Living in Malta guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Malta.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Malta

Accommodation in Malta

As an expat in Malta, one of the first steps is to find accommodation. Malta has a quickly and continuously ...

Buying a property in Malta

Malta's real estate market has been flourishing over the past few years. In fact, foreign nationals have become so interested ...

Accommodation in Valletta

When you move to a new country, it can be easier to get connected and meet new people in an urban environment. If you're ...

Accommodation in Sliema

Tas-Sliema, more typically known as just Sliema, is a popular tourist and expat region located on the northeastern coast ...

Accommodation in Saint Julian's

Known as San Ġiljan in Maltese, Saint Julian's is a dynamic city, both in terms of its amenities and its inhabitants ...

Accommodation in Gozo

Stretching over 67 km², Gozo is one of the eight islands that make up the Maltese archipelago. It is Malta's second ...

Finding work in Malta

Malta is world famous for its postcard-worthy beaches and beautiful landscapes. Indeed, this tiny island nation has become a top ...

Finding work in Valletta

When it comes to relocating to Malta, many people think about working in Valletta. Located centrally on the eastern coast ...

Finding work in Gozo

If you are planning to live in Malta, why not settle and work in Gozo? Although it is quieter than the main island of Malta, Gozo ...

Finding work in Saint Julian's

 Many expats in Malta choose to work in Saint Julian's, a place that offers a lot of career opportunities. Saint ...

Finding work in Sliema

Working in Sliema is a popular choice among expats living in Malta. Tas-Sliema, typically known as just Sliema (pronounced ...

Setting up a business in Malta

Setting up a business in Malta is rather easy. Thanks to various incentives provided by the Maltese government, many ...

Internships in Malta

Performing an internship in Malta can be an enriching and worthwhile experience. Indeed, Malta has been attracting ...

Pregnancy in Malta

As an expat in Malta, you will experience some important life events, such as pregnancy. As an expectant mother, you will find a ...

Accidents and emergencies in Malta

A stay abroad is usually associated with great memories. However, it could happen that an accident or emergency occurs, and you ...

About Malta

  • The archipelago is located centrally in the Mediterranean, providing easy access to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Its immediate neighboring countries are Italy, Tunisia, and Libya.
  • Malta enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year.
  • It is easy to find accommodation in Malta, even though rents have been rising in the past 3 years in comparison with the rest of Europe.
  • The Maltese economy is stable.
  • The country is a member of the European Union.
  • The country is rich in historical and archaeological treasures.
  • You can enjoy various leisure activities in Malta, such as the famous Malta Jazz Festival held every year in July.
  • More and more students have been choosing Malta to complete their higher studies.

Geography of Malta

Malta is found in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. It consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo (also known as Għawdex), and Comino (also known as Kemmuna). Stretching over a total of 316 km², the archipelago has a population of 516,000 inhabitants (2022 estimate).

Malta's capital city is Valletta, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the smallest capital city in the EU.

Economy of Malta

Malta's economy is primarily focused on foreign trade, manufacturing, tourism, and financial services.

The iGaming industry has, in recent years, grown tremendously in Malta. Film production is another growing industry, with feature films like Gladiator, Troy, World War Z, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Captain Philips all choosing to film in Malta.

With low corporate tax and a productive, multilingual labor force, Malta's economy is considered to be advanced and highly industrialized.

Agricultural production is quite low. Malta only produces about 20% of its food needs.

Malta's history and policy

Malta's history is rich, spanning thousands of years and claiming multiple cultural influences.

Archaeological finds indicate that the Maltese islands have been settled since 5,200 BC. Some of the world's oldest freestanding structures are located here, older than Stonehenge, Newgrange, and the Pyramids at Giza. The Phoenicians and Romans claimed the islands at some point over the next several thousand years.

In 60AD, Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked and washed ashore in Malta. He stayed on the island preaching Christianity, which remains the predominant religion in Malta today.

Malta was under Byzantine rule for several centuries until the Arab-Byzantine Wars in the 800s AD. As a result of these battles over Mediterranean territory, the Maltese islands were left essentially uninhabited for over 100 years.

By 1048AD, Muslims from Sicily recolonized Malta, introducing irrigation, new agriculture, and, perhaps most importantly, the language that would evolve into current-day Maltese.

The Normans and the Kingdom of Sicily took over the islands shortly thereafter, reintroducing a Catholic majority. Malta became part of the Holy Roman Empire under Spanish control. In 1530, the Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Knights of St. John and subsequently the Knights of Malta) were allowed to settle in Malta after being driven out of Rhodes by the Ottoman Empire.

The Knights of St. John were to have an enormous impact on current-day Malta. They withstood the Great Siege of 1565, repelling Ottoman efforts to take the islands as a launching point for invading Southern Europe. In gratitude, the Spanish crown sent monetary gifts to the Knights to stop the Ottoman advance and, therefore, protect the rest of Europe from attack.

With that financial support, the Knights of St. John planned and built the new capital city of Valletta. For the last 500 years, Malta has been under Napoleon's control, British protection, and under constant bombardment from German aircraft during WWII.

In 1964, Malta finally gained independence. For 10 years, the country retained Queen Elizabeth II as the Head of State until 1974, when Malta declared itself an Independent Republic.

Malta officially joined the European Union on the 1st of May 2004 and joined the Eurozone on 1 January 2008, adopting the Euro as the official currency.

Fauna and flora in Malta

Malta is an arid country without a large variety of endemic flora, unlike other neighboring Mediterranean countries. Prickly pears, berries, grapes, and olives, as well as carobs and figs, can be found everywhere.

Maltese fauna is similarly limited in diversity, although you will find rabbits, hedgehogs, weasels, bats, and lizards. And don't forget the marine life: a variety of aquatic species can be spotted in Maltese waters.

Good to know:

When making local phone calls, remember to dial '00356' beforehand.

Maltese electrical outlets are the same as British outlets, using the 3-prong Type G plug at 230 volts.

Useful links:

Government of Malta

Visit Malta

Quick Information

Official Languages : Maltese , English
Currency : Euro
Area : 316 Km2
Population : 403000
Calling Code : +356
Timezone : Europe/Malta

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