About Malta

Location


Malta is situated right in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, which is why it is rich in culture, having a taste of the different types of Mediterranean countries which makes it so unique. Since Malta is located in such a central area, many airlines regularly fly to Malta making it much easier to get here The Republic of Malta consists of Malta, Gozo, Comino and two small uninhabited islands, and is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Malta is 93km away from Sicily and 290km from North Africa. Physical Features

Malta has an area of 246 sq km and is made up of a low plateau which descends gradually to the plain in the south-eastern part of the Island. Gozo, Malta's sister island (67 sq.km), lies just 6.4km to the north-west. The longest distance across Malta is 27km, and the widest is 14km. The corresponding figures for Gozo are14km and 7km respectively. Malta has no mountains but a series of terraced fields on the slopes characterizes the Islands. Malta's coastline is well indented with natural harbours, sandy beaches and flat rock coves.

The people


Throughout Malta's long and chequered history, Malta's people came into contact with the many nations that dominated the Mediterranean. These relationships with people of so many different cultures made the Maltese amongst the most cosmopolitan people in the world. The people of Malta have developed and maintained characteristics which distinguish them as a peace-loving nation with a strong sense of hospitality. Another characteristic is their joviality which springs mainly from the agreeable, warm climate with sunshine throughout the year. For the same reason, the Maltese enjoy very high standards of health. The national language is the Maltese language, however, both Maltese and English are official languages. Freedom of worship is guaranteed by the Constitution. Whilst the great majority of Maltese profess the Catholic Faith, other religious denominations have their place of worship in Malta.

Tourism


Malta's natural scenic wealth, high standards of health, a most agreeable climate, political stability and the friendliness of its people have turned it into an all year round holiday destination. The tourist sector is the most important sectors of the Maltese economy. The British market is Malta's main source of supply with just less than half that figure visiting the Islands.

The three Maltese Islands are very unique to each other. Malta is the most commercialised and modern with wonderful complexes such as Portomaso and soon Tigne Point. Gozo is more tranquil having a lot of greenery and country sides. Comino is most famous for its beaches such as The Blue Lagoon. No one can actually live there, however it is fantastic for a quick get-a-way at its luxury Hotel.

The Climate


The climate is warm and healthy with mild, moist winters and dry, hot summers. Frost and snow are unknown. Rain falls only for very short periods, averaging 580mm in a whole year. Temperatures for the November - April average 14°C , and 23°C for the May - October period. Average daily sunshine hours for winter are 6.5 hours, and for summer 10.5 hours. The hottest period is from mid-July to mid-September. Malta's perennial sunshine and unpolluted sea make it a holiday destination to which tourists like to return year after year.

Cost of Living


As compared to other countries, Malta is considered as a country having one of the lowest costs of living in Europe. Foodstuffs, clothing and furniture are very reasonably priced. Services like water, electricity, telephone and gas are also very reasonable. No rates are charged in Malta. Public transport is also extremely reasonable since a bus ride is €0.50.

Education


The Maltese Educational system is a very structural one, with three main levels of education. The first level includes 12 years at either a public, private or church school, where children will sit for 'O Levels'. The minimum amount of 5 O levels is required to go to 6th form.

After the 'O Levels', students continue their studies at 6th form where 'A Levels' are taken. The standard structure of 'A levels' is; 2 A Level subjects, 3 intermediate subjects and Systems of Knowledge which is a compulsory cultural subject. This level has duration of 2 years.

Once students sit and pass their 'A Levels', they have two choices; either to go to Mcast or The University of Malta, both have a very high standard of education

 

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