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Malta Freedom Day

Malta Freedom Day

Malta Freedom Day

March 31

Originally shared by Ed Pearce

Freedom Day (Maltese: Jum il-Ħelsien) is a Maltese national holiday celebrated annually on March 31st.

Malta achieved its independence on September 21, 1964 (Independence Day) after intense negotiations with the United Kingdom, led by Maltese Prime Minister George Borġ Olivier.

A defence agreement signed soon after independence (and re-negotiated in 1972) expired on March 31, 1979. The last British soldier left the island on that day. For the first time in a millennium, Malta was no longer a military base of a foreign power.

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