Doing Business in Malta

March 29, 2018

The archipelago of Malta is in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya. It has influences from Europe and North Africa from centuries of battles as warring sides sought control over strategically positioned Malta, which lies between the continents.


Today, it is a beautiful, peaceful country that is building a nice tourism industry from its history and underground limestone tunnels found below the capital in Valletta. Valletta was selected as the European Capital for Culture for 2018.


The website If It Were My Home provides an interesting perspective comparing basic living standards of a person in Malta to a person living in the United States (other similar country comparisons are also provided on the site).


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According to the site, if Malta were your home instead of the United States you would:


  • Make 44.7% less money.
  • Be 12.33% less likely to be unemployed.
  • Be 80.66% less likely to be in prison.
  • Spend 79.37% less money on healthcare.
  • Use 56.04% less electricity.
  • Experience 39.78% less of a class divide.
  • Be 41.82% less likely to die in infancy.
  • Consume 19.97% less oil.
  • Live 0.55 years longer.



Malta has its own unique culture and language, but it has been heavily influenced by past conquerors and the English language. Arabic conquers made perhaps the most significant impact on the language from the time they ruled the country between the 9th and 13th centuries.


Maltese is the national language and a co-official language with English.

Business Culture


Malta is part of Europe and follows what is typically expected in Europe for business customs such as greetings, attire, business organization and openness to establishment of new businesses.


As a very small country located in the middle of a great sea, there may be a greater risk to starting a new business and getting credit is harder than in most other areas of Europe.

gpi-doing business in malta-homeEconomy


Malta has the smallest economy in the European Union, but it has had strong growth in recent years. 2018 and the coming years should see a sustainable level of growth similar to 2017's 3.5%. This is great for them as they import about 80% of their food. They also are importers of fresh water and energy.


Industries that are dominate for them are financial services, manufacturing, online gaming and tourism.


With such a strong and stable economy the government has not raised taxes for 2018, but increased many social programs to support its citizens' quality of life.

Business Laws and Regulations


Unlike Cyprus, another island country in the Mediterranean Sea who has developed a thriving financial industry, Malta seeks to avoid being used as a money laundering hub. In recent years, Malta has enacted anti-money laundering legislation in the financial and gaming industries operating in the country.


Malta follows EU best practices in business laws and for its growing financial industry. Its judicial system is considered to be fair and looks out for the small investor/businessman in a just manner.

Future Outlook


The future looks much like the recent past for Malta. It is excelling in all areas economically, socially and politically. The stability of the leaders, forward thinking policies and legislation, confidence in its judicial system and supportive environment for new business development and investment all point to a very healthy future for Malta.

Further Resources from GPI

You may gain further insight into country specific cultural facts and related topics by reviewing some previous blogs written by GPI:



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Peter has over 20 years’ experience in business development within the localization industry supporting clients for documentation, software and website globalization services. He started his career in the translation industry in 1995 and over the years has worked for several leading localization service providers including LMI, Berlitz, Welocalize, GPI and Beyondsoft. Throughout his career Peter has led by example and always put his clients’ needs first to ensure client expectations are understood and successfully met. Over the years Peter has trained extensively in Solution Selling, Action Selling and Localization Sales, Testing and Project Management. Peter handles many of GPI’s global accounts helping educate clients on GPI’s comprehensive suite of globalization services and industry best practices.