How much do you know about Malta? Take this quiz and find out...

November 06, 2015

(Scroll down to find out the answers).

QUESTIONS

  1. Where does the name 'Malta' come from, and what does it mean?
  2. How many tourists visit Malta every year?
  3. What is the oldest building or structure in Malta?
  4. There are nine UNESCO heritage sites in Malta. Guess which ones.
  5. When did Malta start using the Euro currency, and what was the old currency?
  6. Name three or more famous movies that were filmed in Malta.
  7. What is the population of Malta?
  8. What is the Maltese language made up of?
  9. What does 'Kif inti?'
  10. Who's the current Maltese president?

ANSWERS

  1. The Greeks and Romans called the Maltese islands 'Melita', which means 'the island of honey'.
  2. Around 1,689,800 tourists visited Malta in 2014. The main tourist influx is in the summer months.
  3. The oldest temples (Ggantija) in Malta are estimated to be over 5600 years old. This makes them older than the famous pyramids in Egypt.
  4. 1) Valletta - the Grand Harbour, 2) Victoria Lines and the Great Fault, 3) the Hypogeum in Hal Saflieni, 4) the Megalithic Temples of Malta, 5) the Catacombs, 6) Mdina, 7) the Cittadella in Gozo, 8) the Northwest Coastal Cliffs of Malta, and 9) Dwejra in Gozo.
  5. Malta joined the EU in 2004, after years of lengthy negotiations. The Euro was introduced in 2008, taking the place of the Maltese Lira (used from 1825 to December 2007).
  6. Due to its idyllic scenery and untouched coastline, the Maltese islands are a popular location shoot for many Hollywood productions. Some of the most famous films produced here are Gladiators, Troy, scenes of the Game of Thrones series, World War Z, By The Sea, Count of Monte Cristo.
  7. 425,384 people were living in Malta in 2013.
  8. The roots of the language are Siculo-Arabic (Arabic from Sicily). It has since been influence by Italian, French and most recently, English.
  9. It means 'How are you?'
  10. The Maltese President is Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the second female president to take the office.

 

GLOSSARY

made up of = consists of
influx = arrival
estimated = a guess that you make based on information you have
idyllic = peaceful, happy, enjoyable
negotiation = a formal discussion between people trying to reach an agreement
roots = origins
recently = a short time ago