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Background: Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814. The island staunchly supported the UK through both world wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964. A decade later Malta became a republic. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.
Location: Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)
Area land: 316 sq km
Area water: 0 sq km
Coastline: 196.8 km (excludes 56.01 km for the island of Gozo)
Country name conventional long form: Republic of Malta
Country name conventional short form: Malta
Country name former: Republic of Malta
Population: 408,333 (July 2011 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 15.7% (male 32,829/female 31,198); 15-64 years: 68.5% (male 142,006/female 137,803); 65 years and over: 15.8% (male 28,305/female 36,192) (2011 est.);
Population growth rate: 0.375% (2011 est.)
Birth rate: 10.35 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Death rate: 8.6 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
Net migration rate: 2.01 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.058 male(s)/female; under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female; 15-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female; 65 years and over: 0.77 male(s)/female; total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (2011 est.);
Infant mortality rate: total: 3.69 deaths/1,000 live births; male: 4.12 deaths/1,000 live births; female: 3.22 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.);
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 79.72 years; male: 77.45 years; female: 82.12 years (2011 est.);
Total fertility rate: 1.52 children born/woman (2011 est.);
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 0.1% (2009 est.);
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: fewer than 500 (2009 est.);
HIV/AIDS - deaths: fewer than 100 (2009 est.);
Nationality: noun: Maltese (singular and plural); adjective: Maltese;
Ethnic groups: Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock);
Religions: Roman Catholic 98%;
Languages: Maltese (official) 90.2%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.8% (2005 census);
Literacy: definition: age 10 and over can read and write; total population: 92.8%; male: 91.7%; female: 93.9% (2005 Census);
GDP (purchasing power parity): $10.21 billion (2010 est.); $10.01 billion (2009 est.); $10.13 billion (2008 est.);

note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate): $7.801 billion (2010 est.);
GDP - real growth rate: 2% (2010 est.); -1.2% (2009 est.); 1.5% (2008 est.);
GDP - per capita (PPP): $25,100 (2010 est.); $24,700 (2009 est.); $25,100 (2008 est.);
note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 1.7%; industry: 17.4%; services: 80.9% (2007 est.);
Population below poverty line: NA%;
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA%; highest 10%: NA%;
Labor force: 174,000 (2009 est.);
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 1.6%; industry: 22.8%; services: 75.6% (2009 est.);
Unemployment rate: 7% (2009 est.); 6% (2008 est.);
Budget: revenues: $3.136 billion; expenditures: $3.405 billion (2010 est.);
Industries: tourism, electronics, ship building and repair, construction, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, footwear, clothing, tobacco, aviation services, financial services, information technology services;
Industrial production growth rate: NA%;
Electricity - production: 2.146 billion kWh (2007 est.);
Electricity - consumption: 1.832 billion kWh (2007 est.);
Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2009 est.);
Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2009 est.);

Statistics: CIA World Factbook.

Press

Illum

(N/A), San Gwann
http://www.illum.com.mt/

iNews

(N/A), Marsa
http://www.inewsmalta.com/

Kull Hadd

(Independent, Maltese-language weekly), Hamrun
http://www.kullhadd.com/

Malta Today

(Independent, English-language), San Gwann
http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/

Newsbook

(N/A), Blata l-Bajda
http://www.newsbook.com.mt/

Times of Malta, The

(Liberal), Valletta
http://www.timesofmalta.com/

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