Maltaís position in the middle of the Mediterranean makes it easily accessible. Most European and Middle Eastern capitals are between two to four hours away and there are daily flights to most major, European capitals and international hubs.
In todayís rushed world the pace in Malta is still comparatively leisurely. On the other hand you will find all the state-of-the art facilities and services found elsewhere in any major European city.
The Mediterranean lifestyle means that you can slow your pace down a little and take it easy in a warm, friendly and centrally situated island, where the sea is crystal clear and the climate mild.
The Maltese are a friendly and hospitable people. Ebullient and typically Mediterranean they are always ready to please and give a helping hand. Letters to the editor of Malta is leading newspapers, from visitors to Malta and Gozo, often refer to the helpful, hospitable and welcoming nature of the Maltese.
English is the islandís second language and it is widely spoken and understood. All road signs and street names are in English as well as Maltese. Malta was a British colony for 200 years.
The Maltese islandsí mild winters are renowned; there are no sharp winds, snow, frost or endless rainy days. Instead the islands have a very sunny climate with a daily average of five to six hours of sunshine in mid-winter to more than twelve hours in summer.
Many foreigners have fallen in love with these islands and have decided to retire here; of course there are a number of benefits one could take advantage of should they decide to opt for permanent residency here. Here are just a few;
Stamp duty on property is at 5%, lower than that applicable in Spain, Portugal, France, Cyprus and many other optional European destinations.
There are no annual rates or other taxes on property.
Residents are subject to a tax rate of only 15% on remitted income, death and succession duties are being phased out and in many cases apply to Maltese assets only.
Property in Malta has historically proved to be an excellent investment with appreciation averaging more than 10% pa between 1970 and 1990 and in excess of 20% pa between 1990 and 2000.
Residents of more than 37 different countries including England, Australia, Canada, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway benefit from double taxation agreements.
Pensions are freely transferable in EU member countries.
Politically Malta is a small, developed, democratic Mediterranean island. There are no domestic or foreign policy issues, which threaten stability or integrity.
It enjoys a rich cultural and social life. There are theatre activities and concerts throughout the year. During the summer months the Maltese enjoy a wonderful outdoor life, due to its warm climate, an al fresco living. Once expatriates make friends in Malta they will soon be included in the circle of frequent parties and receptions.
The cost of living is still comparatively low. The cost of property is reasonable by international standards too. Education and health systems are at the highest levels and compare well with those of mainland Europe.