When moving to a new country or planning to buy a property, there is so much to learn. Ideally you start from the basic information, so read on to learn some important facts about Malta.
- Language: Maltese and English are official languages
- Religion: Roman Catholic There are over 350 churches on the Maltese islands. Many were built in the seventeenth century, making them sights to behold even for non-believers. With their bell towers and domes, the churches are an integral part of the Maltese skyline
- Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz
The three-pin rectangular plug system is used, as in Britain. Adapters are very easy to find
- Time: Malta follows Central European Time (CET)
- Currency: Euro €
- Banks: Banks, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and exchange bureaus can be found all over the Islands. There are over 20 banks in Malta Banks; varying from retail banks to investment banks. For a full list clickhere
- Government: Republic.
- Driving: Driving is on the left.
- Public Holidays: Believe it or not Malta and Gozo have 14 annual Public Holidays!
Public Feasts and Holidays
- 1st January - New Year's Day
- 10th February - Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck
- 19th March - Feast of St. Joseph
- 31st March - Freedom Day
- March / April (date changes) - Good Friday
- 1st May - Labour Day
- 7th June - Sette Giugno
- 29th June - Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (L-Imnarja)
- 15th August - Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady (Santa Marija)
- 8th September - Feast of Our Lady of Victories
- 21st September - Independence Day
- 8th December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- 13th December - Republic Day
- 25th December - Christmas Day
Maltese cuisine reflects Maltese history, showing strong Sicilian and English influences as well as influences of Spanish, French, North African, Provençal, and other Mediterranean cuisines. Some traditional main dishes and snacks include: Hobz biz-Zejt, Rabbit Stew, Lampuki Pie, Bigilla, Pastizzi, Kapunata, Bragioli.
For more useful information about Malta you can visit the following websites:
Malta Tourism Authority
Malta Inside Out