Culture and Lifestyle

People

The Maltese are by and large known for their friendliness and hospitality. English is widely spoken on the islands and many speak Italian as a third language. The Maltese have a strong sense of community and crime rates are among the lowest in the world. Additionally, the islands are home to a growing expat community—a tribute to Malta’s sunny weather and laid-back environment.

Language in Malta

Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English. The Maltese language is unique and contains Italian, French, English and Arabic influences. It is the most widely spoken language on the islands, with different villages and localities proudly imparting their own style or dialect. English is also widely used on radio shows, signage, menus and newspapers. If you know a little Italian, you’re also in luck, thanks to Malta’s geographical and cultural proximity with Italy.

Currency in Malta

The official currency of the Maltese Islands is the Euro (€). It replaced the Maltese Lira (Lm) in 2007 when Malta entered the European Union in 2004. There are ATMs and bank branches in most Maltese and Gozitan villages.

Culture and Lifestyle

Culture in Malta is an important part of life on the island . One can find plenty of events and activities happening all year round, including jazz, opera and rock festivals, dance shows, art exhibitions, plays, museums, and much more. Nightlife centres around dining, wine bars, and nightclubs. In summer the islands come to life with regular village feasts and dazzling fireworks displays.

Maltese Food

One of the most important things about any destination has to be the food – and in Malta you’ll find that people take it very seriously. The Maltese love dining and follow a typical Mediterranean diet that features a lot of olive oil, tomatoes, fresh seafood, and pasta – so bring a healthy appetite. Malta is famous for its wild-thyme honey, strawberries, goat’s cheese, olives, and bigilla—a beloved local bean puree. Pastizzi are probably the most common type of street food on the island. These are inexpensive flaky pastries, usually filled with mushy peas or ricotta cheese They can be found just about anywhere at the ubiquitous pastizzerias.