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Malta Travel Doc Part 06

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Published on Oct 9, 2008

Malta, officially the Republic of Malta (Maltese: Repubblika ta' Malta), is a European microstate, comprising an archipelago of three islands. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea, 93 km (58 mi) south of Sicily, giving the country a warm Mediterranean climate. The nation's capital city is Valletta.
Throughout much of its history, Malta was considered to have a crucial strategic location due to its position in the Mediterranean Sea. It was held by several ancient cultures including Phoenicians, Sicilians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and others. The island is commonly associated with the Knights Hospitaller, who ruled it from the mid 16th century. This, along with the historic Biblical shipwreck of St. Paul on the island, ingrained the strong Roman Catholic legacy which is still the official and most practiced religion in Malta today.
The country's official languages are Maltese and English, although there are strong historical ties to the Italian language on the islands. Malta gained independence from Britain in 1964 and is currently a member of the European Union which it joined in 2004, in addition to being part of the Commonwealth of Nations and the UN.

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