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Flag of Malta

Capital City: Valletta

Official Sites of Malta


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Political Map of Malta



Background:  Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in
1814. The island staunchly supported the UK through both World Wars
and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964. A
decade later Malta became a republic. Over the last 15 years, the island
has become a freight transshipment point, financial center, and tourist
destination. It is an official candidate for EU membership.

Geography Malta

Location:  Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of
Sicily (Italy)

Geographic coordinates:  35 50 N, 14 35 E

Map references:  Europe

Area:  total: 316 sq km water: 0 sq km land: 316 sq km

Area - comparative:  slightly less than twice the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:  0 km

Coastline:  196.8 km (does not include 56.01 km for the island of Gozo)

Maritime claims:   12 NM exclusive fishing zone: Climate:  Mediterranean
with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers

Terrain:  mostly low, rocky, flat to dissected plains; many coastal cliffs

Elevation extremes:  lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m highest point:
Ta'Dmejrek 253 m (near Dingli)

Natural resources:  limestone, salt, arable land

Land use:  arable land: 31% permanent crops: 3% other: 66% (1998 est.)

Irrigated land:  20 sq km (1998 est.)

Natural hazards:  NA

Environment - current issues:  very limited natural fresh water resources;
increasing reliance on desalination

Environment - international agreements:  party to: Air Pollution,
Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol,
Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea,
Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution,
Wetlands signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:  the country comprises an archipelago, with only the
three largest islands (Malta, Ghawdex or Gozo, and Kemmuna or Comino)
being inhabited; numerous bays provide good harbors; Malta and Tunisia
are discussing the commercial exploitation of the continental shelf
between their countries, particularly for oil exploration

People Malta

Population:  397,499 (July 2002 est.)

Age structure:  0-14 years: 19.7% (male 40,609; female 37,882) 15-64
years: 67.5% (male 135,047; female 133,207) 65 years and over: 12.8%
(male 21,215; female 29,539) (2002 est.)

Population growth rate:  0.73% (2002 est.)

Birth rate:  12.76 births/1,000 population (2002 est.)

Death rate:  7.77 deaths/1,000 population (2002 est.)

Net migration rate:  2.36 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2002 est.)

Sex ratio:  at birth: 1.09 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.07
male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female 65 years and over:
0.72 male(s)/female total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (2002 est.)

Infant mortality rate:  5.72 deaths/1,000 live births (2002 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:   80.96 years (2002 est.)  male: Total fertility
rate:  1.91 children born/woman (2002 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:  0.52% (1999 est.)

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:  NA

HIV/AIDS - deaths:  less than 100 (1999 est.)

Nationality:  noun: Maltese (singular and plural) adjective: Maltese

Ethnic groups:  Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and
Phoenicians, with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean

Religions:  Roman Catholic 91%

Languages:  Maltese (official), English (official)

Literacy:  definition: age 10 and over can read and write total
population: 88.76% male: 86.91% female: 89.55% (1995 census)

Government Malta

Country name:   Republic of Malta conventional short form: Government
type:  republic

Capital:  Valletta

Administrative divisions:  none (administered directly from Valletta)

Independence:  21 September 1964 (from UK)

National holiday:  Independence Day, 21 September (1964)

Constitution:  1964 constitution substantially amended on 13 December 1974

Legal system:  based on English common law and Roman civil law; accepts
compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

Suffrage:  18 years of age; universal

Executive branch:  chief of state: President Guido DE MARCO (since
4 April 1999) head of government: Prime Minister Eddie FENECH ADAMI
(since 6 September 1998); Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence GONZI (since 4
April 1999) cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president on the advice
of the prime minister elections:  election last held NA April 1999
(next to be held by April 2004); following legislative elections,
the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition is
usually appointed prime minister by the president for a five-year term;
the deputy prime minister is appointed by the president on the advice of
the prime minister election results: Guido DE MARCO elected president;
percent of House of Representatives vote - 54%

Legislative branch:  unicameral House of Representatives (usually 65
seats; note - additional seats are given to the party with the largest
popular vote to ensure a legislative majority; members are elected
by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve
five-year terms) elections:  results: percent of vote by party - PN 51.8%,
MLP 46.9%, AD 1.2%; seats by party - PN 35, MLP 30

Judicial branch:  Constitutional Court; Court of Appeal; judges for both
courts are appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister

Political parties and leaders:  Alternativa Demokratika/Alliance for
Social Justice or AD [Harry VASSALLO]; Malta Labor Party or MLP [Alfred
SANT]; Nationalist Party or PN [Edward FENECH ADAMI]

Political pressure groups and leaders:  NA

International organization participation:  C, CCC, CE, EBRD, ECE, EU
IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO, ITU, NAM, OPCW, OSCE, PCA,

Diplomatic representation in the US:   New York FAX:  Connecticut Avenue
NW, Washington, DC 20008

Diplomatic representation from the US:  chief of mission: Ambassador
Anthony H. GIOIA embassy: 3rd Floor, Development House, Saint Anne Street,
Floriana, Malta VLT 01 mailing address: P. O. Box 535, Valletta, Malta,
CMR 01 telephone: [356] 235960 through 235965 FAX: [356] 243229

Flag description:  two equal vertical bands of white (hoist side) and
red; in the upper hoist-side corner is a representation of the Saint
George Cross, edged in red

Economy Malta

Economy - overview:  Major resources are limestone, a favorable geographic
location, and a productive labor force. Malta produces only about 20%
of its food needs, has limited freshwater supplies, and has no domestic
energy sources. The economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing
(especially electronics and textiles), and tourism. Malta is privatizing
state-controlled firms and liberalizing markets in order to prepare for
membership in the European Union and is expected to complete EU accession
negotiations in 2002. The island is divided politically, however, over
the question of joining the EU.

GDP:  purchasing power parity - $5.95 billion (2001 est.)

GDP - real growth rate:  4% (2001 est.)

GDP - per capita:  purchasing power parity - $15,000 (2001 est.)

GDP - composition by sector:  agriculture: 2.8% industry: 25.5% services:
71.7% (1999)

Population below poverty line:  NA%

Household income or consumption by percentage share:  lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%

Inflation rate (consumer prices):  2.8% (2001 est.)

Labor force:  147,700 (2000)

Labor force - by occupation:  industry 24%, services 71%, agriculture 5%
(1999 est.)

Unemployment rate:  4.5% (2000)

Budget:  revenues: $1.5 billion expenditures: $1.6 billion, including
capital expenditures of $NA (2000)

Industries:  tourism; electronics, ship building and repair, construction;
food and beverages, textiles, footwear, clothing, tobacco

Industrial production growth rate:  NA%

Electricity - production:  1.75 billion kWh (2000)

Electricity - production by source:  fossil fuel: 100% hydro: 0% other: 0%
(2000) nuclear: 0%

Electricity - consumption:  1.628 billion kWh (2000)

Electricity - exports:  0 kWh (2000)

Electricity - imports:  0 kWh (2000)

Agriculture - products:  potatoes, cauliflower, grapes, wheat, barley,
tomatoes, citrus, cut flowers, green peppers; pork, milk, poultry, eggs

Exports:  $2.5 billion (f.o.b., 2000)

Exports - commodities:  machinery and transport equipment, manufactures

Exports - partners:  US 27.3%, Germany 9.6%, France 8%, UK 7.3%, Italy
3.4% (2000)

Imports:  $3.1 billion (f.o.b., 2000)

Imports - commodities:  machinery and transport equipment, manufactured
and semi-manufactured goods; food, drink, and tobacco

Imports - partners:  France 19.2%, Italy 16.3%, US 10.7%, UK 8.1%,
Germany 8.1% (2000)

Debt - external:  $130 million (1997)

Economic aid - recipient:  $NA

Currency:  Maltese lira (MTL)

Currency code:  MTL

Exchange rates:  Maltese liri per US dollar - 0.4542 (January 2002),
0.4499 (2001), 0.4376 (2000), 0.3994 (1999), 0.3885 (1998), 0.3857 (1997)

Fiscal year:  1 April - 31 March

Communications Malta

Telephones - main lines in use:  187,000 (1997)

Telephones - mobile cellular:  17,691 (1997)

Telephone system:  general assessment: automatic system satisfies normal
requirements domestic: submarine cable and microwave radio relay between
islands international: 2 submarine cables; satellite earth station -
1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)

Radio broadcast stations:  AM 1, FM 18, shortwave 6 (1999)

Radios:  255,000 (1997)

Television broadcast stations:  6 (2000)

Televisions:  280,000 (1997)

Internet country code:  .mt

Internet Service Providers (ISPs):  2 (2000)

Internet users:  40,000 (2000)

Transportation Malta

Railways:  0 km

Highways:  total: 1,742 km paved: 1,677 km unpaved: 65 km (1997)

Waterways:  none

Ports and harbors:  Marsaxlokk, Valletta

Merchant marine:  total: 1,323 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling
27,208,819 GRT/44,617,877 DWT note: includes some foreign-owned ships
registered here as a flag of convenience: Australia 4, Austria 6,
Bangladesh 1, Belgium 3, Bulgaria 19, Canada 2, China 16, Croatia 14,
Cuba 1, Cyprus 7, Denmark 3, Estonia 5, Finland 1, Germany 54, Greece
627, Hong Kong 12, Iceland 3, India 10, Iran 2, Israel 26, Italy 36,
Japan 2, Latvia 24, Lebanon 6, Monaco 29, Netherlands 10, Nigeria 2,
Norway 43, Poland 29, Portugal 2, Romania 15, Russia 85, Saudi Arabia 1,
Slovenia 2, South Korea 5, Spain 1, Switzerland 54, Syria 4, Turkey 84,
Ukraine 25, United Arab Emirates 3, United Kingdom 4, United States 10
(2002 est.)  ships by type: bulk 440, cargo 334, chemical tanker 54,
combination bulk 10, combination ore/oil 12, container 75, liquefied
gas 4, livestock carrier 3, multi-functional large-load carrier 1,
passenger 6, passenger/cargo 1, petroleum tanker 270, refrigerated cargo
39, roll on/roll off 45, short-sea passenger 9, specialized tanker 3,
vehicle carrier 17

Airports:  1 (2001)

Airports - with paved runways:  total: 1 over 3,047 m: 1 (2001)

Military Malta

Military branches:  Armed Forces (including land forces [with subordinate
air squadron and maritime squadron] and the Revenue Security Corps),
Maltese Police Force

Military manpower - availability:  males age 15-49: 99,107 (2002 est.)

Military manpower - fit for military service:  males age 15-49: 78,909
(2002 est.)

Military expenditures - dollar figure:  $60 million (2000 est.)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP:  1.7% (2000)

Transnational Issues Malta

Disputes - international:  none

Illicit drugs:  minor transshipment point for hashish from North Africa
to Western Europe

This page was last updated on 1 January 2002

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