About Malta

Located in the center of the Mediterranean, between Europe and North Africa, Malta is the European Union's smallest member state. Famous for its 7,000-year history and 300 days of sunshine, Malta has emerged as one of the most remarkable success stories in the Eurozone. Recognized for its pro-business attitude, state-of-the-art infrastructure and modest costs of doing business, it has become the go-to country for growth-minded entrepreneurs and multinational companies. 

High quality of life in a Mediterranean island environment with English as one of Malta's official languages.

Malta relies on foreign trade and given its location this is mainly with the EU, Asia and the US. Its economy is dominated by tourism, manufacturing, technology and finance. A strong technology infrastructure has attracted firms such as Lufthansa Technik and Dubai’s Tecom; while in terms of indirect investment, the island has become a firm favourite for hedge funds and is ideally positioned geographically and culturally as a financial centre in the EU and Eurozone. 

As an EU jurisdiction with favourable tax rates, an excellent infrastructure and a balmy Mediterranean climate, the combination looks set for Malta to establish itself as the place of choice for businesses. 

Fun facts

  • Country's Full Name: Republic of Malta (Republika ta' Malta)
  • Capital City: Valletta
  • Population: 475,701 (as at December 2017)
  • Official Languages: Maltese and English
  • Currency: Euro - Malta joined the Eurozone on January 1, 2008
  • Religion: 98% - Roman Catholics. Other denominations have places of worship.
  • Location: 93 km south of Sicily (Italy); 288 km east of Tunisia
  • International Dialing Code: +356
  • Terrain: Mostly low, rocky, with dissected plains and many coastal cliffs
  • Climate: Mediterranean with hot dry summers and cool, short winters. Annual rainfall is 600mm (24 inches) and falls mostly between October and March.

Malta comprises three major islands

  • Malta - 246 sq km (94.9 square miles) 
  • Gozo - 67 sq km (25.9 square miles) 
  • Comino - 3 sq km (1.1 square miles)

Public Holidays in Malta

  • New Year’s Day (1 January) 
  • Feast of St Paul's Shipwreck (10 February) 
  • Feast of St Joseph the Worker (19 March) 
  • Good Friday (changes annually)
  • Freedom Day (31 March) 
  • Labour Day (1 May) 
  • Commemoration of the 1919 Uprising/Sette Giugno (7 June) 
  • Feast of St Peter and St Paul (29 June) 
  • Feast of the Assumption (15 August) 
  • Nativity of Our Lady (8 September) 
  • Independence Day (21 September) 
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December) 
  • Republic Day (13 December) 
  • Christmas Day (25 December)

Top 10 Reason to Study in Malta

1. English is the official language

2. Job opportunities in a growing economy

3. Work while studying

4. One of the safest countries in the EU

5. Multicultural community

6. Rich history and architecture

7. One of the most affordable EU countries

8. Great year-long climate

9. Connection to 26 other Schengen countries

10. Active nightlife and festivals