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If you dream of moving to Malta, here is what you need to know on the world's smallest archipelago.

Malta is a top destination for foreign nationals looking for a change in lifestyle for their families and themselves, and for new opportunities. Other than these, moving to a country that has more than 7,000 years history has many advantages:

  • the archipelago is located near three big continents and its immediate neighboring countries are Sicily, Tunisia and Libya
  • Malta enjoys 300 sunny days a year
  • it is very easy to find accommodation in Malta. Moreover, accommodation is cheaper in the country that in the rest of Europe
  • the Maltese economy is stable
  • the country is a member of the European Union
  • insecurity is almost nonexistent in Malta
  • the country is rich in historical and archeological treasures
  • you can enjoy various types of leisure activities such as the famous Malta Jazz Festival which is held every year in July
  • more and more students have been choosing Malta to complete their higher studies.

Geography

Malta is found in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. It consist of seven islands, three of which are inhabited, namely Malta, Gozo (also known as Ghawdex) and Comino (also known as Kemmuna). Stretching over a total of 316 km², the archipelago has a population of more than 423,282 inhabitants (as at 2013).

Malta's capital city is Valletta.

Economy

Malta's economy is mainly driven by international trade, tourism and production. Agriculture, including tomatoes, cauliflowers, grapes, wheat, citruses, flowers, etc, also make a significant contribution to its economy.

In all cases, the country has a stable economy that has nothing to envy to other countries, especially thanks to shipbuilding, the textiles industry, the production of shoes and tobacco, etc. In terms of export, Malta's main partners are, namely, France, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Libya.

History and policy

Malta became an independent Republic on the 1st of May 2004. It also became a member of the European Union. Thus, the Maltese lira made way for the euro which is now its national currency.

The Maltese population is traditionally of Roman Catholic faith. But they seem very happy about the country's independent status and its multicultural aspect while singing the national anthem “L-Innu Malti”. The national flag, for its part, is divided into two parts: the white part consisting of the famous St Georges Cross on the top right hand side, and a neutral red part.

Maltese is the official language in Malta. In Valletta, Maltese, as well as English, are known to be official languages.

Fauna and flora

Malta does not have a rich endemic flora, unlike other neighboring countries. Berries, grapes and olives, as well as carobs and figs, can be found everywhere. As regards animal species, you are more likely to find weasels, bats, hedgehogs and tortoises, etc.

Practical information

When making phone calls, remember to dial “00356” beforehand.

As regards your electrical appliances, note that the current is at 230 volts in Malta. Moreover, sockets are based on the British model with three flat pins.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Malta 
Government of Malta www.gov.mt
Visit Malta www.visitmalta.com

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