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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.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 401,880 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Maltese (singular and plural)

Nationality (Adjective): Maltese

Official Language(s): Maltese

Major Languages Spoken: English, Maltese

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Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Republic of Malta

Country Name (short form): Malta

Country Name (local long form): Repubblika ta' Malta

Country Name (local short form): Malta

Name of Capital: Valletta

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Malta: Tunisia, Italy

Land Area: 316 sq km

Comparative Area: slightly less than twice the size of Washington, DC

Coastline: 196.8 km

National Holiday: Independence Day, 21 September (1964)

International Phone Code: 356

Currency Code: Maltese lira (MTL)

Internet Country Code: .mt

US Embassy Location: 3rd Floor, Development House, Saint Anne Street, Floriana, VLT 01

US Embassy Mailing Address: P. O. Box 535, Valletta, CMR01

 

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