Official name: Repubblika ta' Malta (Republic of Malta).
Form of government: unitary multiparty republic with one legislative house (House of Representatives ).
Chief of state: President.
Head of government: Prime Minister.
Population (1998): 377,000.
Population projection: (2000) 382,000; (2010) 393,000.
Natural increase rate per 1,000 population (1996): 4.7 (world avg. 15.7).
Gross domestic product (1995): U.S.$3,241,600,000 (U.S.$8,712 per capita).
Land use (1994): agricultural and under permanent cultivation 40.6%; other (infertile clay soil with underlying limestone) 59.4%.
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