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Domestic abuse and violence against women are significant concerns in Malta, and a 2010 survey indicated that approximately 25% of women in Malta had been abused by their husband or partner.1 Additionally, Maltaâ's rates of domestic abuse have doubled in the past three years.2

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1http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20130308/local/-Domestic-violence-means-more-than-physical-harm-.460686
2http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20131130/local/Domestic-violence-doubles-in-3-years.496861
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Malta News

Malta Independent Online 
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Malta Independent Online 
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Times of Malta 
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Malta Independent Online 
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Times of Malta 
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A Place in the Sun 
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Times of Malta 
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Times of Malta 
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Malta Independent Online 
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Times of Malta 
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Geography

Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy)
Area

Total 316 sq km
Land 316 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers ;
Natural Resources

limestone, salt, arable land ;
Natural Hazards

NA
Current Environmental Issues

limited natural freshwater resources; increasing reliance on desalination ;

Demographics

Nationality
Maltese
Population
411,277 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups
Languages
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Finances

Malta - the smallest economy in the euro zone - produces only about 20% of its food needs, has limited fresh water supplies, and has few domestic energy sources. Malta's geographic position between Europe and North Africa makes it a target for irregular migration, which has strained Malta's political and economic resources. Malta''s fertility rate is below the EU average, and population growth in recent years has largely been from immigration, putting increasing pressure on the pension system. Malta adopted the euro on 1 January 2008. Malta''s economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing, and tourism, and was hurt by ...See More the global economic downturn. Malta has low unemployment relative to other European countries, and growth has recovered since the 2009 recession. Malta''s financial services industry has grown in recent years and it has avoided contagion from the European financial crisis, largely because its debt is mostly held domestically and its banks have low exposure to the sovereign debt of peripheral European countries. Malta reduced its deficit below 3 percent of GDP, leading the EU to dismiss its official excessive deficit procedure against Malta in 2012. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$11.45 billion (2012 est.); $11.35 billion (2011 est.); $11.16 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

12.7% of GDP (2012 est.); 12.8% of GDP (2011 est.); 12% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

potatoes, cauliflower, grapes, wheat, barley, tomatoes, citrus, cut flowers, green peppers; pork, milk, poultry, eggs
Industries

tourism, electronics, ship building and repair, construction, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, footwear, clothing, tobacco, aviation services, financial services, information technology services