Over the years, Malta has become a destination of choice for many foreigners and companies looking at relocating to a European destination. The Expat Insider 2016 survey ranked Malta as the second-best country to live in in the world, with almost half of the expats currently living in Malta claiming that they want to stay here forever. Below are just some of the “reasons why”
Climate & Lifestyle
Malta experiences very good all year round weather with very mild winters and hot, dry summers. On average, Malta boast over 300 days of sunshine per year – one of the highest in Europe – and the summer season is said to last around 8 months! Surrounded by sea and lovely beaches, the climate creates a pleasant environment to live in and the Maltese people simply have a good sense to life, love their food, and enjoy making the best use of this beautiful island.
Although Maltese is the national language of the islands, the majority of the Maltese population are multilingual and highly educated. Maltese and English are both official languages and many locals are also fluent in Italian. There are also a growing number of expat communities as various sectors such as finance, gaming, technology are more recently blockchain have made Malta their home. However, unlike other countries you will find that the expats mix up with the locals very easily.
History & culture
Positioned in the heart of the Mediterranean waters, Malta possess a rich and interesting history due to a succession of powers throughout the years, including the Pheonicians, Romans, Normans, Arabs, the Knights of St John, the French and the British. The history of Malta can be found in practically every corner with 359 churches scattered around the islands – one for almost every day of the year. For more information feel free to visit www.visitmalta.com
Malta offers some of the most favorable residency programmes across Europe with very low taxation for workers and expats that choose to make Malta their home. For more information click here to download a copy of our guide to residency and taxation in Malta.
The Maltese people are well-known for their friendliness and for being particularly welcoming towards their visitors. Their friendly nature and warmth of character means that Maltese people are always eager to help and keen to make visitors feel at home in their country.
Malta is also very well-connected with daily direct flights to most major European cities and over seven direct flights every day to the United Kingdom. Malta is also well connected with North African airports and the low cost service airlines have established a strong presence too.
Safe & Politically Stable
Malta offers a politically stable environment and a relatively low crime rate making it a very safe place to live in. It is a full member of the European Union and the Euro is its main currency. Malta became part of the Schengen zone in 2007 and it is therefore very easy to get in and out of Malta. In addition, the public health care system in Malta is of highest standards and there are a number of well-established private hospitals equipped with the latest technology spread across the island.
Fast Growing Economy
Over recent years and more particularly since Malta’s accession in the EU, the pace at which economic growth increased picked up momentum. According to the European Commission’s ‘Winter 2018’ Interim Economic Forecast, the rate of growth will be the highest rate in all the EU. This is more than double the average rate of growth observed in Malta between 2009 and 2013. Amongst other things, this makes Malta an attractive place for doing business.
Feel free to make contact with one of our representatives and we look forward to welcoming you in Malta.