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Because the Maltese islands are so small, they cannot rely on large amounts of trade and export to maintain their economy. Tourism is now one of the most important of the islands’ industries and every year around one million people travel to Malta to enjoy the warm weather, the magnificent scenery and the hundreds of historical sites. Malta’s accession to the European Union on 1 May 2004 was an important event in the country’s history. Improved relationships with other EU countries should result in a longer-term improvement in the economy, as well as in other important areas such as transport, employment and environmental issues.
There are ancient historical places in Malta: The Mnajdra temple complex can be found on the south coast o f Malta and dates from around 3500 b c . There are three temples here, where priests and priestesses would have conducted ancient religious ceremonies.