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As one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean, the Maltese Islands (comprising Malta, Gozo and Comino) have plenty to offer visitors – whether they are here for a short time, or planning to invest long-term for business or pleasure.

An exciting archipelago, the Islands cover an area of 316 square kilometres and have a population of just over 400,000. Malta (Capital: Valletta) is the largest of the three islands, stretching some 27 kilometres from north to south. Its topography is characterised by a series of low hills with fields on slopes, and its coastline is well-indented, with numerous harbours, bays, creeks and a few sandy beaches.

Gozo, the second-largest island, has retained its more traditional air; the countryside is greener, cleaner and more spectacular, while the pace of life is certainly slower. Meanwhile, Comino – the smallest of the three – is pretty much uninhabited, with just one hotel and a very popular sandy bay that tourists relish during the summer months.

Malta’s climate is strongly influenced by the sea and is typically Mediterranean. Winters are mild, with occasional cold weather brought by northerly and northeasterly winds from central Europe. Summers are hot, dry and very sunny. You can expect a daily average of five to six hours of sunshine in mid-winter and more than 12 hours a day in summer. In fact, International Living Magazine has recommended Malta as the best place to live and voted Malta as having the Best Climate on Earth!

Thus, tourism remains one of the Island’s most important industries, and around 1.2 million visitors flock to the country every year. There are abundant facilities, from top-class restaurants and nightclubs to excellent scuba diving and sailing opportunities, as well as various accommodation options available.

Although Malta has a long history (some 6,000 years), the Arab occupation, from 870 to 1090AD, provided the basis of the Maltese language. The Order of St John, who occupied the Islands from 1530 to 1798, shaped the Islands artistically, commercially, socially and culturally. The British period, from 1801 to 1964, introduced the concept of British justice with a unified code of laws, democracy and administration. The British also helped launch the Islands into the modern industrial world and linked them with the worldwide community of English-speaking countries.

In fact, Maltese and English are both official languages of the Islands, recognised by the Maltese Constitution, making it, a convenient, bi-lingual place to live and work. Maltese is a Semitic language similar to Levantine Arabic and written in the Roman script. The Maltese language also includes many words of Italian, French and English origin. The majority of Maltese are Roman Catholic, however there are small Anglican, Church of Scotland, Greek Catholic and Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim communities.

Today the Islands have become a haven for investment, popular with both those wanting to move to sunnier climates for pleasure, as well as for business investment. Having joined the European Union in 2004, and the Eurozone in 2008, Malta’s laws and legislation are completely aligned with the rest of Europe, making procedures safe and simple.

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