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Malta Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting


Malta travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to Malta.

Updated: 2019-06-22.

Republic of Malta | Repubblika ta’ Malta

First, where is Malta? Malta is an archipelago country located in the Mediterranean Sea, generally considered to be an extension of Europe.

Located off the coast of Italy‘s Sicily, it also is relatively near Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya to its south in Africa, as well as Greece a bit farther to the east.

Malta is a member of the Euro currency, the European Union, and the Schengen Travel Area. The capital is Valletta, but the largest city is Birkirkara.

Malta is an island nation, but the largest and main island is also called Malta. This island has the majority of the population, as well as the most important cities.

Being an island nation in the Mediterranean, as well as more south than just about all of Europe, Malta is a top tourist destination, receiving nearly 2 million visitors per year.

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Malta Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Malta – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Valletta

Largest City: Birkirkara

Population: 476,000 (2019 estimate)

Language(s): Maltese & English

President: George Vella

Prime Minister: Joseph Muscat

Currency: Euro € (EUR)

Area: 316 km2 (122 mi2)

Dialing Code: +356

Time Zone: Central European Time “CET” (UTC+1), DST/Summer Time: Central European Summer Time “CEST” (UTC+2)

Demonym: Maltese (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Malta (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 112

Drinking Age: 17

Smoking Age: None, 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 16

Drives on the: Left

Electricity & Adapter: 230V, 50Hz, Plug Type G (define)

ISO Country Code: MT

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