|Malta General Info
Area: 316 sq km (122 sq miles).
Population of Malta: 399,867 (2003)
Population of Valletta: 7173 (2002)
Population Density: 1224 sq km.
Geography: The Maltese
archipelago is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean,
with the largest inhabited island, Malta, lying
93km (58 miles) south of Sicily and 290km (180
miles) from North Africa. Gozo
and Comino are the only other inhabited islands.
The landscape of all 3 is characterised by low hills with terraced
fields. Malta has no mountains or rivers and its coastline is indented
with harbours, bays, creeks, sandy beaches and rocky coves. Gozo
is connected to Malta by ferry and is more thickly vegetated, with
many flat-topped hills and craggy cliffs. Comino,
the smallest island, is connected to Malta and Gozo by ferry and
is very sparsely populated.
Government: Republic. Malta gained
independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.
Head of State: President Fenech Adami since 2004.
Head of Government: Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi since 2004.
Language:Maltese (a Semitic language)
and English are the official languages. Italian is also widely spoken
on the Island.
Religion: 91 per cent Roman Catholic.
Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. UK-style 3-pin plug are in use.