|Population:||441,543 (175th Rank)|
|Size:||316 km² (206th Largest)|
|Language:||Maltese and English|
|Density:||1380 per Km2|
|National dish:||Stuffat tal-Fenek|
Malta is one of the world’s smallest countries, both in terms of land area and population. Despite its small size, it has two official languages: Maltese and English, making it a bilingual nation.
The Maltese archipelago is home to some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world, including the Megalithic Temples, which are older than the pyramids of Egypt. These temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer a glimpse into the country’s ancient history.
Malta has a rich maritime history, owing to its strategic location in the Mediterranean Sea. The Knights of St. John, also known as the Knights Hospitaller, played a significant role in shaping Malta’s history and their influence is evident in the architecture and culture of the country.
The Maltese Falcon, a sailing yacht that’s one of the largest privately-owned sailing yachts in the world, was named after Malta. The name also references the classic 1941 film and earlier novel, which were not directly related to Malta but added to the country’s mystique in popular culture.
Malta has a tradition of fireworks displays, particularly during the summer “festa” season which celebrates various patron saints. The island nation takes its fireworks seriously; there are even local clubs that compete to create the most stunning displays.