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Country Fast Facts: Malta


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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.

Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination.

Malta is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

It has been a member state of the European Union (EU) since 2004 and it is currently the smallest EU country in both population and area.

Source: CIA World Fact Book

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