Interesting facts about Malta is one of the sections that introduces you to frequently asked questions.
Here you will become acquainted with the last 100 years of the political development milestones. You will also learn about the population, villages, councils, quality of life, education, work, economy and tourism.
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Official Name: 'Republika ta’ Malta' in Maltese, Republic of Malta in English
Capital City: Malta – Valletta
Gozo – Victoria
Official Languages: Maltese and English
Monetary Unit: euro (€)
Government: Republic of Malta
Freedom Day - 31st March
Sette Giugno - 7th June
Our Lady of Victories - 8th September
Independence Day - 21st September
Republic Day - 13th December
Malta's history has been influenced by many cultures through time but finally the Maltese people succeeded to acquire their Independence from the British on the 21st September 1964. At the same time joined the Commonwealth.
Some years after became a Republic on 13th December 1973, the president of Malta was appointed for the first time.
Became a European member (EU) on 1st May of 2004.
Adopted the main Euro currency with the other Euro zone countries since 2008.
Became part of the Schengen area after signing the Schengen agreement in 2007.
Total population up to end 2015 stood at 429,344 - 403,480 for the main island and Gozo 30,924. Undated as per National Statistics Office - Malta 2016 publication.
Villages and towns - 54 and for Gozo - 14.
Population density 1,371 inhabitants per sq. km.
The population density is the highest from all members of the EU. For comparison purposes, the lowest country with the least population density is Finland with 17.6 inhabitants per sq. km.
The highest of all countries just one position before us are the Netherlands with 492.2 inhabitants per sq. km.
As of 1st January 2014 the population was 421,400 according to Eurostat figures.
For the main island: Largest is Birkirkara with a population of 22,247 and the smallest is Mdina with 292 persons.
For Gozo the largest is Victoria with 6,901 and the smallest is Munxar with 1,454 persons.
There are villages that are by now attached with each other due to population growth, like:
Birkirkara, Balzan, Hamrun and St. Venera
Zejtun, Ghaxaq and Gudja
Tarxien and Paola
Cospicua, Bormla and L-isla
They were established on 30th June 1993 with a total of 68 councils for both islands.
54 councils for the Maltese and 14 for the Gozitans.
At birth - 81.9
Males - 79.6%, Females - 84.0%
Live births - 4,032
Fixed telephone subscriptions 231,331 (54.4% of population)
Fixed telephone subscribers 445,464 (130.9% of population)
Cable TV subscriptions 148,905 (35.0% of population)
Internet subscriptions 143,010 (33.6% of population)
Employment - 186,897
Males - 109,231; Females - 66,241
Employment Rate (%) - 60.8
Unemployment - 11,964
Unemployment Rate (%) - 5.2
Euro Zone unemployment average for 2012 (%) - 10.5
The University has 14 faculties, a number of institutes and a School of performing arts
For the Scholastic year 2015/2016 - 11,856 students attended the University.
Over 1000 international students following degrees and diploma courses. They originate from 77 different countries and follow full-time and part-time degrees as well as diploma courses.
The number of graduates for 2012 was of 3,243 with 21 graduate ceremonies.
The number of graduates for 2014/2015 was of 3,645
The Maltese economy grew by 0.8% in 2012, down from 1.7% the previous year. The Maltese economy had the third highest growth rate among the Euro area member states.
GDP (at market prices) - € 7,510.1 million
Employed population - 168,730
Imports of goods - € 5,683.1 million
Export of goods - € 3,925.2 million
Balance of payments current account - € 241.5 million
It is rated as an advanced economy together with 32 other countries according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Tourist Arrivals - 1,807,269 for 2015
UK - 526,089; Germany - 142,010; Italy - 289,019; France - 128,014;
Netherlands - 45,055; Libya - 6,682; Others - 305,012
Total number of guest nights - 14,217,158
Highest number of inbound guest nights - August - 2,359,721
Lowest number of inbound guest nights - February - 529,340
Total hotels 2 to 5 Star - 103
Total hotel beds - 39,204
Total number of accomodation bed places – 49,752
Arrivals for 2015 – 600,156
Transit - 529,784
Landed - 70,372
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