Malta at a Glance

Malta at a glance

Capital City Valletta
Official language(s) Maltese, English
Government Parliamentary Republic
Political system: Democratic
Independence: 21 September 1964
Republic: 13 December 1974
EU accession: 1 May 2004
Area 316 km2
Population: Estimate - 421,000 (2013)
GDP (PPP): 3.4% annual nominal growth rate ( June 2014)
Per capita at market prices - €17,000 (2013)
Currency: Euro (€)
Time zone: CET (UTC+1)
Drives on the: Left
Airport: Malta International Airport, Luqa
International dialling code: +356
Legal system: Civil legal system. Company Law & Commercial Law based on UK statutes. General Property Law based on a Civil Code.
Expertise: Insurance management, maritime services & ship registration and hedge funds.
Tax treaties: Over 65 double tax treaties.