Malta21 September 1964, the “Malta Independence Act 1964″ lead…

Malta

21 September 1964, the “Malta Independence Act 1964″ lead to the formation of an independent constitutional monarchy, with Elizabeth II as Queen of Malta and Head of State.

On 1 April 1979 the last British forces left the island after the end of the economic pact to stabilise the Maltese economy. This is celebrated as Freedom Day (Jum Il-Ħelsien) on 31 March.

Malta joined the European Union in 2004, and the EuroZone in 2008.

Since 1964 the GDP per capita of Malta grew from under $5,000 to over $27,000