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Full country name: Hashemite Arab Kingdom of Malta
Area: 316 sq km
Population: 405,165 (July 2010 est.)
Capital City: Valletta
Language: Maltese (official) 90.2%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.8%
Religion: Roman Catholic 98%
Government: Republic
Time Zone: UTC+1 (daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October)
Dialing Code: 356
Electricity: 240V 50 Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Money & Costs:
Average Yearly Salary: USD 24,300

Budget: EUR4-15
Mid-range: EUR15-50
High: EUR50+
Budget: EUR20-40
Mid-range: EUR40-100
High: EUR100+

Geography: The Republic of Malta is located in Southern Europe. The country consists of archipelago, which is situated in the Mediterranean and includes three inhabited islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino, and two uninhabited islands. The closest neighbors of Malta are: Sicily, Tunisia and Alexandria. Malta has numerous bays along the coastline, but no rivers inland. The country's terrain consists of low hills with terraced fields.

Climate: Malta has Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by hot and dry summers, and mild, but wet winters. Most of the rainfall occurs during October and April, and fog is common from November till March. During the peak summer months (July and September), the average temperature is about 30 C (86 F), whereas during the hottest month, August, the temperature soars to above 40 C (104 F). December and Februray are the coldest months of the year, with an average temperature of about 15 C (59 F).

Recommended clothing: Lightweight cotton and linen clothes are advised from March to September. A light sweater may be required for cooler autumn and spring evenings. A raincoat or a light jacket is recommended for winter season.

Health: European travelers, in hold of a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are offered free or reduced-cost treatment. A comprehensive travel insurance is recommended for other nationals.

Food & Drink: The cuisine of Malta has a long and rich list of dishes, that are typically Mediterranean. Maltese cuisine is strongly influenced by Italian cuisine, especially Sicilian. The dishes are usually based on fresh locally available fruit and vegetables, such as: zucchini, tomatoes, artichokes, figs, potatoes, peaches, citrus, and apricots. Seafood is also very popular in the island, with such dishes as: Lampuki (a pie made with the local dorado fish and vegetables) or Aljotta (a fish soup with marjoram, tomatoes, garlic and rice). Pastry is used in both savoury and sweet forms. Tarts, pies and sweet pastries are an integral part of Maltese eating. Alongside the traditional cuisine of Malta, one can find an eclectic mix of international dishes. Malta Goya is a rich nutritious soft drink, brewed from the finest barley and hops. Tap water is usually chlorinated and considered safe, however, bottled water is advised.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
Feb 10 Feast of St Paul's Shipwreck
Mar 19 St Joseph's Day
Mar 31 Freedom Day
Varies between Mar 22 & Apr 25 Good Friday
May 1 Labour Day
Jun 7 Sette Giugno (Commemoration of 1919 Riot)
Jun 29 Feast of St Peter and St Paul
Aug 15 Assumption Day
Sep 8 Our Lady of Victories
Sep 21 Independence Day
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 13 Republic Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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