Malta

Malta

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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Fast Facts About Malta

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  • Population: 411,277
  • Capital City: Valletta
  • Climate: Mediterranean; mild, rainy winters; hot, dry summers.
  • Time Zone: UTC+1
  • Language: Maltese (official), English (official)
  • Country Code: 356

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Bodrum Harbor

Homes by the Ocean for Weekend Sailors

Do you like the idea of a life at sea…but only in short doses? Sunset cruises, fishing excursions, day trips, and the occasional long weekend jaunts to anchor off a remote island…? The ocean can be your playground.

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Why Mediterranean Malta Could Be the Safest Bet in Real Estate Today

Malta is a safe place to put your real estate dollars. During the last six years of economic crisis this stable and peaceful haven was left untouched. That comes as no surprise to the international business community that knows this Mediterranean island nation well. For the past five centuries, Malta has managed to negotiate its way out of troubles that have crushed empires.

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“How I Became a Successful Online Publisher Overnight”

I live on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean. The weather is great, the income tax is low, and the Internet is fast. There are daily flights to hubs like Rome, Frankfurt, London, and Dubai. So it’s convenient for dipping into the art and culture of Europe…or taking more adventurous trips to the Middle East and Africa.

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Ecuador, Uruguay and Malta Boast Best Climates in the World

InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index names Ecuador, Uruguay and Malta as the best three countries in the world when it comes to climate. Their temperate weather throughout the year, moderate rainfall and little risk of natural disaster saw them rise to the top of the Climate category, one of eight categories in the Index, which details the top countries in the world for retirement in 2014.

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Be Free To Travel Anywhere with This Money-Making Portable Career

In December 2012, I was sitting in my beautiful waterfront apartment in Malta, a small, hidden gem of an island in the Mediterranean, drinking coffee while soaking up the stunning views. The turquoise waters were glistening from the warm, morning sun, pleasure boats everywhere. That view was also my office view.

English-speaking Malta is an easy place to integrate into the community.

Best Places to Retire Overseas Where it’s Easy to Integrate

Integration into your new community is very important. When you move overseas, you want to know that you will be accepted into the community and make new friends quickly, which will in turn make the transition between countries and cultures easier.

In Pictures: The World’s Best Retirement Havens in 2014

For more than 30 years, International Living has been researching the best retirement havens in the world…and every January the Annual Global Retirement Index is released—highlighting the best places for you to retire. This Index ranks the top 24 countries in the world for retirement in 8 categories. The top 10 countries that feature on the list this year each bring spectacular benefits for retirees living overseas—from great health care and ideal climates to a low cost of living and financial perks for retirees. Starting with number 10, here are our top retirement havens for 2014.

Uruguay enjoys four distinct seasons including a warm summer.

Best Places to Retire Overseas and Escape to a Better Climate

Tired of shoveling snow, braving the torrential rain or wrapping up against the bitter cold? If so, check out these top three places to retire for a better climate as ranked in International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2014. With a perfect score of 100 and for the second year in a row, Ecuador comes out top in the Climate category and is the overall runner up in this year’s Global Retirement Index. Lying directly on the equator, it enjoys 12 hours of direct equatorial daylight 365 days a year.

Record Numbers of Americans Wave Goodbye to Uncle Sam

Record Numbers of Americans Wave Goodbye to Uncle Sam

The number of U.S. taxpayers renouncing their American citizenship or permanent-resident status is accelerating. For many, the benefits of U.S. citizenship no longer outweigh the costs. Whether you are a high-net-worth individual or a young entrepreneur with a lifetime of earnings ahead of you, renouncing your U.S. citizenship is the only way to end your U.S. tax obligations.

Citizenship Up For Sale

Citizenship Up For Sale

The Maltese government had planned to sell citizenship to foreign investors, as part of an Individual Investor Programme. The fact that the government have had to postpone these plans highlights the risks of a program like this and the fact that many of these programs have not stood the test of time. However, the idea of “selling” a passport is not a new concept. Many countries have implemented a similar program to attract foreign investors.

Two Pockets Of Opportunity In Europe—Window Now Closing

Two Pockets of Opportunity in Europe—Window Now Closing

Real estate bubbles send all prices too high. When they pop, they bring everything down with them. Sometimes too far. The same irrational views that drove the prices up help push them down, and for a short time quality properties become very cheap. That’s when you should buy: before the fear subsides and prices go up once again.

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Three Great English Speaking Islands

Living on an island conjures up images of white sandy beaches, sparkling blue water and no rush hour traffic.We all dream of one day retiring to a tropical paradise, buying a second home in a quaint beach town where its summer all year round, or relocating our lives to an island in the sun. But it can be more than just a dream…your tropical island or beach life can be a reality. There are tropical destinations around the world where you can be by the beach…

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Build a Portable Career that Allows You to Live Anywhere

Six weeks ago, I left my luxurious, sea-view condo in Costa Rica (my second home) to return to my first home—Malta, a Mediterranean island, surrounded by turquoise waters. Relaxing with a glass of champagne in First Class on the way over to London, I knew I was going to miss the long, sandy beaches, stunning sunsets each night after playing beach volleyball, and the amazing wildlife and postcard-perfect scenery.

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Enjoy a Great Quality of Life in Malta

I’m in Valletta, capital of the small island nation of Malta. The smallest country in the European Union (just 122 square miles), Malta has long been a vacation spot for sun-starved northern Europeans and a tax haven for the wealthy. Multi-million-dollar yachts fill Malta’s marinas. Yet you’ll find great bang for your buck here.

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The Old-World Charms of European Islands

They may not have the tropical vibe or clear blue waters of the Caribbean or the Far East, but the islands of Europe do exude their own brand of natural beauty…and are infused with history.

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Cultured, English-Speaking, Mediterranean: Valletta

In the last few years, Valletta, Malta’s capital city, has thrown off its reputation as a musty, dusty destination where there is little to do but go to museums. Today Valletta offers concerts, films, open-air exhibitions, yummy dining, and more. Those living here—both Maltese and locals—are eager to welcome new faces.

Going Gourmet In Nicaragua…And More

Going Gourmet in Nicaragua…And More

Gourmet dining may not spring to mind when you think of Nicaragua. But top-class restaurants serving international cuisine as well as the best of Nicaraguan food are growing in number.

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A Chinese Property Bubble

Figures released by the IMF reveal that the three least-affordable cities to buy a home in are Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzen in Mainland China. And the fourth least-affordable city is Hong Kong!

European Island Life for $68 a Day in Valletta, Malta

European Island Life for $68 a Day in Valletta, Malta

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.

Securing a Visa to Malta

Securing a Visa to Malta

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.

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The Two Best Climates on Earth

This year, two countries tied first place for the best climate in the world. They’re both English-speaking but only one is safe, with a flat 15% tax rate, excellent health care and ocean views…

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Mediterranean Malta—The Best Climate In The World

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.

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Your Passport to a New Life Overseas

You need a “story” when you move to a new place. Some identity that the people you’ll meet can latch on to. A way to fit in.

Escaping from George to Gozo

Escaping from George to Gozo

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.

Seven days on historic Malta and Gozo

Seven days on historic Malta and Gozo

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.

Malta the best climate in the world

The Best Climate in the World

Don’t be embarrassed if you can’t pinpoint Malta on a map.Though it has the best climate in the world, this little island nation is not on everyone’s radar.

2005 Annual Global Retirement Index: The world’s top retirement havens

2005 Annual Global Retirement Index: The world’s top retirement havens

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.

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Malta and Gozo: The Owner’s Manual 2001

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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