|The Hard facts:|
The archipelago of Malta consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino.
Population of Malta: 380,000 on the area of 316 sq km
Capital: Valletta (pop 8,000)
Official languages: Maltese and English
Country code: + 356
Time zone: GMT + 1 in winter
GMT + 2 from April to October
Religion: Roman Catholic (91%)
Money: The Maltese pound or lira (Lm), 1Lm = 100 cents check for current exchange rate
Banks are usually open from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, with additional hours from 2.30 to 4 p.m.
On Fridays and Saturdays from 8 to 11.30 a.m.
Shops are open from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.
Museums are opened all day, but they close on pubilc holidays.
Bars and cafés are usually open from 9 a.m. to about 1 a.m.
The hottest season is from mid-July to mid-September, when the average maximum temperatures climb higher than 30°C (80°F).
Winters are not at all unpleasant, with an average of six hours of sunshine daily in January, and daytime temperature around 15°C.
Tha total rainfall is low, at around 580mm, and it falls mainly between October and February.
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