Moving to Malta
Malta moving guide
Moving to Malta
Malta and the United Kingdon have always had a close relationship. The islands of Malta were a key base for British forces during the Second World War, and the population was mercilessly bombed as a result. Malta was awarded the George Cross after the war for its valiant defence. With its location and climate, and that close relationship, Malta is a popular holiday, second home and retirement destination.
As Malta is in the EU, moving to Malta is fairly straightforward with few formalities that have to be gone through. There are no official documents required for personal effects and household goods being moved from another EU country.
Moving to Malta would be via sea and/or air. We will come to your home and load your furniture and effects into a shipping container and/or arifreight conatiners, and arrange them to be transported to Malta. If required, we will also pack at origin and unpack at destination.
Malta has a flourishing art and literature scene as well as a variety of architectural styles dating back several decades. In addition, football, snooker and rugby are popular pastimes and the Maltese football team have had some success on an international level. Traditional Maltese music is influenced by folk and country and is very distinctive and popular in the country and abroad. Two major tourist areas include Valletta, the capital city and Birkirkara, the largest city in Malta. The country is hot and more often than not, over twenty one degrees. Indeed, on an average of fifteen days a year, the temperature in Malta soars to over thirty five degrees. This is not surprising considering that Malta is located ninety three kilometres south of Sicily and two hundred and eighty eight kilometres north-east of Tunisia, with Gibraltar 1,826 kilometres to the west and Alexandria 1,510 kilometres to the east.
The country is one of Europe’s smallest and most densely populated countries, largely due to immigration. Many British people move to Malta and many more choose to retire there, in fact the largest of the minorities in Malta are British. Luckily, Malta is one of the most multi-lingual countries in the European Union. Eurobarometer has estimated that one hundred per cent of the population speaks Maltese and eighty eight of the population speak English.
Malta was once part of the British Empire, but gained independence in 1964. The country is now part of the Commonwealth of Nations, a member of the United Nations (since 1964) and the European Union (since 2004) and a member of the Eurozone (since 2008). This makes moving to the country relatively easy for those moving from the UK and other European Union members.
Malta is a constitutionally Catholic country. There are more than 360 churches in the country, which is roughly one church for every one thousand residents. Factbook has claimed that ninety eight per cent of the population is of Roman Catholic faith, which makes Malta one of the most Roman Catholic countries in the world. One of Malta’s many attractions is the Magalithic Temples, which are the oldest free-standing structures in Europe and represent just a few of the many world heritage sites in the country.