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Country profile: Malta

Location: Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)
Climate: Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers
Terrain: mostly low, rocky, flat to dissected plains; many coastal cliffs
Size: 316 sq. km total (Land area: 316 sq. km )
Population: 403,532 (July 2008 est.)
Languages: Maltese (official), English (official)
Government: republic
Capital city: Valletta
Legal system: based on English common law and Roman civil law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations
Currency: euro (EUR) as of 1 January 2008; Maltese lira (MTL

Country profile

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 transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination.

Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began to use the euro as currency in 2008.

Energy production and consumption

Oil Gas
Consumption: 18,600 bbl/day (2005 est.)  
Imports: 18,600 bbl/day (2005 est.)  
Major fields:

Malta - recent news

22 Jul 19
Malta awards oil exploration licence to Edison International
Edison International has been awarded an exploration licence by the Government of Malta for offshore Blocks 1, 2 and 3 of Area 3 located north of the Maltese Islands and totalling approx. 6,400 sq kms.

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