Many individuals would love to work in Malta.
Malta is a tiny island in the heart of the Mediterranean for work in Malta or business, but it has fascinated many people. Many have fallen in love and decided to relocate to Malta to enjoy the traditional Mediterranean way of life, an exceptional climate and a professional business culture.
Picture yourself in a place where you can enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle to the fullest, where you can have the highest living standards, amidst colorful local culture and a landscape steeped in history. If you ever thought about relocating to another country, Malta might be the right choice. Take it easy on the warm, friendly and centrally situated Mediterranean island, where the sea is clear and the climate mild. The proverbial eight hours work in Malta, eight hours play and eight hours sleep may not be easy to achieve in a big city environment where long commutes and even longer traffic jams eat away dwindling leisure times but living on a small island turns this fantasy into a reality.
Most expats in Malta cite the comfortable, relaxed lifestyle as one of the main reasons for their move. Nowhere is more than 30 minutes away from wherever you are and the sea, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, sports clubs or gyms are almost always within walking distance of your office or home.
But it is not only time issues that give Malta its edge over other European locations. The Maltese character is imbued with the British legacy of strong work ethic and powerful ambition, softened by the natural southern Mediterranean temperament. Doing business in Malta is both satisfying and pleasant because the same balance that adds value in terms of time is also present in the nature of the people you are working with.
Add to that the fact that the Maltese health service is one of the best in the world, the postal service works at a high level of efficiency, the infrastructure is robust and continually being upgraded, and schools, colleges and universities are among the best in Europe, and an already pretty picture becomes even more attractive. The cost of living remains one of the lowest in Europe, yet banking, taxation, insurance, social security, utilities and communications services are sophisticated, professional and reliable, often surpassing those offered in many European nations.
People and Places
Malta’s population stands at around 400,000, making it one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Most Maltese live in the satellite towns around Valletta, Malta’s capital and the country’s political and commercial center, Sliema and the Grand Harbour, with only around 10 per cent in rural areas. The island has two official languages:
Maltese and English. The vast majority of Maltese people speak English, due largely to the country having been a British colony in the past Italian is also widely spoken, while French and German are also commonly spoken.
Healthcare and Medical Treatment
Malta has one of the best health services in the world and all EU nationals resident in Malta are eligible to receive free medical treatment at government-funded hospitals and clinics, though it may be necessary to produce your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The main general hospital is the state-of-the-art Mater Dei Hospital in Msida, while most towns and villages have their own medical clinics. While free health care is available for EU Nationals, the Maltese Ministry of Health advises all foreign residents to take out private medical insurance to ensure they are covered. In addition to the public health service Malta has several private hospitals located around the island.
Education and Schools
The children of expatriates living in Malta can be educated in one of the private international schools, or enrolled in the local state, church or independent schools. The local school system is based on the British model, and provides an excellent standard of education. Education is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 16.
Kindergarten facilities are also available, free of charge, for all children aged between three and five. Tertiary education is offered through the University of Malta, the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) and numerous private colleges affiliated to British, US or European Universities and educational institutions.
Leisure, Entertainment and Sports
Waters sports are extremely popular in Malta, where the climate and sea conditions are perfect for year round activity. There are excellent conditions for scuba diving and snorkeling, particularly as the sea temperature never drops below 13 degrees C (55 degrees F), even in winter. The best sites are on the northern coast of Malta.
There are also a number of highly popular spectator sports, including national water polo competitions, horse-racing, day pigeon shooting and football. Malta has one golf course, located at the Royal Malta Golf Club, which is adjacent to the Marsa Sports and Country Club, on the road to the airport from ValIetta.
There are a wide range of festivals celebrated in Malta. In addition, every town or village in Malta celebrates the feast of its patron saint with a big outdoor festival that often includes processions, band marches, fireworks, bare-back horse riding through the streets, singing and dancing.
Sliema, St Julian’s, Valletta and Hamrun provide the best shopping in Malta, with both stand-alone boutiques and retail outlets and shopping malls being available. International brands are widely available. While there are few designer-clothes outlets on the island, most major European high street clothing brands are present in Malta. Shops usually open from 9am – 1 pm and 4pm – 7pm and most are closed on Sundays, except for those located inside the Bay Street Shopping Centre in St. Julian’s, and some outlets in busy tourist resorts such as Bugibba.