Malta

The Maltese Islands

With 7,000 years of history behind it, Malta is a modern country with an open market economy, excellent economic track record, stable currency, low inflation and enjoys a high standard of living at relatively low cost.

The Maltese islands comprise an archipelago in the Mediterranean, occupying 316 square kilometres approximately 100 kilometres south of the Italian Island of Sicily. Only the three largest islands Malta, Ghawdex (Gozo) and Kemmuna (Comino) are being inhabited, however development schemes in Manoel Island are in the pipeline. Malta's picturesque charm and historic appeal, enhanced by its strategic position in the heart of the Mediterranean make the island a remarkable tourist destination offering modern five star hotels, numerous beaches and a typical Mediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers.

Malta is an independent republic and a member of the British Commonwealth.   Since the mid-eighties Malta has transformed itself into a freight transhipment hub and a first class financial centre with reciprocal insurance and investment legislature regulations.  Malta boasts an independent Financial Services Authority based on the British system.  The islands have a hi-tech manufacturing sector and at present are working on an advanced system of e-government aimed at creating the first e-government state supported by one of the world's first fully digital telecommunications network.

Malta became a member state of the European Union on 1st May, 2004.  Malta is well paced to reap the benefits from EU accession and embark on a path of rapid growth.  Its human capital and geographical location place it in a favourable position in this regard.  At present Malta is working on an advanced system of e-government aimed at creating the first e-government state supported by a fully digital telecommunications network.  Corporate law in Malta is in full conformity with European requirements; accounting and auditing standards are based on International Accounting Standards.



Facts and Figures:

 

People

Maltese National Flag

 

Population: 407,180
Population Growth Rate: 0.3%
Median Age:
Male 36.91 years
Female 39.84 years
Population Density: 1,265.4 km2
Age Structure:
0 - 14 years 17.6%
15 - 64 years 68.8%
65 years & over 13.6 %

 

Malta

Nationality: Maltese
Capital City: Valletta
Official Languages: Maltese, English
Other Spoken Languages: Italian, Spanish, French
National Holidays:
Freedom Day 31st March
Sette Gugnio 7th June
Victory Day 8th September
Independence Day 21st September
Republic Day 13th December
Public Holidays:
St Paul's Shipwreck 10th February
Feast of St Joseph 19th March
Workers' Day 1st May
St Peter & St Paul 29th June
Feast of Assumption 15th August
Feast of Immaculate Conception 8th August


Government

Political Parties: Partit Laburista (Malta Labour Party)
Nationalist Party (Demo-Christians)
Alternattiva Demokratika (Green Party)
Head of State: H.E. Ms Marie Louise Coleiro Preca (President)
Head of Government: Dr Joseph Muscat (Prime Minister)
Legal System: Based on the English Common law and Roman Civil Law.  Accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction (with reservations)
Juridical Branch: Constitutional Court; Court of Appeal; Judges for both cours are appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister
Malta and the EU:
December 2002 Malta successfully concluded EU membership negotiations at the Coppenhagen summit to become a full member
March 2003 A referendum for accession in the EU was held where the majority of the Maltese electorate voted in favour of membership in the EU.  A subsequent general election victory of the Nationalist Party followed in April 2003.
April 2003 The then, Prime Minister Dr Edward Fenech Adami and the then Foreign Minister Dr Joe Borg signed the Treaty of Accession to the European Union in Athens.
May 2004 Malta became a full member of the EU together with nine other acceding countries.
May 2005 Malta successfully obtained the Maastricht Criteria and was granted the ERMII - green light to adopt the Euro.
January 2008 Malta adopted the Euro as its national currency.


Economy

Currency: Euro
Currency Code:
GDP per capita: € 13,191
Average Annual Inflation Rate: 3.28%
Rate of Economic Growth: 6.4% at market price
Annual Increase in Tourist Departures: 12.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3%
Total Imports: € 3,540 million
Total Exports: € 2,235 million



Communications

Internet Usage Rate: 53%
Country Telephone Code: +00356
Maltese Time: GMT +01:00
Internet Code: .mt




Official National Tourist Organisation Agencies

Website: http://www.tourism.org.mt
Email: office.ntom@tourism.org.mt


Head Office:    National Tourist Organisation Offices
280, Republic Street, Valletta, Malta.
Tel: + (356) 21 22 35 95; (356) 224 444/5; (356) 225 048/9
Dialing from USA/Can: 011 356 224 444/ 224 445/ 225 048/ 225 049;
Fax: + 356 21 22 04 01;
Faxing from USA/Can: 011 356 220 401
Website: www.tourism.org.mt
             www.mta.org.mt
Email: office.ntom@tourism.org.mt
          info@mta.com.mt


France:   
Office du Tourisme de Malte, 9, Cite de Trevise, 75009 Paris.
Tel: + 33 (1) 4800 0379;
Dialing from USA/Can: 011 33 (1) 48000379;
Fax: + 33 (1) 4800 0441;
Faxing from USA/Can: 011 33 (1) 48000441;
Email: office.fr@tourism.org.mt
Website: www.visitmalta.com/fr/
                 www.malta.be./


Frankfurt am Main - Germany:  
Fremdenverkehrsamt Malta, Schillerstrasse 30-40, D-60313, Frankfurt am Main
Tel: + 49 (069) 28 58 90; 0(69) 255890;
Dialing from USA/Can: 011 49 (69) 255890;
Fax: + 49 (069) 28 54 79;
Faxing from USA/Can: 011 49 (69) 285479;
Email: office.de@tourism.org.mt



Italy:   
Ente Nazionale per il Turisimo di Malta, Via Gonzaga 7,
I-20123 Milan.
Tel: + 39 867 376; 0 (2) 86 73 76/95;
Dialing from USA/Can: 011 39 (2) 86 73 76 / 95
Fax: + 39 874 687;
Faxing from USA/Can: 011 39 (2) 87 46 87;
Email: office.it@tourism.org.mt


Netherlands:   
National Verkeersbureau Malta, Singel 540, 4th Floor, 1017 AZ, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1017 AZ
Phone: + 0 (20) 6207223;
Dialling from USA/Can: + 011 31 (20) 6207223;
Fax: + 0 (20) 6207233;
Faxing from USA/Can: 011 31 (20) 6207233;
Email: office.nl@tourism.org.mt
Russia    Malta National Tourism Organization, Korovy Val 7/219, Moscow, Russia.
Phone: 0 (5) 2326413;
Dialing from USA/Can: 011 7 (5) 2326413;
Fax: 0 (5) 2326413;
Faxing from USA/Can: 011 7 (5) 2326413.

United Kingdom:   
Malta National Tourist Office, Malta House, 36-38 Piccadilly, London WIV OPP.
Tel: + 44 (0) 171 292 4900; 0 (20) 72924900;
Dialing from USA/Can: 011 44 (20) 72924900;
Fax: + 44 (0) 171 734 1880;
Faxing from USA/Can: 011 44 (20) 77341880;
Email: office.uk@tourism.org.mt
United Kingdom    Malta National Tourism Organization, Suite 300, Mappin House 4 Winsley Street London WIN 7AR. 
Tel: +  0 (20) 73230506;
Dialing from USA/Can: 011 44 (20) 73230506;
Fax: 0 (20) 73239154;
Faxing from USA/Can: 011 44 (20) 73239154;
Email: office.uk@tourism.org.mt
United States:    Malta National Tourist Office, Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Ave. Suite 4412, New York, NY 10118, USA.
Tel: + 1 212 695 9520
Fax: + 1 212 695 8229
Email: office.us@tourism.org.mt