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MALTA
Language

Cities in MALTA

Valetta

Language

Maltees alfabetMaltese alphabetPhoto: Hamelin de Guettelet CC 3.0 Unported no changes made

Maltese is a Semitic language that has been strongly influenced by English and Italian. It has been the national language since independence in 1964. The other official language is English. Many Maltese also speak Italian because of the approximately fifteen Italian TV channels that can be received in Malta. Maltese was not written down until the beginning of this century and is written in slightly modified Latin letters, which is remarkable for a Semitic language. The Maltese alphabet has 29 letters, 5 vowels and 24 consonants.


Sources

Boulton, S. / Malta
Kosmos

Cutajar, D. / Malta en Gozo
Publications Ltd.

Encarta Encyclopedie

Leeuwen, G. van / Malta
ANWB

Strijbos, E. / Malta en Gozo
Gottmer

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles Minbuza

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