Malta (island)

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Malta
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Map of Malta Island
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The island of Malta (dark green) in relation to the rest of Malta
Geography
Location south of Sicily, Mediterranean Sea
Archipelago Maltese islands
Area 246 km2 (95 sq mi)
Coastline 197 km (122.4 mi)
Highest elevation 253 m (830 ft)
Highest point Ta' Dmejrek
Country
Malta
Largest city Birkirkara
Demographics
Population 388,232 (as of 2007)
Density 1,578.18 /km2 (4,087.47 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Maltese people

The island of Malta is the largest of the three major islands that constitute the Maltese archipelago. Malta is in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea directly south of Italy and north of Libya. The total area of the island is 246 square kilometres (95 sq mi). The capital is Valletta, largest city is Qormi and the largest locality is Birkirkara. The island is made up of many small towns, which together form one Larger Urban Zone with a population of 452,515 (the majority of the population of the country) according to Eurostat.[1] The landscape is characterised by low hills with terraced fields.

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Coordinates: 35°53′N 14°27′E / 35.883°N 14.450°E / 35.883; 14.450