Malta is a small island country located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Italy. It consists of three inhabited islands, with the largest and most populous being Malta Island. The capital city is Valletta, and the country has a population of approximately 514,000 people.
The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English. The currency is the Euro. Malta is a parliamentary republic, with a president as the head of state and a prime minister as the head of government.
Malta has a rich history, with influences from various empires and cultures, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and British. The country has many historic sites and landmarks, including the Megalithic Temples of Malta, which are among the oldest free-standing structures in the world.
Malta has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers. The country's economy is driven by tourism, as well as financial services, manufacturing, and information technology. Malta is a member of the European Union, the United Nations, and the Commonwealth of Nations.
The national anthem of Malta is called "L-Innu Malti" which means "The Maltese Hymn" in English. It was written in 1922 by Dun Karm Psaila, a Maltese poet and author, and was adopted as the national anthem of Malta upon the country's independence in 1964.
The lyrics of "L-Innu Malti" celebrate the beauty of Malta and its people, as well as their resilience and determination in the face of adversity. The anthem is often played at official events and ceremonies in Malta, and is well-known and beloved by the Maltese people.
The first verse of the anthem, in English translation, is:
Guard, Lord, forever, as you've done erst and ceasing never,
This land whose name we received, our motherly-named mother.
Heritage of past, in fullness held of deeds and of fire,
Sentinel, who keeps guard with a poised arm in dire days.