Schooling is compulsory and free between 5 and 15 years.
A quarter of the students attend Catholic schools.
Illiteracy is still widespread: 7.6% of the population is
not literate (2005). Higher education is given at the
University of Malta. Many Maltese study abroad at
predominantly British universities. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Malta.
Valletta, the capital of the Republic of Malta; 6675 inb (2013). The town,
which forms a small part of a large urban area, Northern Harbor, was founded in
1566 by the Order of Johannite (Maltese Knights) according to a unified,
defense-engineered plan; It is situated on a peninsula between two narrow bays
and is the country's most important port. Large parts of the historic fort, Fort
St. Elmo, is preserved like a number of the Order Knights' mansions, one of
which is decorated as a national museum. Important buildings from the time of
the Johns are also Saint John's Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master's Palace and the
Great Hospital. The city is listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The city is
named after Jean Parisot de la Valette.
In 2002, a port and tourist development project was launched in Valletta's
port with, among other things, Danish engineering participation.