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Malta
Capital:
Valletta
Population:
396,851 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
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 became an EU member in May of 2004.
Government type:
republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $7.082 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
120,000 (2002)
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