COUNTRY IN FOCUS: MALTA

COUNTRY IN FOCUS: MALTA

FACTS AND FIGURES

Basic Facts
Official name Republic of Malta
 
Capital Valletta
 
Area 316 sq km
  122 sq mi
 
 
 
People
Population 403,532 (2008 estimate)
 
Population growth
Population growth rate 0.41 percent (2008 estimate)
 
 
Projected population in 2025 421,239 (2025 estimate)
 
 
Projected population in 2050 395,639 (2050 estimate)
 
 
 
Population density 1,277 persons per sq km (2008 estimate)
  3,307 persons per sq mi (2008 estimate)
 
 
 
Urban/rural distribution
Share urban 92 percent (2005 estimate)
 
 
Share rural 8 percent (2005 estimate)
 
 
 
Largest cities, with population  
Birkirkara 22,435 (2004 estimate)
 
 
Qormi 18,547 (2004 estimate)
 
 
Mosta 18,070 (2004 estimate)
 
 
Żabbar 15,134 (2004 estimate)
 
 
Rabat 12,877 (1997 estimate)
 
 
 
Ethnic groups
Maltese 96 percent
 
 
British 2 percent
 
 
Other (including Sicilian, French, Spanish, and Italian) 2 percent
 
 
 
Languages
Maltese (official), English (official), Italian
 
 
Religious affiliations
Roman Catholic 95 percent
 
 
Nonreligious 1 percent
 
 
Other 4 percent
 
 
 
Health and Education
Life expectancy  
Total 79.3 years (2008 estimate)
 
 
Female 81.6 years (2008 estimate)
 
 
Male 77.1 years (2008 estimate)
 
 
 
Infant mortality rate 4 deaths per 1,000 live births (2008 estimate)
 
Population per physician 258 people (2006)
 
Population per hospital bed 208 people (2003)
 
Literacy rate
Total 93.4 percent (2005 estimate)
 
 
Female 94.4 percent (2005 estimate)
 
 
Male 92.4 percent (2005 estimate)
 
 
 
Education expenditure as a share of gross national product (GNP) 4.6 percent (2002-2003)
 
Number of years of compulsory schooling 11 years (2002-2003)
 
Number of students per teacher, primary school 18 students per teacher (2002-2003)
 
Government
Form of government Parliamentary democracy
 
Voting qualifications Universal at age 18
 
Constitution
1964 constitution substantially amended on 13 December 1974
 
 
Armed forces
Total number of military personnel 2,237 (2004)
 
 
Military expenditures as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) 2.1 percent (2003)
 
 
 
Economy
Gross domestic product (GDP, in U.S.$) $6.4 billion (2006)
 
GDP per capita (U.S.$) $15,702.80 (2006)
 
GDP by economic sector
Agriculture, forestry, fishing 3.2 percent (1993)
 
 
Industry 34.9 percent (1993)
 
 
Services 62 percent (1993)
 
 
 
Employment
Number of workers 175,637 (2006)
 
 
 
Workforce share of economic sector
Agriculture, forestry, fishing 2 percent (2004)
 
 
Industry 29 percent (2004)
 
 
Services 68 percent (2004)
 
 
Unemployment rate 7.2 percent (2004)
 
 
 
National budget (U.S.$)
Total revenue $2,425 million (2006)
 
 
Total expenditure $2,672 million (2006)
 
 
 
Monetary unit
1 euro (€), consisting of 100 cents
 
 
Major trade partners for exports
United States, Germany, Singapore, France, and United Kingdom
 
 
Major trade partners for imports
Italy, France, Singapore, Japan, and United Kingdom
 
 

 

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