Immigration to Malta.
Investment immigration to Malta (from mid-2013) is gradually becoming for tourist trips, but for living. But first of all a few words about the country itself: location, climate, religion, culture and traditions.
A little bit about Malta.
This small island museum in the Mediterranean Sea is known as the harbor of tranquility and security. Malta has earned a good reputation due to the high living standards of the population, stable political and economic environment and a pleasant climate. In 1964, Malta gained independence from Great Britain, but retained English as the second state language (the first is Maltese), which avoids the language barrier in dealing with local people in everyday life and business. Such conditions largely explain the fact that immigration through investment in Malta is becoming more popular.
A warm sea and picturesque nature each year attracts about a million tourists to Malta, which is almost three times the population of the state itself. Favorable geographical position helps the country’s economic development, as well as stable growth of immigration to Malta from the EU countries. However, the Maltese islands are deprived of minerals and industrial raw materials, which makes Malta dependent on imports.
To support the economy, Malta, like other EU member states, is interested in attracting wealthy investors and successful businessmen to the country. It was with this goal that the “Citizenship through investments” program was created. Immigration for the purpose of investing in the economy of the state or real estate is a very common variant of resettlement to Malta. Thanks to it, the Maltese government plans in 2014 to replenish the state budget by 30 million euros. However, under the new program, a limited number of investors will be able to obtain citizenship. The Government of Malta will consider only 1,800 immigration applications, after which the program will be suspended.
An island state located in the Mediterranean, while the unique name of the island comes from the ancient Phoenician malat (“harbor”, “shelter”). The Republic of Malta occupies a very small area – a length of only 27 km, and a width of 15 km (less than the diameter of the MKAD). According to a source in Wikipedia, “Malta is the only country in Europe in which there are no rivers, lakes and own sources of fresh water.”
Due to the location of the island in the center of the Mediterranean, from here it is easy to get to any part of Europe and North Africa. Aircraft of the Air Malta and Aeroflot airlines fly from Moscow several times a week (the duration of the flight is 4 hours 20 minutes). A number of airlines also offer flights with a transfer in the cities of Europe.
The official language in Malta is Maltese – the only official Semitic language within the EU that is written in Latin. The second official language of the republic is English. Also very widespread is Italian.
The Maltese time (GMT / UTC +1) is three hours behind Moscow.
For those who think about immigration to Malta, the climate can become the decisive factor. The state is located in the central basin of the Mediterranean Sea. The climate is influenced by the Sahara desert (in the south) and the Atlantic Ocean (in the west). As a result, the inhabitants of Malta in the summer can enjoy the clear sky, clear air and a dry warm wind. Winter brings typical for the Mediterranean rains, fogs and humidity.
Roman Catholicism is the state religion in Malta, but freedom of religion is recognized.
Centuries-old traditions and attractions.
Malta has interesting Mediterranean customs, culture and national traditions. The island was a colony of Great Britain for quite a long time, therefore the culture of Malta has a considerable imprint of the British rule. Malta is rich in sights and historical finds, many of which are stored in the museums of the island’s capital – Valletta: the National Fine Arts Museum, the Armory Palace, the National Museum of Archaeology. If you want to visit all the museums of the capital of the island at once, then it is not superfluous to purchase a single ticket for a visit – the Valletta Multi Site Ticket. Pay attention also to the Grand Master’s Palace and the St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and you will not be disappointed.
The city of Birgu (Vittoriosa) is notable for the Inquisitor’s Palace, the St. Lawrence Church, the local Maritime Museum.
Kitchen and restaurants.
Immigration to Malta from all points of the world could not but reflect on the traditions of island cuisine, which today is a unique combination of local and European culinary flavor. The most, perhaps, exotic sea dish is spaghetti with octopus ink sauce. Favorite pastry of the inhabitants of Malta are puff pasty pies with green peas or ricotta, as well as mkaret – pies with dates, fried in oil. Also be sure to try stuffat-tal-penek – a national dish made from a stew in a red rabbit sauce pre-marinated in red wine. A wonderful addition to the meal will be fragrant masterpieces of wine.
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