Malta is a southern European island country in the Mediterranean Sea. Its capital is Valletta. It joined the European Union in 2004, and the eurozone in 2008.
The official name of Malta is the Republic of Malta. With some 450,000 inhabitants on 316 square kilometres (122 square miles) of territory, it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It consists of an archipelago of several islands, of which only three are inhabited. This is an automatic compilation of DW content on Malta.
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Trapping wild birds is illegal in most countries of the European Union. But some countries – like Italy and France – still allow it as a hobby and for food. In Malta, hunting birds is a tradition that many men don’t want to give up. The government there is now proposing that traditional trappers become citizen scientists. But there are doubts that this will work.
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Three people have jumped into the Mediterranean near Malta from a stranded tanker. They were later rescued by the ship's crew, who first picked them up a month ago and have since struggled to find a place to disembark.