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Malta, officially Republic of Malta, is an archipelago of islands located in the Mediterranean sea, in Malta’s channel, 80km far from Sicily, 284km far from Tunisia and 333km from Libya. With a territory’s extension of 316 square km it is one of the smallest and with the highest density of population of the world ( 416.515 people). The capital city is Valletta located in the main island.
In the past , the strategic position of Malta gave a great importance to the archipelago, seeing the occupancy of Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginian, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragons, French and English people.
Malta is internationally considered a tourist place thanks to the entertainment and culture that is able to offer, in fact there are in the country 3 sites declared UNESCO Human Heritage: Valletta, the capital city, hypogeal of Hal Saflieni and megalithic temples.
Malta is member of Commonwealth from the 1964, it became Republic in 1974 and finally member of United Europe in the 2004.
The landscape is composed by rocky coasts and protected bays characterized by transparent sea and gold beaches.
From historical and cultural point of view Malta is not only ancient but absolutely mythical: in the small pebble streets of its cities there are Norman cathedrals and baroque palaces, instead in the countryside there are the most ancient buildings made by human beings in the past . The main religion in Malta is the Roman Catholicism , but you can even find a mix of other cultures, melted in many years of history.
In 1993 and 2003 Malta gave hospitality to the Games of the Small States of Europe. In the whole medal collection of the 16 editions of the Games it’s in 5th place, with 307 medals in total , among which 57 gold medals, 103 silver medals and 147 bronze medals.