Why Malta

A Country Overview

Full country name: Republic of Malta (Repubblika ta’ Malta)

Capital city: Valletta

Population: ~ 421,000 (as at 2014)

Currency: Euro (€) (as of 2008)

Official languages: Maltese and English

Political status: Democratic republic

Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic

Geographical location: 93 km south of Sicily (Italy) and 288 km north east of Tunisia

International dialing code: +356 (• CET Time Zone: One hour ahead of GMT

Internet domain: .mt

Climate: Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers

EU Member state forming part of the Schengen Zone

Excellent connectivity to the rest of the world with regular direct flights to Europe and Northern Africa

6th largest ship register in the world (largest in Europe), complimented by high quality maritime industry-related services

Malta Freeport operates as a major transshipment hub in the Mediterranean

Growing Aircraft registry

Reliable IT Infrastructure

Multi-lingual population, with the majority of people speaking fluent English and Italian

High standard of living at a relatively low cost. Malta is a safe, warm place to live offering   high standards of education and health care

Low company formation costs

Efficient and robust financial services regulation

Rich cultural heritage derived from a unique 7,000 year history

One of the best climates in the world

Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, the friendly island also enjoys the world’s best weather allowing for 300 days of sun per year. Lifestyle across the island’s localities is generally deemed to be quite laid-back and typically synonymous with the Mediterranean profile, however the accelerated pace of contemporary life has also permeated the everyday living of the late generations.

This is highly evident in the Valletta, Sliema and St. Julian’s area where most of the island’s administration, commerce and activity is centered, trickling down to other Maltese towns and villages.

Malta’s rich historical and cultural scene is also one of the island’s distinctive features, physically mirrored in the majestic bastion walls and impressive Baroque architecture dating back from the time of the Knights present in several parts of the island and other aspects of the local character. The British legacy inherited after 150 years of British presence in Malta still breathes through Malta’s traditionally British education and political system.


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