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Where is Malta?
The Republic of Malta is a south European country consisting of a group of islands in the centre of the Mediterranean. It is bordered by Sicily on the south, Tunisia on the east, Libya on the north, Gibraltar on the west and Alexandria on the east.

What is the capital of Malta?
Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Located in the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta, Valletta is a historical city with a population of 6,098. It was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

What is the largest city in Malta?
Birkirkara is the largest city of Malta with an estimated 25,858 inhabitants.

How big is Malta?
The Republic of Malta is a small country covering a total area of 121 square miles. The estimated population of the country as of 2010 is 412,966.

What are the ethnic groups in Malta?
The majority of the population of the Republic of Malta is composed of the native Maltese people. There is a small community of the British in the country.

What are the administrative divisions of Malta?
Malta is divided into sixty-eight local councils that are made up of a number of councilors. The councilors elect the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor. The Council also appoints an Executive Secretary, who handles the executive, administrative and financial affairs of the council.

Who are the political leaders of Malta?
The Republic of Malta is a parliamentary Republic.
President - George Abela
Prime Minister - Lawrence Gonzi

What is the official currency used in Malta?
Euro denoted by the ISO 4217 code EUR is the official currency of the Republic of Malta. It was introduced in 2008 replacing the Maltese Lira which had replaced the Maltese pound.

What is the official language of Malta?
Malta recognizes two official languages: English and Maltese. The other languages spoken in the country include French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

What is the official religion of Malta?
Christianity is the pre-dominant and the official religion of the Republic of Malta. Roman Catholicism is the largest denomination. In addition, there are Jews, Muslims, Latter-Day Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, Buddhists, and followers of the Bahai Faith in the country.

What is the economy of Malta like?
The Republic of Malta is a rapidly-growing economy relying heavily on services. In 2010, the gross domestic product (nominal) was estimated at $8.288 billion, while the per capita stood at $19,746. The country has rich reserves of limestone. Major industries include tourism, film production, international trade, financial services, and electronics manufacturing. There is no provision of property tax in Malta. The country exports mechanical devices, electrical machinery, pharmaceutical products, fish and crustaceans, and printed materials, while the major imports include oil, electrical and non-electrical equipments, aircrafts, transport vehicles, beverages, food, and tobacco. The principal trading partners are Germany, France, United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan, and Italy.

When is the national day of Malta celebrated?
The national day of the Republic of Malta is celebrated on September 21 each year. The day is celebrated to commemorate the country's independence from the United Kingdom in 1964. This day is declared a public holiday and a number of events are organized including a military parade in Valletta, a concert in Victoria on Gozo, and the Pontifical Mass in Valletta's principal cathedral.