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Thinking of relocating to Malta?
Relocating to a new city or country can be a big step; especially when you have a new job to face as well. You can only really get a good feel for a country when you have been there, but please keep reading our guide on Malta to give you an overview of this country and what it has to offer, from the essentials to the desirables...
The Republic of Malta is a small but heavily populated island nation in the middle of the Mediterranean. Consisting of 7 islands it is a popular tourist resort due to it's tropical climate, exciting nightlife, and a history dating back thousands of years.
During the first eight months of 2007, economic growth increased by 3.6%. Possessing few indigenous raw materials and a very small domestic market, Malta's recent economic development has been based on tourism, accounting for roughly 30% of GDP, and exports of manufactured goods, mainly semi-conductors, which account for some 75% of total Maltese exports. Since the beginning of the 1990s, expansion in these activities has been the principal engine for strong growth in the Maltese economy.
There are some restrictions on what types of real estate a foreign national can own in Malta. Generally speaking, a foreign national is able to buy one piece of residential property that will be used as that person's primary residence or that will be used by that person as a holiday residence during part of the year.
The educational system in Malta is divided into three main branches: Primary Education, which extends from age five till eleven, Secondary Education which stretches from age eleven to sixteen, and Tertiary Education. Malta have one University, recognised by major foreign Universities. Education is compulsory from age five to sixteen. Parents can opt to send their children to State, Church or Private Schools.
Maltese is the official first language, however English is widely spoken and is taught in schools. Italian is also widely spoken due to it's close proximity to Italy.
The official currency of Malta is the Euro.
The Euro (currency sign: € currency code: EUR) is the official currency of fifteen member states of the European Union (EU). The states, known collectively as the Eurozone and also of eleven further states with formal agreements.
The exchange rate to the British Pound Sterling is around €1.20 to £1.00 as of December 2008. Due to the fluctuations of world currencies, this should be used solely as reference and currency conversion rates should be checked with a currency exchange provider or your bank.
The public bus service is a good way to get around Malta. Buses serve major tourist areas and go just about everywhere. A regular ferry service links Ċirkewwa on Malta and Mġarr on Gozo, taking about 20min each way. There are also regular boat services between each island and Comino. Official Maltese taxis are white and as of mid-2006, taxi drivers have been using meters to determine the fare (except from the airport and port, where there are set fares).
The climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers, warm and sporadically wet autumns, and short, cool winters with adequate rainfall. Nearly three-fourths of the total annual rainfall of about 600 millimetres (24 inches) falls between October and March; June, July, and August are normally quite dry. The temperature is very stable, the annual mean being 18ºC (64ºF) and the monthly averages ranging from 12º C (54ºF) to 31ºC (88ºF).
Visas are not required for visits of up to three months by nationals of most Commonwealth countries (including the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, but excluding South Africa, India and Pakistan), nationals of EU countries, nationals of most non-EU countries (excluding Russia), and nationals of the US and Japan. Other nationalities must apply to the Maltese embassy, high commission or consulate in their country. If you wish to stay in Malta for more than three months, you should apply for an extension at the Immigration Office in Floriana before the three months are up.
The University of Malta is one of the oldest universities in the world and was founded in 1592.
Malta has no natural resources, lakes or rivers.
- Malta is home to seven Megalithic structures that are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with the oldest structures dating from the 6th Millennium BCE, making it 1,000 years older than the Pyramids of Egypt