- Officially: Republic of Malta
- Capital: Valletta
- Population: 436,000 residents
- Languages: Maltese, English
- Religion: Christianity
- Life expectancy: 80 years (men), 84 years (women)
- Member of the European Union and the Commonwealth of Nations
- Currency: Euro
- 316 km2 (122 sq miles)
- The Southern European island country consists of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea
- Located south of the Italian island of Sicily.
- Malta signed the Schengen area agreement on 16 April 2003 and started its implementation on 21 December 2007.
- In tourism terms, it is mostly known for its sun, sea, and beaches.
- Most alluring destinations for travellers are the ancient wonders as the 5,000 years old Hagar Qim and the 4,000 years old Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.
- Driving is on the left hand side
- Ferry services run from Italy to Malta
- Virtu Ferries operating from Catania and Pozzallo to Valetta
- Grimaldi sails into Valetta from Genoa, Cagliari, Livorno and Salerno
- Seat belts are compulsory
- Speed limits of 80 km/h (50 km/h in built up areas)
- The sounding of horns is prohibited in built up areas between 11 pm and 6am.