Malta – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Area          total: 316 sq km         water: 0 sq km         land: 316 sq km

Population: 398,534 (July 2005 est.)

Ethnic groups: Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians, with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)

Capital: Valletta, population 7,000

Largest Cities 

        Birzebbuga – 22,000        Rabat – 15,000 

Official Language

        Maltese (official)        English (official)

Religion: Roman Catholic 98%

Political system: Republic

GDP: purchasing power parity – $7.223 billion (2004 est.)  

GDP per head: purchasing power parity – $18,200 (2004 est.)  

Annual growth: 1% (2004 est.) 

GDP – composition by sector   

        agriculture: 3%         industry: 23%         services: 74% (2003 est.)

Inflation: 2.9% (2004 est.)

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