Malta , Europe

Malta, officially the Republic of Malta (Maltese: Repubblika ta' Malta), is a small and densely-populated island nation comprising an archipelago of seven islands, three of which are inhabited. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea within Southern Europe just thirty-seven miles south of Sicily.Throughout much of its history, Malta has been considered a crucial strategic location due in large part to its location in the Mediterranean Sea.It was held by several ancient cultures including Sicilians, Romans, Phoenicians, Byzantines and others. The island is commonly associated with the Knights of St. John who ruled Malta, ingraining the strong Roman Catholic legacy which is still the official and most practiced religion in Malta today.-Wikipedia-