta) to the right.
Image: Berit Watkin

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Location map of Malta. Where in the Mediterranean is Malta
Location map of Malta
Destination Malta, a history-rich small archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the smallest countries in Europe with an area of just 316 km² (122 sq mi).

Malta, officially the Republic of Malta, consists of the main island of Malta and the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino. The island nation is located east of Tunisia, and about 100 km (60 mi) south of the island of Sicily (Italy).

Today Malta has a population of 429,000 people, it is in the Top10 of the most densely populated countries, capital city is Valletta on the island of Malta. Official languages are Maltese and English.

Republic of Malta | Repubblika ta' Malta

Country Profile

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, a financial center, and a popular tourist destination.
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related countries: United Kingdom

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-Oct-21  10:35

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 km² (122 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Coastal cliffs, rocky, low hills.

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

Nationality: Maltese
Population: 429,000 (end of 2014)
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 - commodities: machinery and mechanical appliances; mineral fuels, oils and petroleum products; pharmaceutical products; books and newspapers; aircraft/spacecraft and parts; toys, games, and sports equipment

Exports - partners: Germany 13.3%, France 10.2%, Hong Kong 7.4%, Singapore 7.3%, UK 6.4%, USA 5.8%, Italy 5.6%, Japan 4.7% (2015)

Imports - commodities: mineral fuels, oils and products; electrical machinery; aircraft/spacecraft and parts thereof; machinery and mechanical appliances; plastic and other semi-manufactured goods; vehicles and parts

Imports - partners: Italy 23%, Netherlands 8.4%, UK 7.5%, Germany 6.8%, Canada 6.1%, China 4.1%, France 4% (2015)

Currency: Maltese Lira (MTL)

Political system
Malta is a parliamentary republic, its government is modelled on the British Westminster system, with a mixed legal system of English common law and civil law (based on the Roman and Napoleonic civil codes). Head of state is the President of Malta. Head of government is the Prime Minister.

Official Sites of Malta

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

Il-President ta’ Malta
Official website of the President of Malta.

Office of the Prime Minister
Official website of Malta's head of 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.

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.

View on Valletta from Fort Manoel
View on Valletta from Fort Manoel.
Image: Myriam Thyes


iNewsMalta (L-Orrizont)
Malta daily news (in Maltese)
The Malta Independent Daily
Malta news.

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.

Malta Libraries
This site links you to the libraries of Malta.

The Museum of Fine Arts
Has a collection of paintings by Mattia Preti. (According to the website: the National Museum of Fine Arts will close permanently as from Monday the 3rd of October, 2016)

Heritage Malta
The national agency for museums, conservation practice and cultural heritage. The agency is in charge of the National Museum of Archaeology, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Palace Armoury, the Fort St Elmo - National War Museum, and many other cultural institutions.
Eye symbol on Luzzu Boat
Eye symbol on a Luzzu Boat, a traditional fishing boat from the Maltese islands.

Business & Economy

Central Bank of Malta
Malta's Central Bank

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

Malta Chamber of Commerce
Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise. Malta's official business portal.

Air Malta P.L.C.
Air Malta 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.
Birgu Festival Malta
Historic Re-enactment at Birgu Festival Malta.
© Malta Tourism Authority
Għasri, Gozo, Malta
Għasri, a village in the western part of the island of Gozo, seen from the Citadel in Victoria.
Image: Balázs Sudár

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

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.

Malta Tourism Authority
Travel and tourism information by the National Tourism Organisation.

Visit Gozo
Information about the island by the Gozo Tourism & Economic Directorate.

Viewing Malta
Internet photogallery of Malta.

The inflight magazines of Air Malta.

Malta - Marsamxett Harbour
Marsamxett Harbour

Valletta - Malta
Valletta Bastions
© DOI Malta


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.
Site about the flora of Malta.



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
©  tourism.org.mt

Sources and additional Information on Malta

Amnesty International: Malta

BBC Country Profile: Malta

The Commonwealth: Malta

FAO: Malta

GlobalEDGE: Malta

The Heritage Foundation: Malta

Human Rights Watch: Malta

OEC: Malta

Reporters Without Borders: Malta

Wikipedia: Malta

The World Factbook -- Malta
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