The Maltese Archipelago consists of Malta (the main island), Gozo, Comino and the uninhabited islet of Filfla.The islands are located right at the centre of the Mediterranean sea, south of Sicily.
How big is Malta?
Just 316 sq km
401,880 (2007 estimate). Although this number may look small, due to its tiny size, the island of Malta is quite densely populated.
Valletta is the capital of Malta.
A city built by gentlemen for gentlemen. Valletta was built by the Knights of Malta and is perhaps Malta’s greatest treasure. Impressive fortifications surround the city to this day. Choc-a-bloc with intriguing narrow streets, churches, palaces, museums, restaurants and baroque buildings, you will be amazed at the countless fantastic sights that you will discover while casually walking around in Valletta.
It is for good reason that this magnificent city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has played a crucial role in the long and illustrious Malta history.
Low hills with terraced fields all across the islands. There are no mountains or rivers. Coastline consists mainly of harbours, bays, cliffs, sandy and rocky beaches.
The flag of Malta is a simple red and white flag with the George Cross in the top left hand corner.
Head of State
President George Abela
Head of Government
Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi
Maltese and English are the official languages. Italian is also widely spoken.
91% Roman Catholic.
There are over 350 churches on the Maltese islands. Many were built in the seventeenth century, making them sights to behold even for non-believers. With their bell towers and domes, the churches are an integral part of the Maltese skyline.
240 volts AC, 50Hz.
In 2008, the Euro became the Malta currency, following the island’s accession in the E.U. in 2004.
Banks in Malta
There are many banks in Malta and Gozo. Many of the larger banks have various branches scattered all across the Maltese Islands.
Public Holidays – 2012
1st January – New Year’s Day
10th February – Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck
19th March – Feast of St. Joseph
31st March* – Freedom Day
10th April – Good Friday
1st May – Workers’ Day
7th June* – Sette Giugno
29th June – Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul
15th August – Feast of the Assumption
8th September* – Feast of Our Lady of Victories
21st September* – Independence Day
8th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
13th December* – Republic Day
25th December – Christmas Day
Maltese National Symbols
The two main symbols that are synonymous with Malta and its people are the Maltese Cross and the Maltese boat (Luzzu). The Maltese cross was used by the Knights of Malta.