Country Profile | Malta

An overview for expatriate professionals

Malta packs glorious variety into its small archipelago. Prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, hidden coves, thrilling scuba diving and a history of remarkable intensity abound in in this southern European nation located just 80km south of Italy and 300 km north and east of Tunisia and Libya.

Basic Facts

Capital City: Valletta

Population: 502,000

Currency: Euro 

Official Language: Maltese


A sound jurisdiction for banking, finance and insurance services, Malta is classifed as an Advanced Economy and its major resources are limestone, a favourable strategic location and productive workforce.

The economy is dependent upon financial services, foreign trade (serving as a freight trans shipment point), tourism and manufacturing (mostly electronics and textiles). Film production is a growing industry. The Malta Financial Services Authority has been successful in attracting gaming businesses, aircraft and ship registration, fund administration and credit card issuing banking licenses. 

Healthcare Sector

State funded healthcare is available to all citizens of Malta and long term residents via the network of public hospitals and general practitioners. Private sector care has long co-existed with the state sector.

Malta aims to be the mediterranan hub of medical education, high quality medical care and medical tourism. Key areas for development are oncology, trauma care, aged care and rehabilitation.

The Govenment of Malta has entered into strategic partnerships with international universities, medical schools and private sector healthcare companies to enable it to achieve its objectives in the development of this sector.  St Batholomews and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland are active participants involved in medical education with local institutions.

Working in Malta

The working week in Malta has 40 hours  and 48 hours are the legal maximum. (The eight additional hours have to be paid for in overtime compensation.) Daily office hours in the private sector are usually between 08:00 or 08:30 and 17:00 or 17:30. 

While working in Malta, you are legally entitled to 25 days of annual leave. You also get a day off from work on every public holiday that does not fall on a Saturday or Sunday. Since Malta has 14 public holidays altogether, you might thus benefit from a slew of additional leisure time.

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