Living In Malta: Top 10 Stats & Surpising Facts

23 September 2016 By Alastair Cleland

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​If you're exploring careers in Malta, you'll want to know all you can about life on the island. To help you out, we've put together 10 facts about life here in Malta - some of which might surprise you...

1) Malta was voted the 2nd best place in the world to live and work as an expat. We're pretty sure the island's 300+ days of sun is a crucial factor.

2) Game of Thrones fans will recall the iconic Gozo as location for Season 1's fictional 'King's Landing'. Other big-name blockbusters filmed in Malta include Gladiator, Troy, World War Z and The Da Vinci Code. 

3) Malta is one of the world's most popular beach destinations, as judged by Expedia travellers. They're not just for tourists, though - residents know where to look for secluded coves and retreats. (Perhaps that's why Malta's residents - native and expat - are some of the world's happiest!)

4) An architectural melting pot of Mediterranean wonders, Malta is home to Greek Byzantine structures, Baroque cathedrals and ancient temples that out-date even Egypt's pyramids. 

5) Malta's one of the few places in the world you'll encounter fireworks... in the daytime. Known locally as petards, they make a loud bang with a puff of smoke. It's just one of numerous traditions locals enjoy during their summer festivals here.

6) Valetta will be European Capital of Culture 2018. An impressive cultural programme will feature visual arts, film, literature and live music, along with high profile community engagement projects.

7) Air Malta flies to over35 countries around Europe. Friends and family in the UK? Take one of 25 weekly flights back home. How about Germany? 15 a week. Neighbouring Italy? 20. (Unless, of course, you'd prefer to take to the seas.)

8) Malta's healthcare provision is top notch, boasting 42 clinics, 8 healthcare centres and 11,000+ staff. Residents, expats and visitors to Malta are well catered for. Read more about Malta's healthcare in our full Candidate Guide.

9) In Summer 2016, Malta introduced specially-trained tourism police, supporting tourists and locals in the St Julian's area. Crime rates in Malta are some of the lowest in Europe.

10) From Maltese to Cantonese, English to Afrikaans, you'll find a huge range of languages spoken in Malta. Although Maltese and English are official languages, immigration, tourism and student communities have all contributed to Malta's extremely broad cultural horizons.

Explore Careers & Life in Malta

Obviously, if you're seriously considering moving to Malta (or any new country, for that matter), you'll need to get an in-depth picture of what's ahead. To help, our Malta Relocation Guide includes details about work, life, money, accomodation and more.