Language FAQs: Is English Spoken in Malta?

Language FAQs: Is English Spoken in Malta

When travelling abroad, you need to know if you’ll be able to speak the local language and properly communicate — Malta is no exception. If you’re planning to visit or relocate to the archipelago, one of your first questions may be, “Is English spoken in Malta?”

Short answer? Yes. However, the languages spoken in Malta vary from region to region.

Yes, Malta is one of the only Mediterranean countries where locals speak English, but it’s not that simple. Depending on the region, people might speak primarily Maltese or even Italian. If you want to ensure you can communicate easily with the locals as you navigate the setting and plan your stay, you’ll have to look into the specific regions where you plan to visit or relocate.

In this guide, we’ll dive deep into the different languages spoken in Malta’s various regions. You’ll learn about the country’s official languages, which are used in government documents for those who plan to relocate, other languages spoken in the country and how commonly used those languages are.

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Working in Malta: Jobs, Permits & Self-Employment

Working in Malta

Have you visited Malta and fallen in love with it? Are you dreaming of escaping the rat race with your eyes set on a unique destination like Malta? If either of these describes you, you’re not alone. People from all over the world are flocking to the archipelago with hopes of settling and working in Malta.

Many choose to retire in Malta, but that’s years away — and quite expensive. Why wait when you can enjoy Malta right now? If you continue working and earning an income while living on the island, you can carry on with everyday life while reaping the benefits of living in the archipelago.

As a foreigner, there are some key elements to consider when planning your move, especially pertaining to how to work. The purpose of this guide is to describe the necessary permits and visas needed, explain the types of jobs in Malta for foreigners, discuss where to look for employment, and explore whether self-employment is an option for you.

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Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Malta

Moving to Malta

Are you thinking of moving to Malta? Everything from the lovely weather to the favorable tax rates make our country a preferred choice for relocation.

Some people make the move to Malta a goal of their carefully orchestrated life plan, to retire within view of the sunny Mediterranean. Others take an offer from their employer and change settings much more quickly.

Either way, there are essential details that will need to be taken care of in order for your relocation to go as smoothly as possible. This is the guide to take the stress out of moving.

Whether you’re thinking about hiring a mover or concerned about residence status for your self-employed spouse a bit of trepidation is understandable. And your perspective on moving to Malta will depend on your current home country.

Below you’ll find details on moving to Malta from various parts of the world, details to think about and, maybe most importantly, a complete checklist to walk through the process with. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Malta”

Living in Malta as an Expat: Costs, Safety, Pros & Cons

Living in Malta

Saying “yes” to Malta is an easy choice. Thousands of digital nomads and other expats have made the move and are successfully running their own companies or working for Maltese operations here.

But what about the details?

What will it cost to live in Malta? Do you have to worry about crime in one of Europe’s southernmost countries? Does Malta have an expat community? Can you retire to Malta?

Picking up stakes and moving to another country can be a quick decision but some research can help you feel more connected once you arrive.

We’ll address these questions with special attention paid to the comparative costs, best cities to live and details of the expat life here, along with other relevant information on Malta.

Read on for all you need to know about living in Malta.

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The Best Places to Live in Malta

Best Place to Live in Malta

At less than 50 kilometers from one end of the main island to the other, Malta seems like a small, easily accessible country. How hard could it be to find a place to live in a country where everything is supposedly a 35-minute drive from everything else?

Well, the usual problem of rush-hour traffic applies even more than normal to Malta’s aging road system. If your commute involves a trip into one of the historic areas with even narrower streets, it could climb above 75 minutes, each way.

Factor in dropping the kids off at school and life in a Mediterranean paradise could easily become a life spent in frustrating traffic.

So, the usual consideration about proximity to work and school definitely applies when it comes time to find a place to live in Malta.

Luckily, there are plenty of options for where to live in Malta spread across the five districts of the main island, plus Gozo.

Some of these are better suited to English-speaking expats in Malta or to those with a family. Below you’ll find an all-inclusive guide to answering the “where should I live in Malta?” question. Continue reading “The Best Places to Live in Malta”

Your Guide to International & Private Schools in Malta

Private Schools in Malta

Malta’s history as a magnet for expats goes back at least two hundred years so it’s no surprise that there are many private schools in Malta geared to this community.

The island’s history with Catholic orders goes back even further so several of these schools are parochial in nature. Or at least maintain a Catholic-sounding name.

In general, the school curriculum in Malta is based on standards leftover from the country’s association with Britain.

While English is one of the official languages in Malta, it often comes second to Maltese in terms of the language of choice for instruction in Maltese public schools.

If you’re looking at private schools in Malta, this guide will help you pick the best one for your child.

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Health Insurance in Malta

Malta Health Insurance

Malta’s healthcare system is one of the country’s main selling features. In fact, some world rankings have put it as high as 5th globally.

That level of excellence comes at a cost. Citizens and most residents have access to free health insurance in Malta that is supported by social security contributions made by employees and employers.

For things that aren’t covered, there are private health insurance options in Malta. Buying one of these policies can be a smart move for expats.

Below is an outline of how the system works, what’s covered and estimates for the cost of one of Malta’s health insurance options.

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