MALTA. Raquel Serrano Rubio Sandra M. Glez. Perales. Climate. Malta has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry. Economy.
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Sandra M. Glez. Perales
Malta has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.
Malta's greatest resources are limestone, its strategic geographical location and small size.Malta produces only 20% of its food, has limited freshwater supplies and has no energy sources own.La economy depends on foreign trade (serving as a transshipment port for ships), manufacturing (especially electronics and textiles) and tourism greatly.
Traffic in Malta drives on the left, as in the UK. Car ownership in Malta is exceedingly high, given the very small size of the islands; it is the fourth highest in the European Union. The number of registered cars in 1990 amounted to 182,254, giving an automobile density of 582 /km2 (1,510 /sq mi).
Malta has 2,254 kilometres (1,401 mi) of road, 1,972 km (1,225 mi) (87.5%) of which are paved and 282 km (175 mi) are unpaved (December 2003).
Maltese euro coins feature the Maltese Cross on €2 and €1 coins, the Maltese Coat of Arms on the €0.50, €0.20 and €0.10 coins, and the Mnaidra Temples on the €0.05, €0.02 and €0.01 coins.
Malta has produced collectors' coins with face value ranging from 10 to 50 euro. These coins continue an existing national practice of minting of silver and gold commemorative coins. Unlike normal issues, these coins are not legal tender in all the eurozone. For instance, a €10 Maltese commemorative coin cannot be used in any other country.
From 1972 until introduction of the Euro in 2008, the currency was the Maltese Lira, which had replaced the Maltese pound. The pound replaced the Maltese scudo in 1798.
In recent years, Malta has advertised itself as a medical tourism destination, and a number of health tourism providers are developing the industry. However, no Maltese hospital has undergone independent internationa healthcare acredation. Malta is popular with British medical tourists, pointing Maltese hospitals towards seeking UK-sourced accreditation, such as with the Trent Acredation Scheme. Dual accreditation with the American-oriented Joint Commission is necessary if hospitals in Malta wish to compete with the Far East and Latin America for medical tourists from the United States.