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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Malta

Ethnicity

Nearly the entire population of Malta is ethnically Maltese, which is a combination of a number of modern and ancient ethnicities. The Maltese tend to have traces of Carthaginian, Phoenician, and Italian among many others, a combination that makes them quite unique ethnically. There are minorities of foreign-born people in Malta, most being from the British Isles or Italy and the people tend to reflect the ethnicities found in those places.

Language

The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English. Most locals are native Maltese speakers, but schools are taught in English, so the entire educated population speaks English fluently. Maltese is a Semitic language, but has strong Italian influences. It is most closely related to North Africa's dialect of Arabic, but is written in the Latin script.

Religion

Unlike most European countries, Malta does have an official religion, which is Roman Catholicism. Despite this official designation, religious freedom is allowed, although most people still follow the Catholic Church.

Catholicism is a Christian religion that is one of the first Christian religions (founded after the death of Jesus in about 30-33 AD). Catholicism believes that there is a single God who created everything, a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ who is the forgiver of sins, and there is the Holy Spirit, which makes up the last part of the Holy Trinity. Catholics follow the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. Much of the faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the New Testament).

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This page was last updated: May, 2014