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Country name conventional long form: Republic of Malta
conventional short form: Malta
local long form: Repubblika ta' Malta
local short form: Malta
Gevernment typerepublic
Capital name: Valletta
geographic coordinates: 35 54 N, 14 31 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Flag descriptiontwo 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
CurrencyMaltese lira (MTL)
Internet country code.mt
Ports and terminalsMarsaxlokk, Valletta
Agriculture productspotatoes, cauliflower, grapes, wheat, barley, tomatoes, citrus, cut flowers, green peppers; pork, milk, poultry, eggs
Industriestourism, electronics, ship building and repair, construction, food and beverages, textiles, footwear, clothing, tobacco
Geography
LocationSouthern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)
Coordinates35 50 N, 14 35 E
ContinentEurope
Area total: 316 sq km
land: 316 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline196.8 km (does not include 56.01 km for the island of Gozo)
ClimateMediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers
Terrainmostly low, rocky, flat to dissected plains; many coastal cliffs
Natural resourceslimestone, salt, arable land
Natural hazardsNA
People
Population400,214 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsMaltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians, with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
ReligionsRoman Catholic 98%
LanguagesMaltese (official), English (official)

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