Off the coast of Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea, lie three small islands that make up the country of Malta. Malta and Gozo are the two main islands. Comino is a smaller island.
People have lived here for thousands of years. There are underground dungeons and rooms, churches and amphitheaters built by the Romans. The island is rocky and the soil is poor, but the country has been a strong shipping region for centuries. Boats traveling between Africa and Europe stop here.
Malta attracts many tourists who come for its sunny beaches, architecture and culture.
Fun Facts about Malta for Kids
- Valletta is the capital of Malta.
- The country has 124 square miles of land.
- 400,000 people live here.
- The people speak Maltese and English.
- 98 percent of people are Christian – mostly Catholic.
- Malta has a multiparty democracy.
- Malta has its own money – the lira.
- 87 percent of adults can read.
- People can expect to live 78 years here.
- Dungeon: a place to hold prisoners
- Amphitheater: a large, open area for concerts or games
- Region: area
- Architecture: buildings
Learn More All about Malta
Here’s a great video for kids about Malta:
A documentary all about Malta at present and it’s cultural sites.
Question: Has Malta always been a free country?
Answer: Because Malta lies unprotected in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, it has been conquered many times. Anciently, it was ruled by the Byzantines, Phoenicians, Romans, Normans and Aragonese. St. Paul was shipwrecked here and brought Christianity. Napoleon invaded Malta on his way to Egypt, but Great Britain saved the country. Malta belonged to Britain until 1964.
Map of Malta
Here’s a map of the country of Malta and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Malta! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Malta, as though you are actually there!