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Malta , officially the Republic of Malta , is a densely populated developed European country in the European Union. The Southern European island nation comprises an archipelago of seven islands situated centrally in the Mediterranean Sea, 93 km off the coast of Sicily . The distance from the nearest point on the North African mainland, in Tunisia, is 288 km with the island of Gibraltar 1,826 km to the west and Alexandria 1,510 km to the east. Its size is just over 300 km² with an estimated population of over 400,000. Its de facto capital is Valletta, the biggest city is Birkirkara. The islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate. The country's official languages are Maltese and English, which replaced Italian in 1934. Malta has a long legacy of Roman Catholicism, which continues to be the official and dominant religion in Malta. Throughout its history, Malta's location in the Mediterranean Sea has given it a strategic importance. Consequently, a sequence of powers including the Phoenicians, Romans, Fatimids, Sicilians, Knights of St John, French and British have all conquered Malta. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a Republic in 1974 but remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. It is a member of the European Union, which it joined in 2004, and also of the United Nations. Malta implemented the Schengen Agreement on December 21, 2007. Malta is known for its world heritage sites, most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are the oldest free-standing structures on Earth. According to the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul was shipwrecked on the island. Malta is also considered a hypothetical location for the mythical lost island of Atlantis.

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A Tour of Malta with Shopping and Entertainment - Valletta
A Tour of Malta with Shopping and Entertainment The sunny islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino make up the Maltese archipelago. The Knights of St. John fortified the Grand Harbour at Valletta, one of the Mediterranean's great bastions. Valletta's sights include the Palace of the Grand Masters and the Armoury, St. John's Co-Cathedral and Museum, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Archaeology. See The Malta Experience, one of Europe's largest multivision shows, highlighting 7,000 years of history. Sliema, with the neighboring St. Julian's-St. George's area, is the modern residential area with hotels, clubs and restaurants. Cospicua, Senglea and Vittoriosa are also known as Bormla, L'Isla and Birgu--The Three Cities. These fortified town...

Opportunities and excitement in Malta - Valletta
Opportunities and excitement in Malta Recent events in Malta and Gozo have emphasized just how important the tourism industry is to the islands, both in terms of employment as well as in terms of the economy. Despite its size, however, the islands could offer a more varied itinerary through the many local festivals that are particular to each of the 67 local council zones. As far as employment is concerned, with an unemployment figure of just 4.8 percent (as of November 2006), a look through the main newspapers over the first two months will reveal an extensive selection of jobs and opportunities, particularly in the tourism field. Over the past fortnight, Ryanair was also looking for airline staff from Malta and the first indications did show that th...

Malaysia to start direct flight to Laos - Valletta
Malaysia to start direct flight to Laos At the third meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation between Laos and Malaysia, the two countries agreed to allow direct flights between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Vientiane, Laos. The first flights will be being in July 2007 on carrier AirAsia. This is not the first time there have been direct flights between the two countries. In 1996, Malaysia Airlines provided direct service between Vientiane and Kuala Lumpur until the 1998 Asian financial crisis. Through resumption of this flight route, Laos and Malaysia hope to boost trade and cooperation between the two countries .

Culture of Malta - Valletta
Culture of Malta The culture of Malta is a reflection of various cultures that have come into contact with the Maltese Islands throughout the centuries, including neighbouring Mediterranean cultures, and the cultures of the nations that ruled Malta for long periods of time prior to its independence in 1964. The culture of prehistoric Malta he earliest inhabitants of the Maltese Islands are believed to have been farmers who crossed over from nearby Sicily sometime before 5000 BCE. They grew cereals and raised domestic livestock and, in keeping with many other ancient Mediterranean cultures, worshipped a mother goddess, represented in Malta by statuettes of unusually large proportions. Pottery from the earliest period of Maltese civil...

Malta goes green, set for the euro - Valletta
Malta goes green, set for the euro Southern Europe's Malta has enforced three environmental-friendly policies and is all set to begin using the euro beginning January next year. Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi recently praised Malta's achievements in developing greener policies, namely the ecolabelling award certifications for hotels, the certification of the island's first blue flag beach, and the announcement of the Malta's first national heritage and nature park. The eco-labeling certification was an initiative taken by the Malta Tourism Authority together with the Malta Standards Authority (MSA). The criteria used was built on the eco label mark developed for the European Union Commission and was also sanctioned by the MSA which is the...