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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a republic on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964;
[syn: Malta, Republic of Malta]

2. a strategically located island to the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Malta \Malta\ n. 1. A country on the island of Malta. [WordNet 1.5] 2. An island south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. [WordNet 1.5]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

Malta n 1: a republic on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 [syn: Malta, Republic of Malta] 2: a strategically located island to the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea
CIA World Factbook 2002:

Malta Introduction Malta ------------------ Background: 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 freight transshipment point, financial center, and tourist destination. It is an official candidate for EU membership. Geography Malta --------------- Location: Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy) Geographic coordinates: 35 50 N, 14 35 E Map references: Europe Area: total: 316 sq km water: 0 sq km land: 316 sq km Area - comparative: slightly less than twice the size of Washington, DC Land boundaries: 0 km Coastline: 196.8 km (does not include 56.01 km for the island of Gozo) Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM territorial sea: 12 NM exclusive fishing zone: 25 NM continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation Climate: Mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers Terrain: mostly low, rocky, flat to dissected plains; many coastal cliffs Elevation extremes: lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m highest point: Ta'Dmejrek 253 m (near Dingli) Natural resources: limestone, salt, arable land Land use: arable land: 31.25% permanent crops: 3.13% other: 65.63% (1998 est.) Irrigated land: 20 sq km (1998 est.) Natural hazards: NA Environment - current issues: very limited natural fresh water resources; increasing reliance on desalination Environment - international party to: Air Pollution, agreements: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements Geography - note: the country comprises an archipelago, with only the three largest islands (Malta, Ghawdex or Gozo, and Kemmuna or Comino) being inhabited; numerous bays provide good harbors; Malta and Tunisia are discussing the commercial exploitation of the continental shelf between their countries, particularly for oil exploration People Malta ------------ Population: 397,499 (July 2002 est.) Age structure: 0-14 years: 19.7% (male 40,609; female 37,882) 15-64 years: 67.5% (male 135,047; female 133,207) 65 years and over: 12.8% (male 21,215; female 29,539) (2002 est.) Population growth rate: 0.73% (2002 est.) Birth rate: 12.76 births/1,000 population (2002 est.) Death rate: 7.77 deaths/1,000 population (2002 est.) Net migration rate: 2.36 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2002 est.) Sex ratio: at birth: 1.09 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.07 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.72 male(s)/ female total population: 0.98 male(s)/ female (2002 est.) Infant mortality rate: 5.72 deaths/1,000 live births (2002 est.) Life expectancy at birth: total population: 78.26 years female: 80.96 years (2002 est.) male: 75.78 years Total fertility rate: 1.91 children born/woman (2002 est.) HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 0.52% (1999 est.) HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA AIDS: HIV/AIDS - deaths: less than 100 (1999 est.) Nationality: noun: Maltese (singular and plural) adjective: Maltese Ethnic groups: Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians, with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock) Religions: Roman Catholic 91% Languages: Maltese (official), English (official) Literacy: definition: age 10 and over can read and write total population: 88.76% male: 86.91% female: 89.55% (1995 census) Government Malta ---------------- Country name: conventional long form: Republic of Malta conventional short form: Malta local short form: Malta local long form: Repubblika ta' Malta Government type: republic Capital: Valletta Administrative divisions: none (administered directly from Valletta) Independence: 21 September 1964 (from UK) National holiday: Independence Day, 21 September (1964) Constitution: 1964 constitution substantially amended on 13 December 1974 Legal system: based on English common law and Roman civil law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal Executive branch: chief of state: President Guido DE MARCO (since 4 April 1999) head of government: Prime Minister Eddie FENECH ADAMI (since 6 September 1998); Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence GONZI (since 4 April 1999) cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister elections: president elected by the House of Representatives for a five- year term; election last held NA April 1999 (next to be held by April 2004); following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the president for a five-year term; the deputy prime minister is appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister election results: Guido DE MARCO elected president; percent of House of Representatives vote - 54% Legislative branch: unicameral House of Representatives (usually 65 seats; note - additional seats are given to the party with the largest popular vote to ensure a legislative majority; members are elected by popular vote on the basis of proportional representation to serve five-year terms) elections: last held 5 September 1998 (next to be held by September 2003) election results: percent of vote by party - PN 51.8%, MLP 46.9%, AD 1.2%; seats by party - PN 35, MLP 30 Judicial branch: Constitutional Court; Court of Appeal; judges for both courts are appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister Political parties and leaders: Alternativa Demokratika/Alliance for Social Justice or AD [Harry VASSALLO]; Malta Labor Party or MLP [Alfred SANT]; Nationalist Party or PN [Edward FENECH ADAMI] Political pressure groups and NA leaders: International organization C, CCC, CE, EBRD, ECE, EU participation: (applicant), FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO, ITU, NAM, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador George SALIBA consulate(s): New York FAX: [1] (202) 387-5470 telephone: [1] (202) 462-3611, 3612 chancery: 2017 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008 Diplomatic representation from the chief of mission: Ambassador Anthony US: H. GIOIA embassy: 3rd Floor, Development House, Saint Anne Street, Floriana, Malta VLT 01 mailing address: P. O. Box 535, Valletta, Malta, CMR 01 telephone: [356] 235960 through 235965 FAX: [356] 243229 Flag description: two equal vertical bands of white (hoist side) and red; in the upper hoist-side corner is a representation of the Saint George Cross, edged in red Economy Malta ------------- Economy - overview: Major resources are limestone, a favorable geographic location, and a productive labor force. Malta produces only about 20% of its food needs, has limited freshwater supplies, and has no domestic energy sources. The economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing (especially electronics and textiles), and tourism. Malta is privatizing state-controlled firms and liberalizing markets in order to prepare for membership in the European Union and is expected to complete EU accession negotiations in 2002. The island is divided politically, however, over the question of joining the EU. GDP: purchasing power parity - $5.95 billion (2001 est.) GDP - real growth rate: 4% (2001 est.) GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $15,000 (2001 est.) GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 2.8% industry: 25.5% services: 71.7% (1999) Population below poverty line: NA% Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA% percentage share: highest 10%: NA% Inflation rate (consumer prices): 2.8% (2001 est.) Labor force: 147,700 (2000) Labor force - by occupation: industry 24%, services 71%, agriculture 5% (1999 est.) Unemployment rate: 4.5% (2000) Budget: revenues: $1.5 billion expenditures: $1.6 billion, including capital expenditures of $NA (2000) Industries: tourism; electronics, ship building and repair, construction; food and beverages, textiles, footwear, clothing, tobacco Industrial production growth rate: NA% Electricity - production: 1.75 billion kWh (2000) Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100% hydro: 0% other: 0% (2000) nuclear: 0% Electricity - consumption: 1.628 billion kWh (2000) Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000) Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000) Agriculture - products: potatoes, cauliflower, grapes, wheat, barley, tomatoes, citrus, cut flowers, green peppers; pork, milk, poultry, eggs Exports: $2.5 billion (f.o.b., 2000) Exports - commodities: machinery and transport equipment, manufactures Exports - partners: US 27.3%, Germany 9.6%, France 8%, UK 7.3%, Italy 3.4% (2000) Imports: $3.1 billion (f.o.b., 2000) Imports - commodities: machinery and transport equipment, manufactured and semi-manufactured goods; food, drink, and tobacco Imports - partners: France 19.2%, Italy 16.3%, US 10.7%, UK 8.1%, Germany 8.1% (2000) Debt - external: $130 million (1997) Economic aid - recipient: $NA Currency: Maltese lira (MTL) Currency code: MTL Exchange rates: Maltese liri per US dollar - 0.4542 (January 2002), 0.4499 (2001), 0.4376 (2000), 0.3994 (1999), 0.3885 (1998), 0.3857 (1997) Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March Communications Malta -------------------- Telephones - main lines in use: 187,000 (1997) Telephones - mobile cellular: 17,691 (1997) Telephone system: general assessment: automatic system satisfies normal requirements domestic: submarine cable and microwave radio relay between islands international: 2 submarine cables; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 18, shortwave 6 (1999) Radios: 255,000 (1997) Television broadcast stations: 6 (2000) Televisions: 280,000 (1997) Internet country code: .mt Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 2 (2000) Internet users: 40,000 (2000) Transportation Malta -------------------- Railways: 0 km Highways: total: 1,742 km paved: 1,677 km unpaved: 65 km (1997) Waterways: none Ports and harbors: Marsaxlokk, Valletta Merchant marine: total: 1,323 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 27,208,819 GRT/ 44,617,877 DWT note: includes some foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: Australia 4, Austria 6, Bangladesh 1, Belgium 3, Bulgaria 19, Canada 2, China 16, Croatia 14, Cuba 1, Cyprus 7, Denmark 3, Estonia 5, Finland 1, Germany 54, Greece 627, Hong Kong 12, Iceland 3, India 10, Iran 2, Israel 26, Italy 36, Japan 2, Latvia 24, Lebanon 6, Monaco 29, Netherlands 10, Nigeria 2, Norway 43, Poland 29, Portugal 2, Romania 15, Russia 85, Saudi Arabia 1, Slovenia 2, South Korea 5, Spain 1, Switzerland 54, Syria 4, Turkey 84, Ukraine 25, United Arab Emirates 3, United Kingdom 4, United States 10 (2002 est.) ships by type: bulk 440, cargo 334, chemical tanker 54, combination bulk 10, combination ore/oil 12, container 75, liquefied gas 4, livestock carrier 3, multi- functional large-load carrier 1, passenger 6, passenger/cargo 1, petroleum tanker 270, refrigerated cargo 39, roll on/roll off 45, short-sea passenger 9, specialized tanker 3, vehicle carrier 17 Airports: 1 (2001) Airports - with paved runways: total: 1 over 3,047 m: 1 (2001) Military Malta -------------- Military branches: Armed Forces (including land forces [with subordinate air squadron and maritime squadron] and the Revenue Security Corps), Maltese Police Force Military manpower - availability: males age 15-49: 99,107 (2002 est.) Military manpower - fit for military males age 15-49: 78,909 (2002 est.) service: Military expenditures - dollar $60 million (2000 est.) figure: Military expenditures - percent of 1.7% (2000) GDP: Transnational Issues Malta -------------------------- Disputes - international: none Illicit drugs: minor transshipment point for hashish from North Africa to Western Europe
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Malta, MT -- U.S. city in Montana Population (2000): 2120 Housing Units (2000): 1067 Land area (2000): 1.056791 sq. miles (2.737075 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.056791 sq. miles (2.737075 sq. km) FIPS code: 47425 Located within: Montana (MT), FIPS 30 Location: 48.355496 N, 107.871361 W ZIP Codes (1990): 59538 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Malta, MT Malta
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Malta, ID -- U.S. city in Idaho Population (2000): 177 Housing Units (2000): 75 Land area (2000): 1.421887 sq. miles (3.682670 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.421887 sq. miles (3.682670 sq. km) FIPS code: 50230 Located within: Idaho (ID), FIPS 16 Location: 42.309305 N, 113.370498 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Malta, ID Malta
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Malta, OH -- U.S. village in Ohio Population (2000): 696 Housing Units (2000): 318 Land area (2000): 0.310566 sq. miles (0.804362 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.031503 sq. miles (0.081592 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.342069 sq. miles (0.885954 sq. km) FIPS code: 46970 Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39 Location: 39.650509 N, 81.864421 W ZIP Codes (1990): 43758 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Malta, OH Malta
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Malta, IL -- U.S. village in Illinois Population (2000): 969 Housing Units (2000): 389 Land area (2000): 0.375004 sq. miles (0.971255 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.375004 sq. miles (0.971255 sq. km) FIPS code: 46279 Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17 Location: 41.929243 N, 88.861743 W ZIP Codes (1990): 60150 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Malta, IL Malta