Life In Malta

Put simply, Malta offers a fantastic quality of life.  A rich history spanning 7,000 years, a climate offering 300 days of Mediterranean sunshine, high quality-low cost property and a favourable tax position, what is there not to like? Throw in the relaxed lifestyle, modern bars, restaurants and nightlife and you can easily see why Malta was ranked 3rd in the Quality of life Index. Click Here for more about Malta.

Climate
Malta’s climate is typical of the Mediterranean and is strongly influenced by the sea. The islands have a pleasant sunny climate with a daily average of 12 hours sunshine in summer and 6 hours in mid-winter. Annual rainfall is low and swimming in the sea is quite possible well into the “winter months” and peak beach season can last until mid to late October.

History (In Brief)
The Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, The Romans, The Byzantines, the Arabs and the Spanish all ruled the islands for varying lengths of time. The Arabs who arrived in 800AD stayed for over 200 years and laid the foundations for the origins of the Maltese language. In 1530 the islands passed into the hands of the knights of St John, who eventually surrendered these to Napoleon in 1798. The French rule was brief lasting just two years before the British liberated the country from the French in 1800. This started 160 year period of British rule during which time Malta played a significant and crucial role in the 2nd world war. On 21st September 1964 Malta gained its Independence and became a Republic in 1973. In 2004 Malta became a fully fledged member of the EU.

Location
The Maltese Archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean. English and Maltese are the official languages although Italian is widely spoken.  2 to 3 hours is all you need to get to Malta by air from most European cities. Direct and Frequent flights are readily available throughout Europe. Flights are also operated from North Africa & ME destinations. As an EU country, Malta’s visa requirements fall in line with EU policy. The island also form part of the Schengen travel area. Daily high speed catamaran services for passengers, cars, heavy vehicles connect Valetta, Malta and Sicily. Other ferry services connect Valetta with Italy and North Africa.
  • 93 km South of Sicily
  • 290km North of Africa
  • 1,826km East of Gibraltar
  • 1,940km West of Tel Aviv
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Cost of living in Malta
Living in Malta is considerably cheaper than most city centres. Plentiful high quality housing at low cost prices compared to other European centres and significantly cheaper travel costs aligned to the beneficial tax rates available  all add up to ensure you get to spend more of your hard earned € Euro on the things you enjoy. Excellent healthcare facilities and cheap sports clubs Click Here for a full breakdown of average prices or to compare with your current location.
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