Last Updated on August 17, 2021
The island of Malta is located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, and throughout history, it was distinguished by its strategic geographical location and served as a bridge between the North African countries and the European continent.
Total population: 415.000
Muslim population (2016): 10.000
Arabs from North Africa spent nearly 200 years in Malta at a time when Islam was the predominant religion on the island. Today, Islam is considered a minority religion in Malta, where the number of Muslims is estimated between 6,000 and 10,000, representing more than 1 percent of the total population.
The constitution provides for full respect for beliefs and freedom of worship, provided that public safety, order, morals, health, and the rights and freedoms of others are not violated. The state prohibits discriminatory treatment based on religion or belief. What reflects the Arab Islamic heritage in Malta is that the Maltese language includes many Arabic words and vocabulary, and many names of cities and places in the country are Arabic.