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Why Should You Move to Malta?

15 September, 2017 6 comments

If you’re looking for a new country to move to, if you are looking to emigrate abroad and not sure where to go, this is the right place for you. Let’s discuss Malta. It’s very possible you’ve never heard of Malta, so today I will share with you six reasons why you should make this island your new home. Anyone looking to live in another country should consider the Mediterranean island of Malta. Life here is easy and I’m sure there will be a whole host of pros to starting your life again, abroad.

An Introduction to Malta

Malta is a teeny tiny little country located just south of Sicily. It’s 316 km2 with a population, by now, of nearly 500,000 (compare that to London, which is 1,572 km2). The national languages are jointly Maltese and English and you do not need to know Maltese to live here. You’ll enjoy a very typical Mediterranean life, with long hot summers and short mild winters and a heavy focus on food and socialising. Malta is part of the EU, which makes moving here, for other EU nationals, incredibly easy.

In Malta…

So, let’s look at my top six reasons for moving to Malta.

1. In Malta… they speak English

English is the joint official language, along with their national language, Maltese, and English is enough to live here. For better or for worse, you don’t need Maltese at all to live in Malta, in fact, many Maltese people either don’t know Maltese or rarely speak it. The language itself is a mix of Italian, English and Arabic, making it incredibly hard to learn. 99% of the island speaks English so if, like me, languages are not your forte, there is no need to worry.

2. In Malta… the sun is always shining

Malta boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, on average. The summers are long and very, very hot, and the winters are mild and sunny. There is some rain in the winter, and it feels a lot colder than the temperature registers due to the humidity and lack of central heating, but the sun is almost always shining. Even on those days where it rains, it’s generally a wet hour then back to glorious sunshine.

3. In Malta… the life is easy

Malta is a mediterranean island, so the lifestyle is very laid back. No one is ever in a rush on this island. This can be infuriating when you first move here, if you are used to fast paced efficiency, but once you settle into the Maltese way of life, it’s incredibly gratifying. There is always time to breathe, to stop and smell the roses. You don’t miss the important things in life because you’re too busy stressing about the small things. No matter how bad your day was, you’ll walk home, lifted by the sunshine, see people smiling and happy all around you and you will instantly relax and remember that life is good.

4. In Malta… it’s easy to get away

Malta is a small island, and has the potential to become suffocating. Make sure you never get to that point by utilising the many public holidays and as many weekends and vacations as possible to grab cheap flights to all over Europe. Yes, some destinations are still a bit of a bitch to get to, we are a small island with a limited amount of routes, but there are some insanely cheap flights to many beautiful destinations in Europe, perfect for a long weekend. Go and get that big city feeling again, enjoy the hustle and bustle then come home to the chilled pace and remember why you left the city in the first place.

5. In Malta… the sea will change your life

Whether you swim or not, whether you have sea legs or are a complete landlubber, there is no downside to having the sea so close every single day. You don’t have to get into it, just seeing the incredible blues and greens is enough to enrich anyones life, but of course there are a hoard of added benefits such as chances to swim, snorkeling, diving, sailing, exploring. The sea is an entirely new world and having it on your doorstep will change your life in ways you never dreamt of. I was never one for the sea; I don’t like sand or salt, but since living here in Malta, I could never live more than a 10 minute walk from it again!

6. In Malta… we celebrate wins

Life in Malta is all about feeling good and, in the last 7 years, I have found that people celebrate wins, no matter how big or small. Everything is an excuse to grab a picnic and watch the sunset by the beach, go for a glass of wine in the sun, get all your friends together for a long, lazy lunch. We have the good life and we know it.

Malta may not be the cheapest country in Europe any more, yes rent is increasing, the bureaucracy can be maddening, public transport is a bit of a joke, but, on the whole, it’s wonderful and you wont find a more charming country to begin a new life.

6 comments

Oda 15 September, 2017 - 10:36 pm

Oh Rhi, how incredible happy I am that I just found your blog. I just quit my job in Norway, and I´m moving to Malta in only two weeks(!). It has seem distant, but now that the moving day is getting closer I´m getting a bit nervous. What if I don´t like Malta? What if the job sucks? What if I don´t fint an apartment that I like? SOOO many thoughts. But this, this really confirmed the thoughts I´ve always had about Malta. I really can´t wait till I get there! Hopefully I´ll enjoy it as much as you do. Thanks for all the blogpost with the tips you´ve written. I´ve already read them once, and can´t wait till I get to Malta, I´m sure I´ll read them at least three or four times more..

Enjoy your weekend!

Xx Oda

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Carolina 21 February, 2018 - 9:03 am

Perhaps my opinion could be totally irrelevant for the audience and hope you don’t misunderstand me. From my personal experience since I came to Malta (I’m Latinamerican student at University) I can say that, in some situations or formal environments as a lecture at university, there are some obstacles with the languages, specifically with the Maltese. Although English is the official language of the institution is quiet good manage by Maltese people, being foreigner or at least non EU resident, they are very unkind and unconsidered with it, because command Maltese language is more comfortable to manage than English for locals, or that is the ‘excuse’ that they say usually, I mean if you are a member of a teamwork and they don’t care to deal with you, or meet you Better or simply they don’t care of you, the language is used as a gun in vulnerable times to cancel a person. Well, I have learned to deal with this situation and make my words and presence worthy even though some people is simply jealous or selfish or just feel competitive because I am a foreigner, phrases as ‘if you don’t know Maltese so learn it’ is a bizarre way to show the insular character that most of the people have, not just at this place but anywhere, companies, schools, bus, restaurants, etc. To conclude I don’t prented to say that the solution is to learn Maltese because as you say Rhi, it is not necessary but my advice for people who are coming or would like to come, independently their nationality, it is important to be so clever for managing this persistent tribulation with locals and motivate an environment of equality and standard management for all, respecting the rules, the laws and the persons, but leading to get respect us as well, . We are contributors to this country, not invasors, and right or wrong for anybody, English is the standard anywhere. #respect

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Rhi 21 February, 2018 - 12:41 pm

Very interesting to hear your thoughts! I have witnessed this myself. Maltese will tease and English person ‘oh you haven’t learned Maltese yet!’ but can definitely be more aggressive with someone who is neither Maltese or English. Even I face issues though, I’ve had bus drivers refuse to speak to me in English and in a country where the joint official language is English and where tourism is so high, someone like a bus driver really needs a decent command of English! I’m really sorry to hear you’ve had these experiences and I hope they get better in time!

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Sara 21 October, 2018 - 8:51 pm

Hello there

We are a couple who just moved in from London. We just found a lovely maisonette in Marsaskala for 800 eur but we have been told by a northerner that the south villages are awful to live in because of social housing, poverty and inmigration from Africa. Do you know anyone who has experience living in Marsaskala?

Many thanks

Sara

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Rhi 21 October, 2018 - 9:49 pm

Hi Sara. I can’t speak for Marsaskala specifically as I don’t know anyone who lives there, however there is a classic north/south divide in Malta, where each thinks the other is trash. What I can say is that its absolutely not correct to say the same of all southern villages. Maybe some are nice, maybe some aren’t and by the same token, I find parts of the north (hello, Bugibba) absolutely vile.

My recommendation would be that if you like the place, sign a 6 month lease and see for yourself. The south is beautiful in general and I’ve never heard any horror stories about M’skala specifically.

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Sara 22 October, 2018 - 1:53 pm

Hello Rhi

Many thanks. That is a relief to know! We did not know there was such a battle between north n south

Sara

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