The residents are called Maltese and are a mixed people
with elements mainly Arabs and Italians. There is also a
small British minority. Malta has a population density of
1,532 residents per km2, making it one of the
world's most densely populated countries. More than 90
percent of the population lives on the main island. Most
live on the north side of the island, around 200,000 around
the great bays and natural ports (including Grand Harbor),
which are bordered by overgrown villages and towns, such as
Valletta and Sliema. The largest cities are San Pawl
il-Baħar (26,200 residents 2018) and Birkirkara (23,600
Official languages are Maltese and English. The
population speaks mainly Maltese. Italian also exists.
Countryaah data, 98% of the population (1993) are members of the Roman
Catholic Church, which is the official religion of the
state, but without concord between church and state.
Religious freedom prevails. There is a bishop for the main
island of Malta and one for the island of Gozo. Cathedrals
can be found in Valletta, Victoria and Mdina, as well as an
Anglican cathedral in Valletta and a mosque in Tarxien. The
church life is intensive and has an Italian feel.