Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta is an archipelago situated in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily. The country is just over 316km2, with a population of circa 430,000, making it one of the smallest and most densely populated countries. Malta's capital city is Valletta and is the smallest national capital in the European Union. Valletta will be hosting the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018 with its partner Dutch city, Leeuwarden.
Malta has one official language which is Maltese and English being another official language. Its language is a reflection of the influence left by all those that dominated Malta. This was due to it's location in the middle of the Mediterranean which historically gave it great strategic importance as a naval base, and a succession of powers, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, the Knights of St. John, French and British, which have ruled the islands. Malta gained its independence for the United Kingdom in 1964 and in the same year was admitted to the United Nations and to the European Union in 2004. In 2008 Malta became part of the Eurozone.
Malta has a tradition of encouraging foreign investors to establish operations in Malta and its policies favour an open economy and direct investment
Malta has earned a strong reputation as an ideal regional centre for financial services and expansion-oriented business. Malta, a member of the European Union with a proud history and culture has:
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