Maltese Flag

Coat Of Arms & The George Cross


The national Flag of Malta consists of two equal vertical stripes,
white in the hoist and red in the fly. A representation of the George Cross,
awarded to Malta by His Majesty King George VI on the 15th April 1942,
is carried, edged with red, in the canton of the white stripe.

According to tradition, the National Colors were given to the Maltese by Count Roger in 1090.
Roger the Norman had landed in Malta to oust the Arabs from the Island.
Out of regard for their hospitality Roger gave the Maltese part of the pennant of the Hautevilles to serve as their colors.


The Maltese Coat-of-Arms consists of a shield showing a heraldic representation of the National Flag of Malta.
Above the shield there is a mural crown in gold with sally port and eight turrets (five only being visible),
representing the fortifications of Malta and denoting a City State.

Around the shield there is a wreath of two branches, the left of olive, the right of palm,
symbols of peace and traditionally associated with Malta,
all in their proper colors, tied at the base with a white ribbon,
backed with red and upon which are written the words
"Repubblika ta' Malta" (Republic of Malta) in capital letters in black.

A representation of the George Cross,
awarded to Malta by His Majesty King George VI on the 15th April 1942,
is carried, edged with red, in the canton of the white stripe

Malta is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with about 1,160 inhabitants per square kilometer (3,000 per sq. mi.).Malta is approximately 17 miles long, and 9 miles wide, while the island of Gozo is roughly 9 miles by 5 miles. This compares with about 21 per square kilometer (55 per sq. mi.) for the United States. Visitors to Malta are invariably struck by the rare sense of hospitality and friendliness of the Maltese people.  
. The Maltese welcome the company of foreigners and being helpful to them comes naturally. Also, they take great interest in what is happening in the rest of the world, and, with their flair for languages, communication with visitors is easy. they have an admirable sense of humour


 The longest distance in Malta from south-east to north-west is about 27 km and, at its widest point in an east west direction, measures 14.5 km. 
 Malta has neither mountains nor rivers. The island is characterised by a series of low hills with terraced fields on the slopes. 
 Malta's coastline has many harbours, bays, creeks, sandy beaches, and rocky coves. The length of Malta's shoreline is 137 km. 
Population : 405,500
Capital : Valletta 
Main Seaport : Grand Harbour, Valletta. 
Airport : Luqa (6 km from Valletta)


 Gozo, the island of the nymph Calypso, is smaller than its sister island Malta and has a character quite distinct from it.  The countryside is greener and more spectacular. Flat-topped hills characterise the landscape whilst the coast has rugged cliffs, penetrated by steep valleys and beautiful bays. Gozo is more rustic and quieter than Malta. It is 14.54 km long and 7.2 km at its widest point and its shoreline measures 43 km. 
Population : 25,000 
Capital : Rabat (victoria) 
Main Seaport : Mgarr 
There is no airport on Gozo 


 Comino is the smallest island in the Maltese archipelago. Only a handful of farmers live there; neither cars nor other noisy activities disturb the peace of this little paradise. There is only one cosy beach hotel. If you are in your element in or beside the sea, then Comino is ideal. The many bays and rocks in Comino and the crystal-clear waters are ideal for any kind of water sports, especially snorkelling and diving. There is a regular ferry service to Malta and Gozo