|Intro: ||I am Maltese and I would like to share with you some of the main points about my country.|
The Republic of Malta, is a Southern European country situated in the center of the Mediterranean, 80 km south of Sicily, and 333 km north of Libya, Malta covers just over 316 km2 in land area, making it one of the world's smallest states.It is also one of the most densely populated countries in the World. The capital city of Malta is Valletta. The population of the island is 411,000 The languages spoken are Maltese and English.
Malta's location has given it great strategic importance. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, Knights of St John, French and the British ruled the islands. Malta gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974. Malta was admitted to the United Nations in 1964 and a full member to the European Union in 2004. In 2008 it became part of the eurozone.