Interesting Facts About Malta

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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.

Where is Malta located is a section with other interesting information that will help you understand where we are.

Facts About Malta

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

National Holidays:

Freedom Day - 31st March
Sette Giugno - 7th June
Our Lady of Victories - 8th September
Independence Day - 21st September
Republic Day - 13th December

The most important milestones in the last 100 years

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.

Population counts

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.

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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.

Smallest and largest village population

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

Local councils

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.

Life expectancy

At birth - 81.9

Males - 79.6%, Females - 84.0%

Live births - 4,032

Quality of life

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)

Labour force (Quarter 4/2013)

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

Economy for 2013

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).

Tourism - Updated on 19/10/2016

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

Accommodation for tourism

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

Cruise passenger traffic

Arrivals for 2015 – 600,156

Transit - 529,784

Landed - 70,372

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National and Public Holidays

 - 1st January – New Year’s Day

 - 31st March – Freedom Day (National Holiday)

 - 1st May – Worker’s Day

 - 7th June – Sette Giugno (National Holiday)

 - 8th September – Victory Day (National Holiday)

 - 21st September – Independence Day (National Holiday)

 - 13th December – Republic Day (National Holiday)

National holidays & Traditional Feasts

 - 10th February – Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

 - 19th March – Feast of St. Joseph

 - 31st March - Good Friday

 - 29th June – Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

 - 15th August – Feast of the Assumption

 - 8th December – Feast of the  Immaculate Concept

 - 25th December – Christmas Day

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