Every Wondered Where is Malta?

Find Out Where The Country of Malta is Located in Europe

Date Last Updated: 25th April 2020

Where is Malta located? A question asked by many as it is a known fact that Malta is still a relatively well kept secret!

Our island is located in the center of the Mediterranean Sea and is the southernmost European country. We are halfway between Gibraltar and Alexandria and between Sicily and North Africa. The islands are closer to Europe than Africa.

What You Need to Know About Where is Malta

How can I find Malta on the world Map?

Malta & Gozo Geographical Location with Coordinates:

Coordinates for Malta:

- Latitude: 35.917973
- Longitude: 14.409943

Coordinates for Gozo:

- Latitude: 36.044300
- Longitude: 14.251222

Boats moored at The Blue Lagoon, Comino

Currently there are 611 cases, 485 recoveries and 7 deaths in Malta

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Dimensions of the Maltese Islands

  • The length of the whole archipelago is 45 kilometers (27 miles).
  • The distance from the North West to South West is about 28 kilometers (17 miles).
  • The width of Malta in an east-west direction is 14.5 kilometers (9 miles).
  • Gozo is 14.5 kilometers (9 miles) long and Comino is 2.5 kilometers (2 miles).
  • The total shoreline for Malta is 196.8 kilometers (122 miles) and Gozo 56 kilometers (35 miles).

Discover Facts About Malta

  • Malta Time Zone GMT+2
  • Capital of Malta Valletta
  • Population of Malta 493,559 by end of 2018
  • Malta Island Language Maltese and English 
  • Currency in Malta Euros (€)
  • Electricity Between 220 - 240 volts AC (50Hz)
  • Airport in Malta Malta International Airport
  • Healthcare Mater Dei Hospital 
  • Emergency Number - 112
  • Cars drive on the left-hand side

Interesting Information About Malta

  • An island with over 2.5 million visitors per year. 
  • sought-after retirement destination.
  • Its centralised location provides quick link between countries due to its highly efficient international airport.
  • An independent republic country with its own parliament and constitution.
  • Malta is a member and forms part of the European Union since 1st May 2004.
  • You can live peacefully, have your own business like anywhere else in Europe.

Why do people choose Malta as their destination?

There are many reasons why people choose our island for their next destination.

  • Malta is surrounded by the sea.
  • Malta has 300 days of sunshine a year.
  • Our small island contains 5000 years of history.
  • Malta is home to one of the oldest temples in the world.
  • Malta has one of the best diving sites in the world.
Where is Malta? The beautiful yacht Marina located in Birgu.

The Surrounding Islands of Malta

Surface Area of the Islands

The total land area of the Maltese islands is 316 square kilometers. It is one of Europe’s smallest and most densely populated countries.

  • Malta is the largest island of the archipelago with a total area of 245.7 square kilometers, barely visible on the Mediterranean map.
  • Gozo covers 67.1 square kilometers with a resident population of approximately 31,000.
  • Comino has an area of 2.8 square kilometers and is inhabited by one family made up of two persons.
  • St. Paul’s Islands has an area of 0.101 square kilometers.
  • Cominotto covers 0.1 square kilometers.
  • Filfla covers 0.02 square kilometers.
  • Fungus Rock in Gozo covers 0.007 square kilometers.

What Islands Surround Malta?

The archipelago is made up of seven islands. The largest three being Malta, Gozo (Għawdex) and Comino (Kemmuna) are inhabited by a population totaling to 493,559 by the end of 2018 according to NSO Malta.

Cominotto 

  • An adjacent island to Comino and forms part of the Blue Lagoon, famous for its crystal clear waters.

St.Paul’s Islands

  • They are known as the place where St. Paul’s ship, shipwrecked while sailing on his way to Rome in the year A.D. 60.
  • History books say that the ship got caught in a tempest and was shipwrecked on these islands, which heralded the start of Christianity on these islands.

Fungus Rock

  • Fungus Rock is a mass of limestone rock rising 60 meters above sea level. This rock creates an impressive effect on the surrounding bay and is home to protected flora.

Filfla

  • Filfla island, as it is known in Maltese, is located just beyond the southwestern cliffs 8 kilometers out at sea. Today it is regarded as a natural reserve.
  • It is the home of the only known colony in the world of a large dark green and red spotted lizard. The Mediterranean Storm Petrel breeds on the island.

Where is Malta? Distance from Neighboring Countries

  • South Sicily: 93 kilometers (57 miles).
  • North of Libyan Coast: 320 kilometers (198 miles).
  • North of Libya: 290 kilometers (180 miles).
  • Gibraltar: in the far-western Mediterranean is 1,826 kilometers (1,134 miles) away.
  • Port Said in Egypt: is 1,510 kilometers (1,926 miles) to the east.

5 Top Tours You Should Do Whilst in Malta

There are plenty of tours to choose from to explore more the islands.

Here are our top 5 tours you should definitely try our whilst in Malta.

A view of Gozo from Citadella Fortifications located in Victoria

Questions You Might Ask Yourself About Our Islands

Is Malta a Country?

  • Our island is a country identified with its own government, constitution and parliament house which governs the country independently.

What is the capital city of Malta?

  • The capital city is Valletta, built by the Knights of St. John in 1566.
  • It is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe.
  • It is a major main attraction for incoming tourists as it holds magnificent original fortifications including Baroque palaces and numerous churches.

How big is Malta compared to other islands?

  • You can compare the size of our islands with the following islands: Malta 316 | Antigua 281 | Barbuda 431 | Maldives 298 | Sri Lanka 314 | U.S. Virgin Islands 346 - These numbers are in Kilometers Square
A traditional Maltese fishing boat

Is Malta in the United Kingdom or part of British rule?

  • In 1806 Malta became part of the British rule until it acquired independence in 1964.  
  • Although it can be said that in 1849 the Maltese people acquired an elected party legislative council. Then much later in 1921, it became a fully elected bicameral parliament.
  • This was a big step forward for Malta to have a degree of rule still being part of the British Empire.

What is Malta's geology made of?

  • If we look at it from the geological side it is made up entirely of composed sedimentary rocks.
  • These are sediments which have been formed about 30 to 5 million years ago
  • This means that there were continuous deposits of materials within the Mediterranean Sea.

How big is the island of Gozo?

  • It is called Ghawdex in the Maltese language. It is just 8 kilometres to the north-west of Malta with a surface area of about 67.1 square kilometres.
  • The island is as big as New York City's Manhattan island.
  • Gozo is 14.5 kilometres (9 miles) long and 7.2 kilometres (4.47 miles) wide. Coastline 56.01 kilometres (34.80 miles) long.
  • It is good to mention Comino the third smallest island with 3.5 square kilometres or 1.4 square miles.

What importance had Malta been in the past?

  • Throughout the centuries the Maltese island were always importantly positioned for the domination of the Mediterranean.
  • Malta has been inhabited since people arrived here from Sicily around 5200 BC. The islands were always a location for great strategic importance as a naval base for shipping.
  • It is so that it was conquered by a continuation of powers namely by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, the Romans, Byzantines, the Moors, the Arabs, Normans, the Aragonese, Spanish, the Knights of St. John, the French and the British Empire.

Where did the Maltese people come from?

  • The local people are a mixture of cultures that came and left the island at different times during all these hundreds of years.
  • Above we already mentioned many cultures that formed and evolved the population as it is today.

Is Malta a member of the Commonwealth?

  • Malta is one of the only three Commonwealth members in Europe apart from England and Cyprus. Malta joined in 1964.
  • It is an association of 53 countries united together through their former ties with the British.
  • The aim is to create on-going prosperity in these countries by remaining united in another form.
  • The Commonwealth members are those countries that used to be part of the British Empire.
Fomm ir-Riħ at the edge of the cliffs limits of Baħrija

Malta Info Guide is here to provide you with helpful information about our archipelago.

References

- NSO Statistics Malta
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