British rule in Malta lasted until 1964 when the island became independent. The Maltese adopted the British system of administration, education and legislation.
Ten years later, in 1974, Malta became a Republic within the British Commonwealth.
The British military presence on the island officially came to an end on March 31,1979.
Until the 1960s, the Maltese economy depended mostly on the British services and the Naval Dockyard. After independence, industry and tourism advanced at a fast pace, and today Malta and Gozo have established an industrial and services economy and flourishing tourist enterprises.
In 1990, Malta applied for membership of the European Union and formally joined the EU in May 2004.
In 2008, Malta adopted the Euro as its currency.
Economy of Malta
Valletta’s maritime industrial zone
Malta is classified as an advanced economy together with 32 other countries according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Until 1800 Malta depended on cotton, tobacco and its shipyards for exports. Once under British control, they came to depend on the dockyard for support of the Royal Navy, especially during the Crimean War of 1854. The military base benefited craftsmen and all those who served the military.
In 1869, the opening of the Suez Canal gave Malta’s economy a great boost, as there was a massive increase in the shipping which entered the port. Ships stopping at Malta’s docks for refuelling helped the Entrepôt trade, which brought additional benefits to the island.
However, towards the end of the 19th century the economy began declining, and by the 1940s Malta’s economy was in serious crisis. One factor was the longer range of newer merchant ships that required less frequent refuelling stops.
Malta’s population is that of around 50,000.00 . We have no records of pets till now as micochipping in dogs just started in 2012.We have no records of cats till now, Since Malta has many small houses people are getting more small furry animals as pets.
Regulations regarding the importation of pets into the Maltese Islands fall under the responsibility of the Veterinary Regulation Directorate within the Agriculture & Fisheries Regulation Department of the Ministry for Resources & Rural Affairs.