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10 facts about Malta

  1. 1. Malta was a British colony for more than 160 years. This is the main reason why English is the second official language of the country and is widely spoken by the population. Malta is considered to be one of the best places to study English because it combines interactive teaching, a large native-speaking population, great weather, sea, sun and fun, competitive prices and good accessibility.
  2. 2. There are, on average, 300 sunny days per year in Malta. The sun shines more than 3,000 hours each year, one of the highest rates in Europe.  Malta enjoys warm, sunny weather most of the year which attracts a lot of tourists. The temperature never goes below zero and is 26°C on average in summer and 15°C in winter during the day.
  3. 3. Malta is one of the safest places in the world – according to a United Nations report Malta is listed in second place in terms of safety after Qatar. The index is based on 4 factors: exposure to natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods, level of infrastructure, governance and adaptive capacities to future climate change. Malta also has a very low crime rate for both violent and petty crime. The fatal road accidents rate is also extremely low. Tourists are usually advised to be careful with their belongings and when crossing streets as driving is on the left like in the UK.
  4. 4. Knights of St. John – Maltese history, culture and architecture owe a lot to the famous Knights of St. John (also known as the Order of Hospitallers and Maltese Knights). The Order came to Malta in 1530 and over the centuries invested vast amounts of effort and resources into the island’s military power, education and health care. They also built the fortifications of Valletta – at the time it was the most advanced fortress in the world.
  5. 5. Maltese sea water is in the TOP-3 cleanest in Europe. Malta consistently ranks in the top positions for the cleanest bathing waters in the EU and has been given a star by the European Commission. Every single one of its 87 bathing sites reach EU standards and most of them have been given top marks and rated "excellent". Maltese waters are incredibly beautiful, featuring memorable shades of deep blue and turquoise.
  6. 6. Malta has 6 months of summer.  Maybe not officially but Maltese summer – the time when you enjoy swimming and sunbathing – starts in early May and ends in late October. Seawater reaches comfortable temperatures in June and gets gradually warmer up to October. Visiting Malta in summer is a must for anyone who wishes to escape the dreaded cold of the Northern countries.  
  7. 7. Around 75,000 people came to Malta to study English in 2013. Students of all nations, ages and levels are welcome in Malta. The top nationalities in 2013 were Italy, Russia and Germany and the largest proportion of language students fell within the 18 to 25 age group. Studying English in Malta is becoming more and more popular every year and the number of students is steadily growing.
  8. 8. Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world and the fifth smallest in Europe at only 316 km2.  It is also one of the most densely populated countries with more than 452,000 residents. Malta is a Parliamentary Republic. It is an archipelago consisting of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino.
  9. 9. The Megalithic Temples of Malta are the oldest free-standing structures on Earth - older than Stonehenge.  There are eleven prehistoric monuments of which seven are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These temples were the result of several phases of construction from around  3000 to 2200 BC.
  10. 10. Malta's capital city, Valletta, is going to be the European Capital of Culture 2018. During 2018, Valletta will be organising a number of events that will serve as inspiration to other cities based on different cultural elements.