Malta: History

  1. 870

    Malta comes under Arab control, which leaves a strong imprint on Maltese life, customs, and language.

  2. 1814

    Malta voluntarily becomes part of the British Empire, becoming a crown colony.

  3. 1964

    Malta obtains complete independence from Britain.

  4. 1974

    Malta becomes a republic.

  5. 2004

    Malta officially joins the European Union.

  6. 2008

    Malta adopts the Euro as its official currency.

  7. 2012

    Standard and Poor’s rating agency downgrades Malta’s credit rating following the global and European financial crises.


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