If you are planning to relocate in Malta, it is best to be aware of its inhabitants' lifestyle. Here is an overview.
Maltese nationals are known to be very warm and hospitable people, especially with tourists. As the country has become a top destination over the years, they are very welcoming toward expatriates, especially when these seem keen about discovering their culture. In general, Maltese are very sociable and attached to their family. Hence, they are likely to welcome you as their own people.
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Latin culture has a considerable influence over the Maltese population. People do not miss a single opportunity for getting together and celebrating festivals that are held all year round. Besides, Saturday is deemed to be a special day in Malta. Locals often get together for a barbecue, particularly at the beach.
Beaches, for their part, are rather crowded at night and during week-ends. You can stroll around without fear. Why not have a picnic with your friends? Indeed, Malta is known for being a safe and secure country where crime rate is very low. You can thus enjoy a peaceful and serene atmosphere in a mild and pleasant climate, along with your family.
Maltese nationals, especially village people, are used to waking up early. Therefore, everyday life starts around 5 to 6 am. On the other hand, roads are rather desert around 9 pm, except in big cities having a dynamic nightlife.
Summer is the population's favorite season. Villages will often celebrate their respective Saints in high spirits along with fireworks at night.
97 % of the Maltese population is of Catholic faith, given that Catholicism is the State religion. In fact, the whole calendar is marked by several religious festivals, some of which are public holidays. You can have more information in the article Useful contacts and Public holidays in Malta. But given that Malta is an open an multicultural country, you will also find people practicing their faith and traditions with absolute freedom.
Maltese is not only a nationality but a language as well. In fact, it is the official language bearing a huge historical legacy. Maltese is a mixture of Arab, Italian, Sicilian, French and English which can be hard to learn. But rest assured! English is widely spoken across the archipelago. Knowledge of Italian is even better. Currently, 2% of the population speaks Italian.
You must be aware by now that Malta's beautiful landscape is a real treasure. Many movies such as Gladiator, Midnight Express, and more recently, a few scenes from the serial Game of Thrones, have been shot in Malta. If you are not yet convinced, just have a look at Gozo which has chosen to illustrate its famous hills on its flag.
As Sicily is quite close to Malta, it has strongly influenced the Maltese cuisine. But it is also mixed with British cuisine, as Malta is a former British colony. Finally, the local cuisine is rich in fish and seafood. In fact, you are likely to find many fish and seafood restaurants across the country.
Education is compulsory for 5 to 16 years old children. Public schools are free of charge, but many locals prefer to enroll their children in Catholic or private schools. Feel free to choose from these if you are moving there with children.