Malta is located in the very south of Europe, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Malta geographically lies on the African continental plate, located south of Sicily, east of Tunisia, and north of Libya, but still belongs to the European continent. Although very small, Malta is a densely populated country. The area of Malta is 316 square kilometers, and the population is about 500,000. Malta is a parliamentary state, with a rich history, and its capital is Valletta. The official and most widely spoken languages in Malta are Maltese and English. The official currency used in Malta is the euro. Malta's climate is Mediterranean - summers are warm and winters are mild. The average temperature in January is around 14 degrees, and in July, as the warmest month, around 30 degrees. The coast of the Maltese archipelago is not significantly divided, but there are several smaller bays. It never snows in Malta. Malta has no river and is surrounded only by the sea.