Malta is located in the centre of the
Mediterranean, 93 km to the south of Sicily and 290 km to the north of
Africa, at the crossroads of Southern Europe, North Africa and the
Middle East. Its strategic location makes it an ideal launching pad to
enter these markets. Most European and Middle Eastern capitals are
between two and four hours flying time away.................
Malta is one of the 10 accession
countries that are joining the EU in the next round of EU expansion,
in May 2004. Consequently, Malta has many EU
convergent regulations already in place, and all new legislation
conforms to that of the EU.
Standard of Living
Malta enjoys a rich cultural and social
life. Malta has a mild climate, with warm dry summers and mild winters
and 300 days of sunshine a year. The cost of living is still
comparatively low. Property costs are rising, but are still relatively
cheap and ample by international standards. Education and health
systems are of the highest levels and compare well with those of
History of the Maltase Archipelago
Malta is a small archipelago of islands located 93
km south of Sicily at the crossroads of Southern Europe, North Africa and the
Middle East. Its strategic location makes it an ideal launching pad to enter
these markets. Most European and Middle Eastern capitals are between two and
four hours flying time away.
At the centre of the Mediterranean, the Maltase
Islands enjoy a wealth of heritage. They were once home to ancient civilisations
and Europe’s nobles. Malta’s location at the heart of the Mediterranean is the
key to its rich history.
At the crossroads of maritime routes, the
Islands have been a home, stronghold, trading post and refuge over 7000
years of history. From temple builders, seafaring Phoenicians and the
traveller Apostle Paul, to the Knights of St John, Napoleon and British
royalty - all have set foot here leaving their imprint for you to discover.
The Islands have several World Heritage sites:
the enigmatic, prehistoric temples; Malta’s baroque capital
by the Knights; and the walled, medieval capital, Mdina, where descendants
of Norman families still live today. The palaces and cathedrals of Valletta
and Mdina house some of Europe’s finest treasures.
Wander around the sister island Gozo and explore gems of a rural life
largely untouched by time. And hike across a rugged, terraced landscape
fashioned by man over a millennium ago.
The Islands present a kaleidoscope of past and present: a fascinating legacy
of European culture and rural Mediterranean traditions.