Maltese in Tunisia

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Introduction / History

The Republic of Malta is a densely populated, developed country. It is situated in the central part of the Mediterranean Sea southwest of Sicily, Italy and north of Tunisia.
Throughout its history, Malta's location in the Mediterranean Sea has given it strategic importance. Consequently, the island nation was conquered many times during its history. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a Republic in 1974, while retaining its membership in the Commonwealth of Nations.
There have been times when the Maltese have moved to other parts of the world. One can find the Maltese in the nearby North African countries of Tunisia and Libya.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are Maltese people who have lived in Tunisia and Libya their entire lives. They maintain their Catholic religion and Maltese language, but they have adapted well to a North African Arab culture. This diaspora maintains their art, literature, sports, festivals, sports and delicious Mediterranean cuisine wherever they live. Most speak Arabic and contribute to the local economy. Some are businessmen who hire local people.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Malta has a long history of Roman Catholicism serving as its national religion and it is practiced by the vast majority of Maltese. There is freedom to practice any form of religion and many other religions are practiced but none have large numbers of participants.

What Are Their Needs?

Just like all nations of the world, Malta needs clear, consistent, and relentless presentation of biblical Christianity.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move mightily in Maltese churches, calling their attention to the only Savior, and drawing them into discipleship.
Pray for the Lord to give love, peace and joy to Maltese Christian believers.
Pray for Maltese Christian believers to reach out with the name of Christ to the people they live near, especially the Muslims.

Scripture Prayers for the Maltese in Tunisia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Maltese
People Name in Country Maltese
Alternate Names
Population this Country 3,600
Population all Countries 671,000
Total Countries 8
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13460
ROP3 Code 106188
ROP25 Code 305060
ROP25 Name Maltese
Country Tunisia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Tunisia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
92.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
8.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Maltese (3,600 speakers)
Language Code mlt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Maltese (3,600 speakers)
Language Code mlt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Maltese

Primary Language:  Maltese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1822-1872)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1847-1959)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1926-2010)
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maltese Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel tract General / Other
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Maltese YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Maltese YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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Profile Source Joshua Project 
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