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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 
7 May will mark the 10th anniversary of FinanceMalta. In fact, Malta had only been a member of the EU for a few years when the industry felt the need to initiate the process to set up a body that would be tasked to communicate Malta's value proposition ... See more..
Malta Independent Online 
Since Malta is currently holding the EU presidency, an early general election will further tarnish Malta's credibility with the rest of the EU member states. This will impinge negatively on the well-being of our society. The result of an early general ... See more..
Telegraph.co.uk 
The Knights of Malta elected a new leader in Rome on Saturday in a bid to end a bitter internal feud that led to Pope Francis' personal intervention in the ancient Catholic chivalric order. Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto was named ... See more..
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MaltaToday 
Strongly hinting that Malta will be going to the polls, Muscat said: “These are the choices that the electorate needs to keep in mind: the choices are about work, the economy, the spending money and the standard of living. Who do you trust to keep this ... See more..
Times of Malta 
Members from Alegria Academia and Alegria Dance Company recently returned from the annual Festival de Flamenco in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. A feast for flamenco afficionados, the festival incorporates workshops in all levels, with daily performances ... See more..
Times of Malta 
Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar and Attorney General Peter Grech received information nearly a year ago that Keith Schembri may have received ... See more..
Times of Malta 
The Malta rugby national team secured top spot in the Conference 1 South when they battled to a 14-14 draw against Croatia in Zagreb yesterday. Coming into ... See more..
Times of Malta 
The historical occasion when the statue of St Publius (left) was taken to Valletta for a unique meeting with the statue of St Paul. However, this was not the first time the two statues met, as on the occasions of two Papal visits to Malta, St Paul's ... See more..
Times of Malta 
In the account, also published in The Malta Independent, the mother-of-two, who is married to a Greek man, describes how they arrived here in December 2015. She began work as executive assistant to Seyed Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, the owner of Pilatus ... See more..
Times of Malta 
Air Malta is reconnecting Malta to North Africa following the restart of scheduled services between the island and Tunis Carthage Airport from June 26. “We are ... See more..
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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.)
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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