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Malta Population


The population of Malta in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 394,000, which placed it as number 165 in population among the 193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 12% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 20% of the population under 15 years of age. There were 98 males for every 100 females in the country in 2003. According to the UN, the annual population growth rate for 2000-2005 is0.42%, with the projected population for the year 2015 at 411,000. The population density in 2002 was 1,188 per sq km (3,076 per sq mi), which makes it one of the most densely populated country in the world.

It was estimated by the Population Reference Bureau that 91% of the population lived in urban areas in 2001. Valletta, the capital and chief port, had a population of 102,000 in that year. Other major cities include Birkirkara (21,770), Qormi (19,525), and Sliema (13,541). According to the United Nations, the urban population growth rate for 2000-2005 was 0.7%.


401,880 (July 2007 est.)

Age structure
0-14 years: 16.7% (male 34,559/female 32,707)
15-64 years: 69.5% (male 141,265/female 137,951)
65 years and over: 13.8% (male 23,802/female 31,596) (2007 est.)

Median age
total: 39 years
male: 37.6 years
female: 40.4 years (2007 est.)

Population growth rate
0.413% (2007 est.)

Birth rate
10.28 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)

Death rate
8.19 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)

Net migration rate
2.04 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2007 est.)

Sex ratio
at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.057 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.024 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.753 male(s)/female
total population: 0.987 male(s)/female (2007 est.)

Infant mortality rate
total: 3.82 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 4.29 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 3.32 deaths/1,000 live births (2007 est.)

Life expectancy at birth
total population: 79.15 years
male: 76.95 years
female: 81.47 years (2007 est.)

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