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Malta Country Report

Overview

INTRODUCTION

The small Mediterranean island nation of Malta (population 412,000), situated near the Italian island of Sicily, has become a very popular tourist destination in recent years. This republic continues to offer very good conditions for travel.

POLITICS

The population of this Mediterranean island elected Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca to the presidency in April 2014; the next presidential election is set for 2019.

CRIME

While crime rates are low, pickpockets often operate at tourist sites and travelers should therefore take to a few basic precautionary measures (always keep an eye on your belongings, etc.). Similarly, avoid walking around secluded neighborhoods in the capital Valetta and the town of Victoria at night.

NATURAL RISKS

Despite being located in a seismic zone (along the Pantelleria fault line; active volcanoes are also present in nearby Sicily as well as on the southern Italian mainland), earthquakes are relatively rare and tend to be weak.

Beach-goers should be aware that some coastal areas are home to dangerously strong currents.

HEALTH

The quality of medical and hotel infrastructure on the island is generally high.

OTHER

Malta has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and is a member of the visa- and border checkpoint-free Schengen Area. It adopted the euro as its currency in 2008.

Finally, foreign visitors should note that water supply cuts occur from time to time. While subject to occasional power cuts in the past, an underwater cable to mainland Europe will now serve as a backup if the country’s domestic power system is overloaded.

Climate

Malta has a Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers tempered by ocean breezes. Winters are mild and sunny. Temperatures can reach up to 40°C in July and August and usually hover around 15°C in the winter months. The country experiences a relatively rainy season between November and February, but annual levels of precipitation are generally low.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +356 Police: 112 Fire Dept.: 112 Ambulance: 112

Electricity

Voltage: 240 V ~ 50 Hz

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