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Background

Malta

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. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.

About

Malta is an island country in the Mediterranean Sea that lies south of the island of Sicily, Italy. The country is an archipelago, with only the three largest islands (Malta, Għawdex or Gozo, and Kemmuna or Comino) being inhabited.

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MaltaHotel Phoenicia Malta 

The Mall
Valletta FRN1478
Malta

Price (US$): $190 - $508 / night

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Location. Located in central Valletta, Hotel Phoenicia Malta is near the airport and within walking distance of National Museum of Fine Arts and National Museum of Archaeology. Nearby points of interest also include St. Johns Co Cathedral and Great Seige of Malta and the Knights of St. John. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Phoenicia Malta include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Guests can enjoy a… more »

MaltaRadisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands 

Golden Bay
Mellieha MLH5510
Malta

Price (US$): $130 - $282 / night

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Location. Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands is located on the beach in Mellieha, close to Golden Sands Beach, Gnejna Bay, and Mellieha Bay. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Sweethaven Village and Mellieha Church. Resort Features. Dining options at Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands include 4 restaurants. 3 bars/lounges, a swim up bar, and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include… more »

MaltaInterContinental Malta 

St. George's Bay
St Julians STJ3310
Malta

Price (US$): $173 - $389 / night

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Location. InterContinental Malta is located on the beach in St. Julian's, close to Bay Street Shopping Complex, St George's Beach, and National Museum of Archaeology. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Great Seige of Malta and the Knights of St. John and Fort St. Elmo. Hotel Features. Dining options at InterContinental Malta include 8 restaurants. A beach bar and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet… more »

MaltaKempinski Hotel San Lawrenz 

Triq Ir Rokon
San Lawrenz SLZ1040
Malta

Price (US$): $113 - $754 / night

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Location. Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is a business friendly hotel located in San Lawrenz's Gozo neighborhood, close to Ta' Pinu Shrine, Azure Window, and St. George's Basilica. Other area points of interest include Ggantija Temple and Ta' Cenc. Hotel Features. Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz features a coffee shop/cafĂ©, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a children's pool, a health club,… more »

MaltaThe Westin Dragonara Resort 

Dragonara Road
St Julians STJ 3143
Malta

Price (US$): $172 - $436 / night

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Location. The Westin Dragonara Resort is a family friendly St. Julian's resort by the sea and close to Paceville, Bay Street Shopping Complex, and St George's Beach. Additional points of interest include Mediterranean Conference Centre and National Museum of Archaeology. Resort Features. The Westin Dragonara Resort's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an… more »

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Malta

Capital
Valletta
Location

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

Geographic coordinates

35 50 N, 14 35 E

Area comparative

slightly less than twice the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

196.8 km (excludes 56.01 km for the island of Gozo)

Climate

Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers

Terrain

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

Lowest point

Mediterranean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Ta'Dmejrek 253 m (near Dingli)

Natural resources

limestone, salt, arable land

Population

406,771 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)

Religions

Roman Catholic 98%

Languages

Maltese (official) 90.2%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.8% (2005 census)

Government type

republic

Independence

21 September 1964 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 21 September (1964); Republic Day, 13 December (1974)

Chief of state

President George ABELA (since 4 April 2009)

Head of government

Prime Minister Lawrence GONZI (since 23 March 2004)

Internet country code

.mt

Internet users

240,600 (2009)

Airports

1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Marsaxlokk (Malta Freeport), Valletta

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