Malta’s economic growth and investment from international companies have long caught the attention of high-flying foreign professionals. Today, some 6% of Malta’s population is foreign, with many people coming from the UK, Scandinavia, Italy and Spain, but also from France and Germany. The majority of expats finds it easy to meet new people in Malta; and many count locals, as well as other expats among their friends.
The World’s best Climate
With more than 300 days of sun a year, expatriates in Malta often become the envy of friends back home. Hot, dry summers and mild winters have earned Malta the title of World’s Best Climate by ‘International Living’ magazine. Even in winter Malta enjoys an average of 5 to 6 hours of sunshine and more than 12 hours a day in summer.
A Home in the Sun
Malta boasts a wide range of properties available to rent or purchase, from furnished apartments to farmhouses, villas with pools, and even palazzos. Finding a good property close to amenities is fairly easy. A large number of local and international real- estate agents provide sales and letting services and can assist in locating suitable property.
Although working hours do not vary significantly from those in other countries, many expats say that they enjoy a better work-life balance in Malta. Overtime is the exception, rather than the rule, while Malta’s small size means beaches, sports facilities and restaurants are just a short ride away. As in many southern European countries, family plays an important role in Maltese society. This also means that time-off during evenings and weekends is respected.
Cost of Living
Although on the rise, the cost of living in Malta is one of the lowest in Europe and ranks somewhere in the middle in terms of a global league table. On average, the cost is one third of that in the world’s most expensive cities. Everyday groceries are on average more expensive in Malta than in Eastern European countries, however they are cheaper than in most Western countries and in global business centres.
Scale of Opportunity
Although the finance sector is important to the island’s economy, Malta is more than just finance: the island’s diversified economy is performing exceptionally well, offering exciting and dynamic employment opportunities in a host of sectors such as education, health, gaming, maritime and aviation, to name but a few. For dual- career couples this means that accompanying spouses and partners usually do not struggle to find work.
Traditional Maltese Festa
Malta’s Mediterranean climate lends itself to a year-round outdoor lifestyle of water sports, golfing, hiking, fishing, horse riding and more. The conditions for scuba diving and snorkelling are excellent, particularly as the sea temperature never drops below 13C (55F). Malta has one golf course, located at the Royal Malta Golf Club, and gyms, football or water polo clubs can be found all over the island.
Active in Malta
The sea, cafes, restaurants, clubs, cinemas, theatres, sports clubs or gyms are almost always within a walking distance of office complexes or residential areas. Malta hosts many great festivals of culture and art. Each town or village even has its own annual feast and parade for the patron saint. For those in need of some retail therapy, Malta is home to shopping malls for big brand names and markets for local goods.