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Local council
Aerial view of Mtarfa
Aerial view of Mtarfa
Flag of Mtarfa
Coat of arms of Mtarfa
Coat of arms
Country  Malta
Region Northern Region
District Western District
Borders Attard, Mdina, Rabat
 • Mayor Daniel John Attard (PL)
 • Total 0.7 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Population (March 2014)
 • Total 2,572
 • Density 3,700/km2 (9,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Mtarfi (m), Mtarfija (f), Mtarfin (pl)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code MTF
Dialing code 356
ISO 3166 code MT-35
Patron saint Saint Lucy
Day of festa 13 December
Website Official website
Bus 51 from Valletta terminus

Mtarfa (Maltese: L-Imtarfa) is a small town in the Northern Region of Malta, with a population of 2,572 people as of March 2014.[1] It was considered to a suburb of Rabat until 2000, when it became a separate local council.


  • History 1
  • Politics and Administration 2
    • Mtarfa Local Council 2.1
  • Sport 3
  • Zones in Mtarfa 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Mtarfa is a modern residential area, even though Roman inscriptions attributed to the Temple of Prosperine were found.

  • Military barracks were built in 1890.
  • A naval hospital (RNH Mtarfa) for injured persons was built during World War I. This has now been converted to a state secondary school, named after Sir Temi Zammit.[2]
  • A chapel dedicated to St. Oswald was built by the British after the end of World War I.[3]
  • One of the most famous landmarks of Mtarfa is the clock, built in 1895.

Politics and Administration

Mtarfa formed part of Rabat local council when these were first set up in Malta in 1993. In 2000 Mtarfa elected its first local council after an amendment was made to the Local Councils Act.

In April 2008, due to failure on the part of the council to meet at least once a month as required by the Local Council Act, the Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi recommended to the President of the Republic to dissolve the local council and to set up a temporary committee to administer the affairs of the locality. The Mtarfa local council had failed to meet since November of the previous year allegedly over disagreements on the appointment of the council's Executive Secretary.[4]

Mtarfa Local Council

The current Mtarfa local council members are:

  • Daniel Attard (PL)
  • Mifsud Anthony k/a Anton (PN)
  • Fenech Simon Paul (PN)
  • Vella Antoine (PL)
  • Bugeja Anthony k/a Twanny (PL)


Mtarfa has its own football club Mtarfa F.C. Founded in 2006, the club took part in the Maltese Third Division for the first time in their history in the 07/08 season. They have entered the Malta Football Association in lieu of Ta' Xbiex F.C., who lost their status due to their consistent poor results in the lowest of Maltese divisions.

Mtarfa Clock Tower

Zones in Mtarfa

  • Buqana
  • Ġnien Ħira
  • Ħaż-Żmien
  • Il-Marġ
  • It-Tabija
  • Sandar
  • Santa Luċija
  • Ta' Sagħat
  • Ta' Slampa
  • Tal-Għeriexem
  • Tal-Kanuni
  • Tal-Maħruq
  • Tar-Rangu
  • Tat-Tabija
  • Wied il-Qlejgħa

See also


  1. ^ "Estimated Population by Locality 31st March, 2014".  
  2. ^ "RNH Mtarfa". OpenBuildings. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Scerri, John. "Mtarfa". Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Temporary committee to take over at Mtarfa".  

External links

  • Mtarfa Local Council
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