Moving to Malta


Malta is a popular destination for expats, particularly from the United Kingdom, who are attracted by the sunny Mediterranean lifestyle and the fact that English is widely spoken on the island. English is the second official language of Malta, (behind the Semitic ‘Malti’ language), and is spoken by 90 percent of the population, while almost 70 percent of people are estimated to speak Italian.

Moving to MaltaFormerly the island had a reputation as a place for British pensioners to retire, but Malta’s entry into the European Union and the burgeoning Internet gaming industry here are attracting younger expatriates these days. Further to its entry into the European Union, Malta adopted the euro at the beginning of 2008.
 
The island boasts an enviable climate, with more hours of sunshine per year, (around 3,000+), than any other European country. On such a small island – just 27km long and 15km wide – the beach is never too far away. The United Nations also recently named Malta as the safest country on earth with regards to natural disasters, while the crime rate is also very low.
 
The Maltese road network is undergoing much-needed development thanks to EU funding, but many roads are narrow and poorly surfaced which makes driving more difficult. A new bus service was introduced in 2011 to replace the picturesque but antiquated fleet of yellow buses, some of which dated back to the 1940s.
 
Citizens from other EU-member states are free to live and work in Malta, as with any EU country. However, Malta retains a fear of mass immigration, and so places tight restrictions on those from affiliate EU states as well as ‘third country’ citizens from outside the EU. Consequently, non-EU citizens face tougher restrictions when it comes to obtaining a working visa for Malta.
 
Malta’s location in the centre of the Mediterranean has meant that it has been a much sought-after prize for varied conquerors through the ages, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the British Empire in the 20th century. As a result, the island has a rich and colourful history. There are no less than seven ancient temple sites listed as UNESCO heritage sites, as well as the remarkable underground chambers of the Hypogeum. Valletta, the beautifully preserved capital city established by the Knights of St John, is itself a listed heritage site.
 
Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world, with a land area of just over 300 square kilometres and a population of 370,000, yet it offers a beautiful climate, rich and diverse culture and history, and an opportunity to live and work in the Mediterranean in an English-speaking environment.

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David O
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I am living in Malta with Daniela, having moved here from Ireland. I have been living and working here since 2011, and have...
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