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Fun facts and curious information about Malta to boost your knowledge of the island

Do you know Malta's ancient name? Or the legend of St. Paul and the snake?

Malta has plenty of curious facts that you won’t probably find in your tourist guide, from customs to proverbs, passing from one generation to the next through legends, historical and religious beliefs. Malta is unique with regards to so many aspects!

Browse the list below to learn more about Malta's facts and curious information.

Facts list (36)

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The passion of the people Maltese people kill for three things: Religion, politics, and the Eurovision....
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When the right side is left In Malta, they neither drive on the right, nor on the left; they drive in the shade....
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Every day there's somewhere to pray There are around 365 churches on the Maltese Islands...One for every day of the year!...
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Trees from the times of Jesus Christ Malta is the home of around 60 tree species, many of which are quite rare and have to be protected. The oldest trees in Malta are olive trees found in Bidnija goi...
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Do you speak Maltese? Maltese, spoken by some less than a million people worldwide, was recognized as an official language of the European Union, greatly disappointing the Catalans who didn’t m...
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Limited freshwater supplies In Malta there are no mountains and no rivers, and even if the island is surrounded by sea water, freshwater supply is limited; as they say, “Water, water everywhere...
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Malta is pro life, no matter what Abortion is illegal in Malta, as is the morning-after pill. There are no doctors or facilities who could perform such operations in Malta....
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Why the Maltese were against the French Napoleon invaded Malta in 1798, and the French ruled the islands for a very short time. They stole valuables from various churches and the Maltese certainly di...
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Is Malta really the city of Atlantis? A submerged archway and underwater structures have been discovered off the coast of Malta and lead to believe tha Malta was in fact the the legendary city of Atl...
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Legends
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Yes, no, I don't know Malta joined the EU in 2004, after 14 years of negotiations and a referendum that followed a lengthy campaign that divided the Maltese nation in half....
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History