Malta

Comprises 3 islands in strategic location in Mediterranean; inhabited since 3800 BCE; ruled by Carthaginians (8th century BCE), Rome (until 395), Constantinople, Arabs (870) and Normans (1091); ceded to Hospitalers (Knights of St. John) in 1530; British by 1802; official languages are Maltese (a Semitic language of the Southern Central group) and English.

Quick Facts on Malta

Go Historic ID
36688
Names
Malta
Location
Population
460,891 (#174 in world) (2021 est.)
Languages
Maltese (official) 90.1%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.9%
Ethnic Groups
Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
Religions
Roman Catholic (official) 94%, atheist 4%, Muslim 2.6-6%, other Christian 1.3%, agnostic 1%, Judaism 200 persons (2018 est.)