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below some factual information about Malta and Gozo,
which may be of interest to visitors looking for some background to their selected holiday vacation destination. If you are also looking for tourist information about accommodation in Malta or Gozo, hotel booking, self catering apartment accomodation or car hire, we have compiled this Malta tourist information guide to services and products you would most likely make use of during your vacations in Malta and Gozo, from low-cost holiday lodging in privately owned accommodations and guesthouses, though luxury hotels, auto rentals and entertainment, information you will certainly find useful. For your coming Malta holidays, you may book directly and save, check availability of accommodation to rent, car hire, and obtain useful Malta tourist information about things to do and places to visit in Malta and Gozo

Many apartments, villas, hotels, Gozo farmhouses and other holiday accommodation types are available in Malta and Gozo, many of the self-catering accommodations having swimming pool and/or sun terraces. Self-catering apartments / holiday flats or similar can offer you an inexpensive, independent lodging. Prefer hotels? Many Malta hotels are also listed. Rent a car from the reputable car hire companies featured, many car hire firms in Malta and Gozo are offering air-conditioned, automatic cars, Jeeps, economy cars for hire, all available to rent at competitive direct-booking rates.

If you are looking for information about diving in Malta and Gozo, the most popular dive sites, etc, click through to the diving schools listed for an undersea holiday experience to remember.
Introduction Malta
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 transhipment point, a financial centre, and a tourist destination. Malta became an EU member in May of 2004.
Geography Malta
Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)
Geographic coordinates:
35 50 N, 14 35 E
total: 316 sq km
land: 316 sq km
water: 0 sq km
196.8 km (does not include 56.01 km for the island of Gozo)
Mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers
mostly low, rocky, flat to dissected plains; many coastal cliffs
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
highest point: Ta'Dmejrek 253 m (near Dingli)
Natural resources:
limestone, salt, arable land
Land use:
arable land: 28.13%
permanent crops: 3.13%
other: 68.74% (2001)
Irrigated land:
20 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards:
Environment - current issues:
very limited natural fresh water resources; increasing reliance on desalination
Geography - note:
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 harbours; Malta and Tunisia are discussing the commercial exploitation of the continental shelf between their countries, particularly for oil exploration
People Malta
398,534 (July 2005 est.)
noun: Maltese (singular and plural)
adjective: Maltese
Ethnic groups:
Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians, with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
Roman Catholic 98%
Maltese (official), English (official)
Government Malta
Country name:
conventional long form: Republic of Malta
conventional short form: Malta
local long form: Repubblika ta' Malta
local short form: Malta
Government type:
21 September 1964 (from UK)
National holiday:
Independence Day, 21 September (1964)
1964 constitution; amended many times
Legal system:
based on English common law and Roman civil law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations
Flag description:
two equal vertical bands of white (hoist side) and red; in the upper hoist-side corner is a representation of the George Cross, edged in red
Economy Malta
Economy - overview:
Major resources are limestone, a favourable geographic location, and a productive labour force. Malta produces only about 20% of its food needs, has limited fresh water supplies, and has no 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.
Agriculture - products:
potatoes, cauliflower, grapes, wheat, barley, tomatoes, citrus, cut flowers, green peppers; pork, milk, poultry, eggs
tourism; electronics, ship building and repair, construction; food and beverages, textiles, footwear, clothing, tobacco
Currency (code):
Maltese lira (MTL)
Communications Malta
Telephones - main lines in use:
208,300 (2003)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
290,000 (2003)
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 1, FM 18, shortwave 6 (1999)
Internet users:
120,000 (2002)
Transportation Malta
total: 2,222 km
paved: 2,000 km
unpaved: 222 km (2002)
Ports and harbours:
Marsaxlokk, Valletta
1 (2004 est.)

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