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malta MAPPING

An archipelago brimming with history in the middle of the Mediterranean

After Copenhagen, we go to the opposite end of the European continent to visit Malta and its capital, Valletta, the smallest capital city our section has ever explored. As usual, we examine the city with six maps, six snapshots capturing different features - snapshots since the six maps are based on the GIS data available on the Internet at the time of our investigation. As is our practice, the maps all use the same frame of reference in terms of surface area taken into consideration (40x40 km). In the case of Malta, this comfortably includes the three islands making up the island state: Malta, Gozo, and between the two, the smaller island of Comino. The archipelago is a distillate of the enormous cultural mix that characterizes the history of the Mediterranean. The population map shows the island of Malta to be most populous, with around 400,000 inhabitants. Gozo has around 40,000...

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