Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814.
island staunchly supported the UK through both world wars and remained
in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964. A decade later
Malta became a republic. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has
transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial
center, and a tourist destination. Malta became an EU member in May
2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.
Location – Southern Europe, islands in the Mediterranean Sea,
south of Sicily (Italy)