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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. 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.
Common Name: Malta Local Official Name: Malta
Abbreviated Name: Republic of Malta Official Name: Repubblika ta' Malta
Official Script Name: Malta Local Common Name: Malta
Former Name: Malta Territory of: NA
Head of State: President Edward FENECH ADAMI
Government Type: republic
Independence: 1964 September 21 (from UK)
Constitution: 1964 constitution; amended many times
National Holiday: Independence Day, 21 September
International Organization Participation: Australia Group, C, CE, EBRD, EIB, EU (new member), FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITU, MIGA, NAM, NSG, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO
Administrative Divisions: none (administered directly from Valletta); note - local councils carry out administrative orders
Dependent Areas: NA
Legal System: based on English common law and Roman civil law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations
Suffrage: 19 years
Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches: Executive Branch: chief of state: President Edward FENECH ADAMI (since 4 April 2004) head of government: Prime Minister Lawrence GONZI (since 23 March 2004) cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister elections: president elected by the House of Representatives for a five-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held 29 March 2004 (next to be held by April 2009); 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: Eddie FENECH ADAMI elected president; House of Representatives vote - 33 out of 65 votes 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: last held 12 April 2003 (next to be held by August 2008) election results: percent of vote by party - PN 51.7%, MLP 47.6%, AD 0.7%; seats by party - PN 34, MLP 31 Judicial Branch: Constitutional Court; Court of Appeal; judges for both courts are appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister
Party Leaders: Alternativa Demokratika/Alliance for Social Justice or AD [Harry VASSALLO]; Malta Labor Party or MLP [Alfred SANT]; Nationalist Party or PN [Lawrence GONZI]
International Disputes: NA
Illicit Drugs: minor transshipment point for hashish from North Africa to Western Europe 
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Location of Malta: Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)
Continent: Europe Land Area Total: 316 sq km 
Region: South Eastern Europe Land Area Land: 316 sq km
Capitol City: Valletta Land Area Water: 0 sq km
Latitude: 035 50 N Border Boundary Land: 0 km
Longitude: 014 35 E Border Boundary Coastline: 196 km 
Arable Land: 31.25 % Pastures: 0.00 %
Crops: 3.13 % Woodlands and Forests: 0.00
Highest Elevation: 253 m Location: Ta'Dmejrek
Lowest Elevation: 0 m Location: Mediterranean Sea
Largest City in Malta: Valletta Valletta Largest City Population: 102,000
Threatened Species: 16
Environmental Issues: very limited natural fresh water resources; increasing reliance on desalination
Environmental Agreements: party to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Irrigated Land: 20
Bordering Countries: NA
Natural Resources: limestone, salt, arable land
Geographical Terrain: mostly low, rocky, flat to dissected plains; many coastal cliffs
Comparative Area of Malta: slightly less than twice the size of Washington, DC
Malta's Geography: 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

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General Climate: Mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers
Natural Hazards: NA
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Economic 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 fresh water supplies, and has few domestic energy sources. The economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing (especially electronics and textiles), and tourism. Continued sluggishness in the European economy is holding back exports, tourism, and overall growth.
GDP: $7,861,000,000 USD Currency: Maltese lira
GDP per Capita: $19,700 USD Currency Code: MTL
GDP Growth Rate: 1.00 %
Currency Exchange Rate History: Maltese liri per US dollar - 0.34578 (2005), 0.34466 (2004), 0.37723 (2003), 0.43362 (2002), 0.45004 (2001)
GDP of Agriculture: 3.00 % GDP of Industry: 23.00 %
GDP of Services: 74.00 %  
Inflation Rate: 3.00 % Population in Poverty: 0.00 %
Unemployment Rate: 7.80 % Tourism: 1,214,000.00 visitors each year
Consumption by lowest 10%: 0.00 % Budget Revenue in USD: $2,503,000,000 USD
Consumption by upper 10%: 0.00 % Budget Expenditures in USD: $2,703,000,000 USD
Electricity Production: 2,082,000,000 kWh Electricity Exports: 0 kWh
Electricity Consumption: 1,936,000,000 kWh Electricity Imports: 0 kWh

Electricity Production by Source:
Fossil Fuel Electricity Production: 100.00% Nuclear Electricity Production: 0.00%
Hydro Electricity Production: 0.00% Other Electricity Production: 0.00%
Oil Production: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Production: 0 cu m
Oil Consumption: 18,000 barrels per day Natural Gas Consumption: 0 cu m
Oil Exports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Exports: 0 cu m
Oil Imports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Imports: 0 cu m
Proven Oil Reserves: 0 barrels Proven Natural Gas Reserves: 0 cu m
External Debt: $188,800,000 USD Received in economic aid: $0 USD
  Donated in economic aid: $0 USD
Agricultural Products: potatoes, cauliflower, grapes, wheat, barley, tomatoes, citrus, cut flowers, green peppers; pork, milk, poultry, eggs
Primary Industries: tourism, electronics, ship building and repair, construction, food and beverages, textiles, footwear, clothing, tobacco
Industrial Growth Rate: 0.00 %
Import Amount in USD: $3,859,000,000 USD - machinery and transport equipment, manufactured and semi-manufactured goods; food, drink, tobacco
Import Partners: Italy 32.3%, UK 11.5%, France 9.6%, Germany 8%, US 5.5%, Singapore 4.1%
Export Amount in USD: $2,744,000,000 USD - machinery and transport equipment, manufactures
Export Partners: France 15.4%, US 14.4%, Singapore 12.3%, UK 11.3%, Germany 11.2%, Italy 5.1%, Libya 4.2%
GINI Index: 0.00%
Labor Force Number of People: 160,000
Labor Force by Occupations: industry 22%, services 75%, agriculture 3%
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Radio Broadcast Stations: 25 Number of People with Radios: 255,000
Television Broadcast Stations: 6 Number of People with Televisions: 280,000
Number of People with Mainline Telephones: 202,100 Number of People with Mobile Phones: 324,000
Internet Service Providers: 10,739 Internet Users: 127,200
Internet Country Code: .mt Newspapers: 133
Two Letter Country Code: MT Weights and Measures:
Phone Country Code: 356 Electricity Voltage: 240 Volts
Telephone Systems: general assessment: automatic system satisfies normal requirements domestic: submarine cable and microwave radio relay between islands international: country code - 356; 2 submarine cables; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
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Highways: 2,014 km Railways: 0 km
Gas And Oil Pipelines: 0 km Waterways: 0 km
Airports: 1 Heliports: 0
Motor Vehicles: 655 per 1,000 people CO2 Emissions: 1,759,000 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  Per capita CO2 emissions: 0.03 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
Merchant Marines: total: 1,220 ships (1000 GRT or over) 23,917,414 GRT/38,685,924 DWT by type: bulk carrier 434, cargo 344, chemical tanker 105, combination ore/oil 1, container 59, liquefied gas 7, livestock carrier 1, passenger 15, passenger/cargo 14, petroleum tanker 146, refrigerated cargo 43, roll on/roll off 33, specialized tanker 2, vehicle carrier 16 foreign-owned: 1,162 (Austria 1, Azerbaijan 2, Bangladesh 3, Belgium 10, Bulgaria 13, Canada 18, China 14, Croatia 10, Cyprus 15, Denmark 6, Estonia 4, France 6, Germany 64, Greece 495, Hong Kong 2, Iceland 4, India 1, Iran 14, Israel 23, Italy 29, Japan 1, South Korea 6, Latvia 40, Lebanon 10, Monaco 1, Netherlands 6, Norway 49, Pakistan 1, Poland 27, Portugal 3, Romania 9, Russia 70, Slovenia 3, Spain 6, Sweden 3, Switzerland 21, Syria 7, Taiwan 2, Turkey 123, UAE 5, UK 8, Ukraine 24, US 3) registered in other countries: 8 (Panama 3, Portugal 1, Russia 4)
Ports and Harbors: Marsaxlokk, Valletta
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Population: 400 people type - nationality Birth Rate: 10.22 births per 1,000 people
Population Density: 1,222.00 people per sq km Death Rate: 8.10 deaths per 1,000 people
Population Growth: 0.42% per year Fertility Rate per Women: 1.50 babies born per woman
Population Male 0-14: 35 Population Female 0-14: 33
Population Male 15-64: 139 Population Female 15-64: 136
Population Male 65+: 23 Population Female 65+: 31
Population 0-14: 17.10% Literacy Rate: 92.80%
Population 15-64: 69.10% Literacy rate of Males: 92.00%
Population 65+: 13.70% Literacy rate of Females: 93.60%
Population that is Male: 49.00 % Population that is Female: 51.00%
Life expectancy at birth in years: 79.01 years Infant mortality rate - baby deaths per 1000 births: 3.86 Babies die per 1,000 births
Life expectancy at birth for Males: 76.83 years Life expectancy at birth for Females: 81.31 years
Rate of AIDS/HIV infection: 0.20% Number of people living with AIDS or HIV: 0
Number of people who died of AIDS: 0
Disease Risk:
Net Migration Rate per 1,000 people: 2.05
Nationality: MALTESE
Ethnic Groups: Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians, with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock) 
Primary Language: Maltese
Other Languages: Maltese (official), English (official)
Primary Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Religions: Roman Catholic 98%
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Branches: Armed Forces of Malta (AFM; includes air and maritime elements)
Manpower Fit to Serve: 18 years
Manpower Available: 177,698 People
Manpower Fit to Serve: 145,858 People
Amount of Manpower Available each Year: 0 People per year
Expenditures: $0 USD per year
Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP: 1.00
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