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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.

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Before paved roads... In the past, soil roads were often whipped up by the merchants and horses that created clouds of dusts full of viruses and bacteria. Up until last century, people were paid to w...
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People in Gozo leave their keys on their house door. This is a habit from the 50's when a wave of emigration saw numerous men leaving the island to Australia, US or Canada. The women used to leave the...
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La Vallette's city Valletta got its name from Jean de La Vallette, the Grandmaster who built it. However, he died during the construction so he never saw his city completed....
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The living habits of the young Most of the Maltese young people live with their parents until they get married....
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Red, white and The George Cross The flag of Malta has to vertical strips, white in the hoist and red on the outside part. On the top left corner of the white stripe, there is a representation of The ...
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So little space, so many people With 1,318 people per km2, Malta has one of the highest population densities in Europe and ranked as fourth sovereign state in the world – after Singapore, Mon...
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The cross awarded "For Gallantry" The George Cross on the Flag was given to Malta by His Majesty King George VI of the United Kingdom on the 15th April, 1942 for the bravery that the Maltese people s...
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Nine heritage wonders of the World There are nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malta: Valletta, Grand Harbour, Victoria Lines and the Great Fault, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Megalithic Temples of Malta...
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More than a million tourist arrivals annually Malta receives almost triple of its population in tourist arrivals per year: from slightly more than 414,000 people working and living on the island to...
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Oldest free-standing structures in the World The oldest temples in Malta go back 5600 years. That’s even older than the pyramids of Egypt!...
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