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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

Aljazeera.com 
Malta has said a vessel carrying anti-migrant and anti-refugee activists was "not welcome", allegedly denying the boat from docking on its shore. Far-right members of the Defend Europe group, who were aboard the C-Star vessel, said they were denied ... See more..
Malta Independent Online 
The Maltese police are issuing an International Arrest Warrant for the partner of a woman who had her baby forcibly aborted last April allegedly by him and three accomplices, a police spokesperson has informed this newspaper. “The police force is doing ... See more..
Times of Malta 
On August 11, Fitch, one of the top three international rating agencies, upgraded Malta's sovereign credit rating to A+ from A. This is good news and generally reflects the strength of the local economy, coupled with improving dynamics on the debt-to ... See more..
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Times of Malta 
The Russian Orthodox community in Malta has applied to build a church, the first of its kind on the island, in Kappara, but will be facing opposition from local residents. The St Paul the Apostle Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church, a community of ... See more..
Malta Independent Online 
While horse-drawn carriages (karozzin) have attracted some of the worst publicity of all Maltese traditions, The Malta Independent on Sunday has investigated how most of the men who operate such services treat their livelihood/hefty investments – and ... See more..
The Times 
A Malta-based motor insurer has entered the Irish market, ending a three-year standoff during which the Central Bank of Ireland effectively blacklisted the offshore financial centre following the collapse of Setanta Insurance. R&Q Insurance, owned by ... See more..
Malta Independent Online 
The knife attack in western Finland that left two people dead and seven others wounded is "a likely terror act," Finland's intelligence agency said Saturday, while police said Europol was investigating if it had any ties to deadly vehicle attacks in Spain. See more..
MaltaToday 
Defend Europe anti-humanitarian vigilante boat C-Star is sailing close to Malta, reportedly sailing back to Cyprus. See more..
Malta Independent Online 
A missing imam and a house that exploded days ago became the focus Saturday of the investigation into an extremist cell responsible for two deadly attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort, as authorities narrowed in on who radicalized a group of young ... See more..
Times of Malta 
Air Berlin carried no passengers to Malta this year, a spokeswoman for the Malta Tourism Authority told Times of Malta. The airline, Germany's second largest, filed for insolvency after key shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew funding following years of ... 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