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10 Random Facts About Malta You Need To Know

Facts about Malta
The city of Valletta

Malta is an archipelago in central Mediterranean. It is between Sicily and the North African coast. Here we bring to 10 random facts about Malta that you need to know. Malta is known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers.

These include the Romans, Moors, Knights of St. John, French, and British. Malta has numerous fortresses, temples, a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to about 3600 BC.

Population: 423,282 (2013) World Bank

Capital: Valletta

Currency: Euro (€)

President: Marie Louise Coleiro Preca

Prime Minister: Joseph Muscat

Continent: Europe

System of Government: Parliamentary republic

Official Languages:  Maltese, English, Maltese Sign Language

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Random Facts About Malta

1. LOVE CARS A LOT

Only 445,500 inhabitants!  Very few roads!  Very few parking spaces!  But, wait for this...over 329,000 registered vehicles!  And the rate of registration keeps increasing!

2. DREAM MOVIE LOCATIONS

Big budget international movies are shot on this tiny island.  A good example is the Gladiators.  Several scenes of this world-famous movie were shot on Malta.

3. NO ABORTION

The country is highly Roman Catholic.  Malta may now be liberal on quite a number of things.  But you cannot have an abortion in Malta!

4. THINGS MISSING

Malta is beautiful.  Malta is a holiday maker's dream.  But Malta lacks quite a few things other countries enjoy: forests, rivers, and mountains.  Malta has none of these!

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5. A NATIINAL DOG

There is a national dog!  Strangely, it is not the Maltese Dog.  It is the Klieb tal-Fenek...the Pharaoh Dog.

6. NO HAND-IN-HAND

You would stand out as odd if you walked hand-in-hand with your friend, male-to-male or female-to-female in Malta.  You would be mistaken for gay couples.

7. STRANGE ATTITUDE

Sex involving a person with disability was viewed as a taboo in Malta.  The government has made several legislation's on this.  But attitudes toward it are slow to change.

8. THE DEAD IS SALTED

Salt is put in the stomach of the dead just before being buried.  This is known as being "salted for the pit."

9. SUPERNATURAL PORTALS

In a room where a dead body is kept, all mirrors are either covered or totally removed. Mirrors are believed to be supernatural portals for the dead.

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10. HOLIDAY LOVERS

They love holidaying to a fault.  They have the highest number of public holidays in Europe, totaling 14 altogether annually.

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