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Malta: Small Mediterranean Archipelago and Tourist Haven

During the pre historic times the Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum settled in Malta and later on it was home to several mighty empires like the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans. Arab rule began in A.D. 870 and the Normans of Sicily occupied it in 1090 AD. The conquest of Malta went on, first by Turks in 1565, French in 1798 and Britain in 1814. In both the World Wars Malta remained a part of Britain and even after its independence in 1964 it became a member of the British Commonwealth. After a decade it became a independent nation.

Malta Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

    · National Name: Republic of Malta
    · Capital: Valletta
    · Total area: 316 sq km (122 sq miles)
    · Population: 408,000 (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Euro
    · Languages: Maltese (official) 90.2%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.8% (2005 census)
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
    · Religion: Roman Catholic 98%
    · GDP (Per Capita): $24,200 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male77.08 years, Female: 81.64 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 92%, Female: 93.6% (2003 est.)

Geographical Information on Malta:
Malta is situated in the central Mediterranean Sea to the west of Tunisia and south of Libya. It is an archipelago of seven islands.
The climate of Malta is Mediterranean in nature with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Malta:
Malta is situated in the heart of the Mediterranean and remains a melting pot of civilizations such as Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans with a history stretching back thousands of years. The footprint of their cultural legacy is still visible in the form of relics and monuments. The woolen jumpers and hand blown glassware of Malta are famous throughout the world. The folk song and music of Malta is quite famous and sung with the help of different musical instruments.

The cuisine of Malta is Mediterranean in nature with Italian, Spanish, Moorish, and British influences. The vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, figs, peaches, apricots, potatoes, and zucchini are commonly used during the preparation of Maltese cuisine. Some of the very popular Maltese recipes include pastry, Patizzi and Aljotta soup prepared with fish, tomatoes, rice and garlic. Maltese cuisine also has a number of fish dishes some of which include stonefish, swordfish, tuna, bream and red mullet.

Economy of Malta:
The economy of Malta is based on shipment, limestone production and tourism that have received a boost with world-class tourist facilities. The tax levied on transshipment contributes much to Maltese economy. The scenic location of Maltese landscapes acts as a perfect backdrop for film shoots.

Tourist Attraction of Malta:
The waves of Mediterranean Sea remain the center for water sports lover for any tourist visiting Malta. The relics of historical monuments of Malta not only charms visitors but also give a way to peep into the past legacy of Malta. Malta also has a few UNESCO world heritage sites.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Malta include:
    · Vittoriosa
    · Valletta
    · Mdina
    · Victoria
    · Gozo

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May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

United Nations, May 1 (IANS) A new UN report Monday warned that despite signs that economic growth has resumed in some regions, the global employment situation is alarming and shows no signs of recovery in the near future.

Maruti Suzuki exports one millionth vehicle

April 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Passenger car market leader Maruti Suzuki Monday dispatched its one millionth vehicle, a red coloured hatchback A-star, for delivery in Denmark.

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April 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Melbourne, April 12 (ANI): A Swedish study has found that there is no reason to ban texting or talking on cell phones while driving.

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US expands continues sanctions on Iran

March 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM

The US has expanded its sanctions against Iran and decided to banned those companies who are indulged with the controversial nuclear programme.

US expands sanctions on Iran

March 29, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Washington, March 29 (IANS) The US Wednesday expanded its sanctions against Iran to cover the shipping industry associated with the country's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Lockerbie bomber Al-Megrahi 'visited Malta for sex with mistress the night before blast'

March 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM

London, Mar 6(ANI): Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi told investigators that he regularly travelled to Malta to have sex, secret documents have revealed.

Lockerbie bomber Al-Megrahi 'visited Malta for sex with mistress the night before blast'

March 6, 2012 at 3:35 PM

London, Mar 6(ANI): Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi told investigators that he regularly travelled to Malta to have sex, secret documents have revealed.

Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville lose ?1.5 mln in their property company

February 5, 2012 at 8:59 PM

London, Feb 5 (ANI): Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, who had set up a Cuban Group to invest in hotels and other properties, have lost almost 1.5 million pounds in the company.

Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville lose ?1.5 mln in their property company

February 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

London, Feb 5 (ANI): Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, who had set up a Cuban Group to invest in hotels and other properties, have lost almost 1.5 million pounds in the company.

Tom Cruise wants mansion in Malta like Becks

January 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

London, Jan 29 (ANI): Tom Cruise is following in the footsteps of his Beverly Hills neighbor David Beckham by buying a mansion on the island of Malta.

Tom Cruise wants mansion in Malta like Becks

January 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM

London, Jan 29 (ANI): Tom Cruise is following in the footsteps of his Beverly Hills neighbor David Beckham by buying a mansion on the island of Malta.

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