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    FACT FILE Location: 95 kms south of Sicily and 290 kms from the North African coast Structure: Archipelago comprising Malta (main island), as well as Gozo and Comino Malta: Length:  27.359 kms Width: 14.480 kms Gozo: Length: 14.484 kms Width: 7.242 kms Malta: Shoreline:  196.80 kms Gozo: Shoreline:  56.01 kms Total Land Area:  316 kms² Climate:  Mediterranean: mild winters and hot, dry summer Time zone:  GMT +1 Daylight Saving Time: +1 hr beginning last Sunday in March and ends last Sunday in October Capital City:  Valletta Population:  410,290* (as at end 2007) Language:   Maltese English is also recognised as an official language, Italian is widely spoken EU Member:   Since May 2004 Local currency:  Euro (adopted on 1st January 2008) Principal Religion:  Roman Catholic Other religious denominations are also represented with places of worship Head of State:  President – George Abela Head of Government:  Prime Minister – Dr Joseph Muscat Ruling Party:  Labour Party International dialing code:   +356 Internet:   Domain suffix for Malta is  .mt Weights & Measures:  Metric Electricity Supply:  Conforms to UK standards (230 volts AC, 50 Hz). UK style three-pin plugs and sockets are used. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

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