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With a civilization that dates back thousands of years, Malta boasts some of the oldest megalithic sites in the world. Situated in the center of the Mediterranean, Malta’s islands have long served as a strategic military asset, with the islands at various times having come under control of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, and the French. Most recently a British colony (since 1814), Malta gained its independence in 1964 and declared itself a republic ten years later. While under British rule, the island staunchly supported the UK through both world wars. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination while its key industries moved toward more service-oriented activities. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.

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Malta Tourism Information…

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Malta Tourism Information…

 Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  


Comino Island The Blue Lagoon
 Gozo Ġgantija Temples
Kalkara Fort Rinella
 Mdina Old City 
Mġarr Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples
 Paola Ħal-Safliene Hypogeum
Tarxien Temples
Qrendi Ħagar Qim Temples
Mnajdra Temples
Rabat
Valletta Lascaris War Rooms
St. John’s Co-Cathedral
Upper Barrakka Gardens
Valletta Waterfront
Wied iz-Zurrieq The Blue Grotto
Żebbiegħ Skorba Temples

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Malta Country Information…

Capital:

Valletta

Largest City:

Birkirkara

Government:

Parliamentary Republic Constitutional Monarchy

Currency:

Euro (€)

Area:

Total: 316 sq km land: 316 sq km (122 sq mi) – Ranked 208th water: 0 sq km 

Climate:

Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers

Population:

415,196 (July 2016 est.)  ranked 176th

Language:

Maltese (official) 90.1%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.9% (2005 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)

Religion:

Roman Catholic (official) more than 90% (2011 est.)

Electricity:

230V, 50Hz (European plug G)

Telephone Code:

+356

Local Emergency Phone Number:

112

Internet TLD:

.mt

Time Zone:

CET (UTC+1) / Summer CEST (UTC+2) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Road Driving Side:

Right

Anthem:

L-Innu Malti “The Maltese Hymn”

Monarch:

George Vella

Prime Minister:

Roberto Abela

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Holidays and Observances in Malta in 2021

Date NameType
Jan 1FridayNew Year’s DayPublic holiday
Feb 10WednesdayFeast of Saint Paul’s ShipwreckPublic holiday
Mar 19FridayFeast of Saint JosephPublic holiday
Mar 31WednesdayFreedom DayNational holiday
Apr 2FridayGood FridayPublic holiday
Apr 4SundayEaster SundayObservance
Apr 5MondayEaster MondayObservance
Apr 5MondayBank HolidayBank holiday
May 1SaturdayLabour Day/May DayPublic holiday
Jun 7MondaySette GiugnoNational holiday
Jun 29TuesdayFeast of Saints Peter and PaulPublic holiday
Aug 15SundayThe Feast of Mary’s AssumptionPublic holiday
Sep 8WednesdayThe Feast of Our Lady of VictoriesNational holiday
Sep 21TuesdayIndependence DayNational holiday
Dec 8WednesdayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionPublic holiday
Dec 13MondayRepublic DayNational holiday
Dec 24FridayChristmas EveObservance
Dec 25SaturdayChristmas DayPublic holiday
Dec 26SundayBoxing DayObservance
Dec 31FridayNew Year’s EveObservance