Chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2018, Valletta is the capital city for the Republic of Malta.
The Southern European island country joined the European Union on May 1, 2004. Valletta continues to be the smallest capital city of any EU member state.
Malta exported US$4 billion worth of products around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Maltese exports include refined petroleum oils, medicines, electronics components, aircraft parts and toys according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Valletta, Malta: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Lascaris War Rooms, Church of Saint Paul’s Shipwreck, Valletta Waterfront, Lower Barrakka Gardens and the National Museum of Archaeology
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Valletta, Malta:
- Paul Tisdale, soccer/football coach (born Jan. 14, 1973)
- Vincent Apap, sculptor (born Nov. 13, 1909)
- Nicholas de Piro, palace owner & nobleman (born Aug. 21, 1941)
- Gemma Portelli, actress (born Sep. 30, 1932)
- Albert Galea, film production manager & consultant (born Jun. 2, 1970)
- Esprit Barthet, artist (born Oct. 6, 1919)
- Enrico Mizzi, former prime minister (born Sep. 20, 1885)
- Giuseppe Calì, painter (born Aug. 14, 1846)
- Italo Raniolo, engineer (born Sep. 1, 1934)
- Mro Malfeggiani, musician & composer (born 1828)
- Emvin Cremona, artist & stamp designer (born May 27, 1919)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Malta: Maltese
Population: 300,000 (Valletta)
Density: 8,571 people per square mile (3,309 per square kilometer)
Population: 415,196 (Malta)
Density: 3,403 people per square mile (1,314 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$16.32 billion in 2016 (for Malta, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $37,900
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Valletta were unavailable.
Official currency used in Valletta: euro
Azure, 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Malta’s Capital City. Accessed on January 17, 2017
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 17, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 17, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Valletta. Accessed on January 17, 2017
The World Factbook, Europe: Malta, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 17, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 17, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Valletta. Accessed on January 17, 2017
Wikipedia, Malta. Accessed on January 17, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, Valletta’s built-up urban land area measures 35 square miles (91 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 300,000 inhabitants in 2015.
Malta’s national population was 415,196 people at July 2016 living over 122 square miles (316 square kilometers).
Population density is higher within Malta’s capital city Valletta with an average 8,600 residents per square mile (3,300 per square kilometer).
At the country island level, density diminishes to an average 3,400 people per square mile (1,300 per square kilometer) for Malta overall.
Malta won its independence from the United Kingdom on September 21, 1964. Fittingly named Malta’s Independence Day, each September 21 is celebrated as a national holiday.