At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, halfway between Europe and North Africa, lies the Maltese archipelago consisting of 3 main islands; Malta, Gozo and Comino. For centuries, Malta has been considered an ideal meeting point of cultures and languages and today has reaffirmed its importance as an ideal location for cosmopolitan living and efficient international business.
Malta is rich in history, tradition and culture, all aspects that have been lavishly woven by the multitude of civilisations that have swept the Mediterranean leaving their imprints on these small islands.
Maltese people are predominantly Roman Catholic and the official languages of the Island are Maltese and English. However, Italian, French and German are widely spoken. Maltese is unique in being the only EU language that is Semitic in origin, yet written in Roman script.
Education in Malta is at a par with international standards. The University is the oldest in the Commonwealth outside Britain and consistently upholds traditional standards of excellence in a number of academic disciplines.
EU membership, a stable economic, political and social environment, coupled with robust judiciary traditions have all contributed to its increasing success on an international level. Malta enjoys a civil law jurisdiction with the more modern legislation particularly public law being modelled on its UK equivalent. Today, all its laws and regulations are fully compliant with EU standards.
Over the years, Malta has developed a service-based economy, primarily dealing in tourism, ICT and financial services. It is considered a reputable international financial and trading centre and recognised as a hub for shipping and aviation operations, education and medical treatment of excellence. Together with Germany, Malta is deemed to be one of the only two European countries to have withstood unscathed the latest financial crisis.
Being considered a safe and cosmopolitan hub by many, Malta offers safe harbour for global residence, trade and investment, and brings together nationals and businesses from all over the world. Indeed its geographical positioning, hospitable nature of its inhabitants and its constantly updated legislative framework all promote noteworthy HNW immigration and foreign investment of all kinds.