- country on a group of islands in the Mediterranean, south of Sicily: a former British colony, it became independent & a member of the Commonwealth (1964): 122 sq mi (316 sq km); pop. 376,000; cap. Valletta
- main island of this group: 95 sq mi (246 sq km)
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Malta - Cultural Definition
Republic in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, made up of five small islands.
- Malta, strategically located, has belonged to a succession of civilizations, including the ancient Greeks and the Roman Empire. In 1800, the British established control of Malta, which, since its independence in 1964, has continued to maintain close ties with Britain.