Useful country information
Total area: 124 sq mi (321 sq km)
Population (2022 est.): 516,869
Capital (2022 est.): Valletta, 422,000
Valletta: Capital City Profile
Monetary unit: Euro
National name: Repubblika ta' Malta
Languages: Maltese (official) 90.1%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.9% (2005 est.)
Ethnicity/race: 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.)
National Holiday: Independence Day, September 21
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Malta is a popular tourist destination and known for its warm climate and breathtaking landscapes that serve as locations for major film productions.
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 always strategically significant for the domination of the Mediterranean. Malta became an EU member in May 2004.
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