About Malta

Valletta

Malta is an archipelago of 5 islands in the middle of the Mediterranean, two of which are inhabited (Malta and Gozo). The population of Malta stands at around half a million, which, given its surface area of 300 square kilometres, makes it one of the most densley populated areas in the world. 

Civilization here is documented from prehistoric times. In fact, Malta is home to the oldest free-standing monuments in the world, thought to belong to a fertility cult that was present on the islands around 5,000 B.C.

Malta was a much-sought after location, due to its strategic position, and as a result was colonized by many throughout the centuries, from the Romans, to the Arabs, Normans, French, the Knights of St. John, and finally the British. The country gained its independence on September 21, 1964 and became a republic on December 13, 1974. Since then the country has made large strides ahead in governship, private enterprise, and civil society.

 

Azure windowHaving been part of the British empire for close to 200 years, English became a widely spoken language and today, Malta is in fact officially bilingual, speaking English and Maltese, a language of semitic origian but reflecting the country's past through its vocabulary which denotes wide European influence. Most Maltese can speak at least one foreign language, with the most commonly spoken being Italian, French, German or Arabic.

Clients wishing to work with Maltese companies benefit from a country which has a highly developed IT structure, a highly competitive business environment, the lateset technology around, and various government incentives. 

 

Quick facts:      
Population 500,000 Languages English and Maltese
Surface area 300 sq. km Capital city Valletta
Airport Luqa International Airport  Timezone GMT +1 (saving daylight hours)
Currency Euro Religion Roman Catholic
       
Distance from major European hubs:    
Rome 689KM Frankfurt 1828KM
Paris 1749KM London 2086KM
       
Maltese public holidays: (our offices will be closed on these days)
January 1 New Year's Day June 29 St. Peter and St. Paul
February 10 St. Paul's Shipwreck August 15 The Assumption
March 19 St. Joseph's Day September 8 Our Lady of Victories
March 31 Freedom Day September 21 Independence Day
March/April (date changes) Good Friday December 8 Immaculate Conception
May 1 Labour Day December 13 Republic Day
June 7 Sette Giugno December 25 Christmas Day
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