Facts about Malta

Facts about Malta
  1. Rivals: Although Malta has a generally friendly population, where foreigners believe that everyone knows everyone, people can also become rivals. This is mostly for the sake of appearances, but one of the reasons is that the patron saints of the respective towns are so highly regarded that if there is more than one belonging to each town, then during town festivals they will become ‘enemies’ if they support a different saint than the others do.
  2. Cars: The country of Malta is only 316 square kilometers in size and only about 450,000 people live on the islands that make up the island state. Despite this, over 300,000 cars have been registered in Malta. It’s also very common to give a car as an 18th birthday present.
  3. Religion: The Maltese people are very passionate about their religion. In fact, Catholicism is so important to them that there are almost as many churches in Malta as there are days in a year.
  4. Nature: The country is really beautiful to look at, but did you know that the country has only one, almost insignificant forest and that there are no rivers in the country?
  5. Name: The name ‘Malta’ is said to come from a Greek word meaning ‘honey’. Malta is also known for producing honey that tastes really good.
  6. Landfast: Malta is known to be made up of several islands, but several researchers have actually theorized that the country was once landlocked with Sicily. However, this has yet to be proven.
  7. Movie: Malta is so beautiful and pretty that many movies have been filmed here over the years. This includes scenes for movies like ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Troy’. Even the TV series Game of Thrones has used the country for filming.
  8. Multilingual: Malta has been conquered and influenced by so many other countries over the years that it’s not uncommon for large parts of the population to be fluent in three languages. They can often speak Maltese, Italian and English.
  9. Urban planning: Many ancient cities emerged more or less on their own and have evolved from there. Malta’s capital, Valletta, is said to be one of the first European cities to be designed and built. This happened way back in 1565. The city is also only 0.8 square kilometers in size.
  10. Melodigrandprix: In Malta, they love many things, but they especially appreciate the European Eurovision Song Contest, also known as Eurovision.

Malta Valletta

Fact: The capital of Malta, Valletta, is probably one of the first European cities to be built from blueprints. This allegedly happened in 1565.

Geographic facts

  • Location: Southern Europe, Mediterranean islands, south of Sicily (Italy)
  • Country borders: 0 km
  • Coastline: 196.8 km (excluding 56 km to the island of Gozo)
  • Climate: Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers
  • Landscape: Mostly low, rocky, flat plains; coastal cliffs
  • Lowest point: Mediterranean Sea: 0 m
  • Highest point: Ta'Dmejrek on the Dingli cliffs: 253 m
  • Natural resources: Limestone, salty, arable soil
  • Largest city: Birkirkara
  • Capital city: Valletta
  • Total area (square kilometers): 320,00 (2021)
  • Land areas (km2): 150,90 (2015)
  • Urban areas (km2): 173,52 (2015)
  • Agricultural land (km2): 87,50 (2021)
  • Agricultural area (% of total area): 27,34 (2021)
  • Forest area (% of land area): 1,44 (2021)
  • Plant species (higher), endangered: 4,00 (2018)
  • CO2 emissions (metric tons per capita): 3,13 (2020)

Demographic facts

Population

  • Population density (people per km2 total area): 1.620,43 (2021)
  • Population of largest city: 2,40 (2022)
  • Population growth (annual %): 531.113,00 (2022)
  • Population, total: 16,70 (2021)
  • Population growth in urban areas (annual %): n/a
  • Population in urban areas (% of total population): n/a
  • Population in rural areas (% of total population): 95,41 (2021)
  • Population growth in rural areas (annual %): 6,21 (2022)
  • Etniske grupper: Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with traits from Italians and other Mediterranean peoples)
  • Sprog: 90.1% Maltese (official language), 6% English (official language), 3% multilingual, 0.9% other
  • Religioner: Over 90% Roman Catholics (the official religion)
  • Net immigration: 850,00 (2022)

Birth and death rates

  • Fertility rate, total (births per woman): 1,14 (2021)
  • Birth rate, gross (per 1,000 inhabitants): 8,50 (2021)
  • Teenage mothers (% of women aged 15-19 who have had children or are pregnant): 94,88 (2022)
  • Death rate, gross (per 1,000 people): 8,00 (2021)
  • Life expectancy at birth, women (years): 84,50 (2021)
  • Life expectancy at birth, men (years): 81,30 (2021)
  • Life expectancy at birth, all (years): 82,86 (2021)
  • Mortality caused by traffic accidents (per 100,000 inhabitants): 4,10 (2019)
  • Mortality, women (per 1,000 adult women): 22,10 (2021)
  • Mortality, male (per 1,000 adult males): 42,59 (2021)
  • Suicide rate, women (per 100,000 women): 2,30 (2019)
  • Mortality, infant (per 1,000 live births): 5,10 (2021)

Work, income and education

  • Wage earners, total (% of total labor force): n/a
  • Income share of the highest 10%: 25,10 (2020)
  • Income share of the lowest 10%: 3,10 (2020)
  • Unemployment, total (% of total labor force): 8,52 (2019)
  • Labor force, total: 294.774,00 (2022)
  • Workforce with basic education (% of the workforce): 50,97 (2022)
  • Labor force with medium education (% of labor force): 77,82 (2022)
  • Number of poor cf. national poverty limits (% of the population): n/a
  • Proportion of the population with moderate or severe food insecurity (%): 7,20 (2021)
  • School enrolments, primary school (gross %): 2,93 (2022)
  • Youth unemployment, all young people (% of total labor force aged 15 - 24): 84,93 (2022)
  • Young people not in education, employment or training, total (% of all young people): 24,00 (2020)
  • Literacy/literacy, total adults (% of population over 15): 94,94 (2021)

    Spending

  • Household (and NPIS) consumption expenditure (US$): 11.365.120.168,67 (2022)
  • Electricity consumption (kWh per inhabitant): 4.924,54 (2014)
  • Inhabitants using the Internet (% of the population): 91,54 (2022)
  • Mobile subscriptions (per 100 people): 131,59 (2022)
  • Number of smokers, total (over 15 years): 8,27 (2022)
  • Alcohol consumption per capita (litres of pure alcohol, expected estimates, +15 years): 2,46 (2022)

Business and tourism

  • Employers, total (% of total labor force): 4,09 (2022)
  • New companies (number of registrations): 3.396,00 (2020)
  • New businesses (new registrations per 1,000 inhabitants aged 15 - 64): 10,05 (2020)
  • Listed companies, total: 33,00 (2022)
  • Business conditions (0 = lowest grade to 100 = highest grade): 5,13 (2022)
  • International tourism, number of arrivals: 718.000,00 (2020)
  • International tourism, number of departures: 218.000,00 (2020)
  • Railway lines (total route kilometers): 5,13 (2022)
  • Railways, number of passengers transported (million passenger-kilometres): 1,14 (2022)

Health

  • Hospital beds (per 1,000 inhabitants): 4,49 (2017)
  • Suicide rate, men (per 100,000 men): 9,80 (2019)
  • Nurses and midwives (per 1,000 inhabitants): 14,40 (2020)
  • Doctors (per 1,000 inhabitants): 5,49 (2021)
  • Prevalence of HIV, total (% of population aged 15 - 49): 123,02 (2022)

Facts Malta's economy

GDP and GNI

  • BNP (US$): 66,14 (2019)
  • GDP growth (annual %): 18.125.564.514,27 (2022)
  • GDP per capita (US$): 6,92 (2022)
  • GDP, KPP (US$): 34.127,51 (2022)
  • BNI (US$): 29.671.077.263,96 (2022)
  • GNI growth (annual %): 16.297.534.923,22 (2022)
  • Gross savings (% of GDP): 7,02 (2022)

Inflation, interest rates and consumer prices

  • Deposit rate (%): 15,60 (2020)
  • Lending rate (%): 11,10 (2019)
  • Inflation, consumer prices (annual %): 2.268.939.400,82 (2022)
  • Consumer Price Index (2010 = 100): 123,02 (2022)

Trade and production

  • Trade (% of GDP): 17,15 (2021)
  • Vareeksport (US$): 1.281.047.405,02 (2022)
  • Vareimport (US$): 3.253.000.000,00 (2022)
  • Food exports (% of merchandise exports): 12,66 (2022)
  • Food imports (% of goods imports): 11,51 (2022)
  • Food Production Index (2004 - 2006 = 100): 76,43 (2021)
  • Index of animal production (2004 - 2006 = 100): 4,71 (2013)

Industry

  • Industry (including construction), value added (% of GDP): 26,70 (2022)
  • Industry (including construction), value added (US$): 12,52 (2022)
  • Industry, value added (% of GDP): 97,15 (2021)
  • Industry, value added (US$): 7,07 (2022)

Military

  • Armed forces, total: 2.000,00 (2020)
  • Military expenditure (% of GDP): 8.519.000.000,00 (2022)
  • Military Expenditure (US$): 0,50 (2022)

Others

  • Current health expenditure (% of GDP): 15,60 (2020)
  • Labor tax and contribution (% of company profit): 6,15 (2022)
  • Development Assistance (ODA) received per capita (US$): 86.972.641,30 (2022)
  • Social contributions (% of income): 27,88 (2002)