In Malta, you'll explore 7000 years of history yet live passionately in the present. You'll span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the Islands' scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking. Honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.
The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible today. Delve into the Islands' mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St Paul or see where the Knights of St John defended Christendom.
But Malta is no regular museum. Here life is lived to the full, so make time for some living history and action. Visit locations where Oscar-winning blockbusters were filmed or go off the beaten track into ancient villages. Marvel at the fireworks and revelry of the summertime festas and enjoy a packed calendar of events all year round.
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Full Name: Republic of Malta
Area: 316 sq km (land: 316 sq km, water: 0 sq km)
Population: 415,196 (July 2016 est.)
Capital City: Valletta
People: Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians, with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
Language: Maltese (official) 90.1%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.9% (2005 est.)
Religion: Roman Catholic (official) more than 90% (2011 est.)
Government Type: Republic
Chief of State President Marie-Louise Coleiro PRECA (since 4 April 2014)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Joseph MUSCAT (since 11 March 2013)
GDP: $US 16.32 billion (2016 est.)
GDP per Capita: $US 37,900 (2016 est.)
Inflation: 1.3% (2016 est.)
Unemployment: 4.6% (2016 est.)
Industries: Tourism; electronics, ship building and repair, construction; food and beverages, textiles, footwear, clothing, tobacco
Currency: Euro (€ - EUR)
Member of EU: Yes