The unicameral House of Representatives, (Maltese: Kamra tad-Deputati), is elected by direct universal suffrage through single transferable vote every five years, unless the House is dissolved earlier by the President on advice of the Prime Minister.
Malta is a republic whose parliamentary system and public administration is closely modelled on the Westminster system. Malta had the second highest voter turnout in the world (and the highest for nations without mandatory voting), based on election turnout in national lower house elections from 1960 to 1995.
In January 2007 International Living chose Malta as the country with the best climate in the world. The lowest temperature ever recorded was in January 1905, at +1.1C, and the highest temperature was +43.8C recorded in August 1999. Snow is virtually unheard of, with very few and brief snow flurries
The climate is Mediterranean (Köppen climate classification Csa), with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Effectively there are only two seasons, which makes the islands attractive for tourists, especially during the drier months. However, strong winds can make Malta feel cold during the spring months.
Malta has been inhabited since 5000 BC. A vast prehistoric culture marked by Megalithic structures existed on the islands, predating the Pyramids by a millennium. The long relationship between the Islanders and the various nationalities that occupied it over the centuries has created a marriage of styles and traditions.
With superbly sunny weather, expansive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. Captivating places of interest are immediately identified – the world famous UNESCO Hypogeum, prehistoric temples and grand palaces are but a few.
Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture while Comino is largely uninhabited.
The beautiful Islands of Malta, with its archipelago islands is located virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean. Malta can be found 90km south of Sicily and 300km north of Africa. The country’s official languages are Maltese and English.