Key Facts

  • Location: 95 kms south of Sicily and 290 kms from the North African coast
  • Structure: Archipelago comprising Malta (main Island), as well as Gozo and Comino
  • Malta - Length: 27.359 kms*
               Width: 14.48 kms
  • Gozo -  Length: 14.484 kms*
                Width: 7.242 kms        
  • Malta - Shoreline: 196.80 kms*
  • Gozo - Shoreline: 56.01 kms*
  • Total land area: 316 sq kms*
  • Climate: Mediterranean - mild winters and hot, dry summer
  • Time zone: GMT +1 (Daylight saving time: +1 hour beginning last Sunday in March and ends last Sunday in October)
  • Capital City: Valletta
  • Population: 413,609* (as at end 2008)
  • Language: Maltese (English is also recognised as an official language whilst Italian is widely spoken)
  • EU Member: Since May 2004
  • Local currency: Euro which was adopted on 1st January 2008
  • Principal Religion: Roman Catholic. Other religious denominations are also represented with places of worship.
  • Head of State: President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat
  • International dialing code: +356
  • Internet: Domain suffix for Malta is mt

Public Holidays in 2014

  • January 1st (New Year's Day)
  • February 10th (St Paul's Shipwreck)
  • March 19th (St Joseph)
  • March 31st (Freedom Day)
  • April 18th (Good Friday)
  • May 1st (Worker's Day)
  • June 7th (Sette Giugno)
  • June 29th (St Peter & St Paul)
  • August 15th (Assumption)
  • September 8th (Victory Day)
  • September 21st (Independence Day)
  • December 8th (Immaculate Conception)
  • December 13th (Republic Day)
  • December 25th (Christmas Day)

  
Economic Data on Malta

  • GDP (at market prices): €6,829.5 million (as at 2012)
  • Balance of Payment current account:  €109.4 million (as at 2012)
  • Imports of goods: €6,178.3 million (as at 2012)
  • Exports of goods: €4,431.1 million (as at 2012)

Source: Malta in Figures 2013 - National Statistics Office of Malta