Place:Malta

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NameMalta
Alt namesMaltesource: Cassell's French Dictionary (1981) p 308
Maltese Islandssource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Repubblika ta'Maltasource: Britannica Book of the Year (1992) p 653; Britannica Book of the Year (1993) p 664; USBGN Bulletin, no. 19 (1999) p 1
Republic of Maltasource: Wikipedia
Sovereign State of Maltasource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984) p 719
TypeNation
Coordinates35.917°N 14.417°E
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Malta is a southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies south of Sicily, east of Tunisia and north of Libya. The country covers just over , making it one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries. The capital of Malta is Valletta which is also the smallest capital in the EU at 0.8 km2. Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English.

Malta's location as a naval base has given it great strategic importance throughout history, and a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Romans, Moorish, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, Knights of St. John, French and the British ruled the islands. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974. Malta was admitted to the United Nations in 1964 and to the European Union in 2004; in 2008, it became part of the eurozone.

Malta has a long Christian legacy and is an Apostolic see. According to the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul was shipwrecked on Malta. Catholicism is the official religion in Malta.

Malta is a favoured tourist destination with its warm climate, numerous recreational areas, architectural and historical monuments, including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Valletta and seven Megalithic Temples which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.[1]

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