Malta

The Republic of Malta is an archipelago of Mediterranean Islands, strategically located between Southern Europe and North Africa. As a result of it’s location, Malta has been conquered by many different civilizations through the years. Each conqueror left remnants of their civilization which makes Malta a cultural melting pot in many different ways. 

 
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St. Paul’s Bay

The believed location of Paul’s shipwreck as told in Acts 27-28

St. Paul’s Bay

The apostle Paul was shipwrecked on Malta, as recounted in Acts 27-28. The believed location of that wreck is called St. Paul’s Bay to this day. 

 

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Language

Because the British controlled Malta for over 150 years, English is the official language and is spoken by more than 88%. The local/national language is Maltese and reflects the diversity of culture. Maltese is a mixture of Italian and Arabic and is the only semitic language in the European Union.

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Size and Population

Malta is made up of three islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino. Although all the islands together are only 122 square miles, Malta is home to 475,000 people.

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Valletta

The capital of Malta is Europe’s smallest at only .3 square miles.

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1964

Malta gained independence in 1964, and joined the European Union in 2004.

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Catholicism

Malta is 98% Catholic. An estimate 60% attend Mass weekly.

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World War II

Malta played a vital role in the war; it held fast against Italian attacks.