Capital: Valletta ; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 5.0%
Key Facts

Full name: Republic of Malta
Population: 418,000 (UN, 2011)
Area: 316 sq km (122 sq miles)
Major languages: Maltese, English
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 78 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: Euro from 1 January 2008
Main exports: Machinery and transport equipment
GNI per capita: US $18,620 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .mt
International dialling code: +356

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