IntroductionStretched between Sicily and Libya in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, the Republic of Malta is a fascinating island with a charming past.
CapitalLa Valletta (7.084 in 2000)
Population410.209 in 2007
Time zone(UTC +1)
LanguageMaltese and English are the two official languages. Italian is spoken by 70% of the population.
Entry requirementsNeither passport nor visa is required for European citizens of the Member States. A valid identity card is sufficient. Most of the European driving licenses are accepted.
Travelling with petsPets can entry the Maltese territory upon authorization of the Director of the Veterinary Service. The application must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to departure. For more info visit the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing Tel.: 00356 / 21225638; www.veterinary.gov.mt.
Health and safetyBoth private and public health structures are good. Medicaments are easily available. No vaccination is required. It is advisable to bring the magnetic card for health assistance. General safety in the country is good. There are no particular danger zones.
ClimateMalta has a typical Mediterranean climate. Winters are generally mild and sunny, whereas summers are hot and dry.
Form of governmentThe Country obtained the independence from the United Kingdom on 21st September 1964, and became since then a parliamentary Republic.
EconomyThe Country’s economy is based on the tertiary sector, especially tourism. The manufacturing sector contributes to the per capita income for less than 20%, whereas agriculture is not good developed, due to the lack of water and soil dryness.
ElectricityVoltage: 240 V, frequency 50 Hz. It is advisable to bring plug adapters.
Post offices, banks and telephonesPost offices are open Monday to Saturday from 7.30 am to 12.45 pm. Banks are generally open from 1st October to 15th June Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. From 16th June to 30th September Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 am. Saturday from 8 to 11.30 am. Mobile phone coverage is excellent.
Country code: 00356
Emergency number: 112
Police +356 21224001 [nggallery id=39]