Country: Malta

Population: 401,880

Capital: Valletta

Time Zone: UTC+1

Currency Name: Maltese lira (MTL)

Government Type: Republic

Languages: Maltese (official), English (official)

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

Religion: Roman Catholic 98%

Major Cities: Valletta

Phone Country Code: 356

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.visitmalta.com/main

High Travel Season: June - September

Voltage: 240 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: g

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), February 10 (St. Paul's Shipwreck), March 19 (Feast of St. Joseph), March 31 (Freedom Day), Easter, May 1 (Feast of St. Joseph the Worker), June 7 (Sette Giugno), June 29 (Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul), August 15 (Assumption of Mary), September 8 (Victory Day), September 21 (Independence Day), November 1 (All Saints Day), November 2 (All Souls Day), December 8 (Immaculate Conception), December 13 (Republic Day), December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: St. Paul was shipwrecked on Malta in 60 AD according to the Bible.