Malta Introduction 2001
SOURCE: 2001 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
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. Over the last 15 years, the island has become a major freight transshipment point, financial center, and tourist destination. It is an official candidate for EU membership.
NOTE: The information regarding Malta on this page is re-published from the 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Malta Introduction 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malta Introduction 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.