…that’s more than 40 times the population of the Isle of Skye!
Residents here are known as Maltese.
The capital is Valletta; it covers an area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 square kilometres) and had a population of 5,721 in 2013.
The maltese enjoy a mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. On average, there are 300 days of sunshine in Malta and a temperature of 18.9°C – sounds perfect!
Malta is home to some of the oldest freestanding stone buildings in the world; built between 4000-5000BC, the Megalithic Monuments of Malta are one of 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malta and a renowned tourist attraction.
Before Malta’s roads were paved, people were paid to water the soil roads to stop bacteria and viruses being swept up into the air by the motion of the carriage wheels!
Originally built for the 1980 film Popeye, Sweethaven Village (also known as Popeye’s Village) is now a tourist attraction and theme park!
The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English.
Unlike many other European countries, Maltese drive on the left hand side of the road, just like in the UK.