Climate: Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers.
Population: 409,836 (July 2011 est.)
Language: Maltese (official) 90.2%, English (official) 6%, multilingual 3%, other 0.8% (2005 census).
Religion: Roman Catholic 98%
Time Zone: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time). Daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October.
Malta has the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, a warm and sunny climate, a peaceful lifestyle waiting to be lived. Anchored almost in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, 60 miles from the Italian island of Sicily, Malta isn’t a mainstream destination for North American tourists. In fact, it’s probably no exaggeration to say that few of your friends and colleagues will have an inkling as to where this little island is.
For discerning travelers with a love of culture, history, and excellent weather, that’s good news. It’s a treat to come across places that haven’t had all the charm and identity crushed out of them by the hoards of visitors who have landed on their shores.
The big question is, what can this island offer you as a prospective resident? Well, how about a tranquil way of life and virtually non-existent crime? Year-round Mediterranean sunshine?The opportunity to benefit from a considerable reduction in your tax burden?
These are just some of the advantages to living in the Republic of Malta. What’s more, you will not have to learn a foreign language. Everybody on the islands speaks English as a second language.
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- European Island Life for $68 a Day in Valletta, Malta
Posted on January 19, 2012 by anon
I’ve traveled in 92 countries, lived in Thailand and the Middle East, climbed the Pyramids, gone dog-sledding in Finland, trekked in Mali, seen the “gorillas in the mist” in Rwanda, and gone hot-air ballooning over the desert in Australia.
Malta offers an idyllic Mediterranean climate, extremely low levels of taxation, moderate property prices, reasonable living costs, excellent communications and a picturesque and friendly environment. For these reasons Malta continues to attract foreign nationals seeking to take up residency under the relatively simple procedures available.
- International Living’s 2011 Quality of Life Index Reveals Best Climate in the World
Posted on January 7, 2011 by Dan Prescher
Two countries have tied for first place with the best climate on earth in this year’s Quality of Life Index, published last week in International Living magazine.
- U.S. Claims Top Spot in IL’s Quality of Life Index 2011
Posted on January 3, 2011 by Dan Prescher
International Living has just published its annual Quality of Life Index for 2011. The Index ranks most countries in the world in nine different categories to come up with overall ratings for their comparative qualities of life.
- Bargain Mediterranean: Sunny, Historic, English-speaking Malta
Posted on October 27, 2009 by Len Galvin
When you think “European Coast,” what comes to mind? Maybe somewhere to nibble tapas on the Spanish costas…revel in the glitz and glamour of the French Côte d’Azur…or enjoy the history of the Italian Riviera.
- Mediterranean Malta—The Best Climate In The World
Posted on October 19, 2009 by International Living
With 96 points out of 100, the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo received the top score in the Climate category of IL’s Annual Retirement Index (released last month).
These islands, undiscovered jewels that most people couldn’t pinpoint on a map, offer blue skies and sunshine—even in January and February.
I’ve crossed paths with the larger-than-life Barbara Bode many times in the past six years: in New Orleans, on a cruise of the Mexican Riviera, three times on the mainland of Mexico, and twice in Ecuador¾once during a volcano eruption. Like a jack-in-the-box, she just keeps popping up.
English-speaking Malta, a Mediterranean nation with a rich history, remains largely undiscovered by North Americans. Malta and Gozo, the two main islands, are both small, making a week-long vacation enough time to comfortably explore the seven best sites here.
From the air, the Maltese archipelago resembles tiny stepping stones that some ancient god scattered across the Mediterranean. Since antiquity, these outposts have served as a bridge linking southern Italy to North Africa—and Western Europe to the Middle East. They were inhabited way before St. Paul was shipwrecked on Malta’s western shore and early Christians burrowed under sun-baked rocks to build catacombs for their dead.
Remember how that classic Hollywood movie, The Maltese Falcon , begins? “In 1539, the Knights Templar of Malta paid tribute to Charles V of Spain by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels… but pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day.”
- Best spots in the Maltese vacation property market
Posted on April 23, 2007 by International Living
It’s not only the sun and the crystal-clear sea that attracts thousands of visitors to the Maltese islands—the friendliness of the local English-speaking inhabitants, their rich history and culture, the relaxed lifestyle, and leisure facilities all contribute to Malta’s charm. With Europe’s biggest budget airline Ryanair now running daily flights between the UK and Malta, and three weekly flights to and from Pisa and Dublin, demand for vacation property—already on the increase since Malta joined the EU in 2004—looks set to boom.
If you think that the island nation of Malta has no cuisine of its own, and that the locals lazily copy the menus of their European neighbors, prepare to be enlightened. This false impression came about because the Maltese traditionally do not dine outside their homes and many restaurants don’t bother to serve local dishes (believing that the vast majority of tourists fear sampling anything other than what they’d see back home).
- 2005 Annual Global Retirement Index: The world’s top retirement havens
Posted on September 1, 2005 by Laura Doyle
For the fifth year in a row, Panama has taken top honors in our Annual Global Retirement Index. It comes out on top in every category, including the Special Benefits (for retirees) category, boasting the world’s best pensionado program, better than the famed Costa Rica program of the 1980s. Plus it boasts a low cost of living, affordable real estate, great weather in the interior, and, extraordinary and unique in this part of the world, First World Panama City, with infrastructure that works, U.S-style shopping malls, nightclubs, restaurants, cafes…even Dunkin Donuts and The Colonel’s fried chicken.
- The World According To International Living—25 Places To Watch In 2005
Posted on May 1, 2005 by International Living
The world according to International Living: Where should you be thinking about spending your time and your money right now? Following are the top 25 places on our radar screen:
Malta and Gozo, undiscovered jewels that most people couldn’t pinpoint on a map, offer blue skies and sunshine–even in January and February–plus a low cost of living (live well here on $750 per month or less)…affordable “houses of character”…zero crime…an excellent health care system (the envy of its European neighbors)…and serious tax breaks.
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