Country Fast Facts: Malta

































Malta



























(CBS)

Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814.



The island staunchly supported the UK through both World Wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964.



A decade later Malta became a republic.



Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination.



Malta is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.



It has been a member state of the European Union (EU) since 2004 and it is currently the smallest EU country in both population and area.



Source: CIA World Fact Book
















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