There are many museums in Valletta , but this is one of the most popular especially for those not all that interested in the arts/culture. It is situated in Fort St Elmo at the bottom of Valletta and has recently been completely renovated.
Despite Malta being so small it has many artistic treasures. Most of them are a legacy from the times of the Knights. Each Knight was expected to give a gift to the Order on being elected to a higher position and each would try and outdo the previous one.
Malta’s openness to international trade and investment has helped to restore economic growth to a healthy level, and the country has taken steps to enhance the competitiveness of its financial institutions. The banking sector is one of the soundest in Europe and has weathered the European sovereign debt turmoil relatively well with no need for capital injections.
Malta’s economic freedom score is 67.0, making its economy the 50th freest in the 2012 Index. Its overall score is 1.3 points higher than last year, with significant improvements in freedom from corruption, fiscal freedom, and the control of government spending.
The Republic of Malta is a small country covering a total area of 121 square miles. The estimated population of the country as of 2010 is 412,966.
Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Located in the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta, Valletta is a historical city with a population of 6,098. It was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.
Malta were granted independence, in 1964. Malta kept the Queen as head of state until 1974 and joined the Commonwealth.
Malta joined the European Union in 2004. The island nation is located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily.
For Malta, the Second World War began when the southern part of the island was bombed. It was attacked by the Italians, formerly their allies.
Although Malta is located in the in the sea, it was the site of significant World War II battles. Many didn't think the war would reach Malta when Mussolini declared war.