interesting facts about Malta

17 Marvellous Facts about Malta

Are you looking to impress your mates or simply to brush up on your worldly knowledge?  Get started with these 17 interesting facts about Malta!

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1.    Malta Isn’t Technically an Island

Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean and forms part of Europe. Its nearest neighbours are Italy to the north, Greece to the east, Libya to the south and Tunisia to the west.

2.    Malta is Small, But Packed with Culture

To explore the amazing cultural wonders and stunning coastline that Malta has to offer, head for the coordinates of 35.8833° N, 14.5000° E for your very own Maltese adventure!

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Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Of Ta’ Pinu, Gozo, Malta

3.    Malta Isn’t Exactly Mountainous

The terrain here is mostly low, rocky and flat, with many coastal cliffs.

4.    Seriously – Malta is Truly Tiny!

The total land area of Malta is 122 square miles (316 square kilometres) – that’s less than 1/5th of the size of the Isle of Skye! This also makes it the smallest country in the European Union!

5.    Malta is Densely Populated Despite Its Size

Malta’s population was 493,559 in 2019 – that’s more than 40 times the population of the Isle of Skye!

6.    Malta’s Citizens Have a Collective Name

Residents here are known as Maltese.

7.    Malta’s Known for Its Beautiful Cities

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.

8.    Malta is Seriously Hot and Balmy!

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!

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

9.    Malta Has Some Seriously Ancient Artefacts

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.

10. Malta’s Road System Used to Need Watering!

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!

11. Malta Has a Curious Link with a Spinach-Eating Sailor!

Originally built for the 1980 film Popeye, Sweethaven Village (also known as Popeye’s Village) is now a tourist attraction and theme park!

interesting facts about Malta

Social intricacies

12. Malta and the UK Share More Than a Few Traits

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.

However, Malta gained independence from the UK in 1964.

13. Malta is a Tourist Hot-Spot

Despite a population of only 493,559, Malta welcomes more than 1,000,000 tourists each year!

14. Malta is a Pretty Healthy Country

The average life span here is a very healthy 82.45 years (2018).

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Għadira Bay, Mellieha, Malta

Industry insights…

15. Malta Has a Diverse Food Production Industry

Malta grows potatoes, grapes, cauliflowers and wheat; they also rear pigs.

16. Malta Also Focuses on Tech and Seafaring

Elsewhere, Malta’s main industry focuses are tourism, electronics, ship building and ship repair.

17. Malta is a Big Exporter of Transport Essentials

Malta’s main exports include machinery, transport equipment and manufactures.

 

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