Maltese Culture

Business Culture


  • Business meetings are expected to be scheduled in advance. Generally, you should call to request the meeting at least two weeks in advance to arrange a time and place for the meeting.
  • Punctuality is expected but is not rigidly observed.
  • The common greeting for an initial meeting is shaking hands and exchanging business cards. 
  • Those in senior positions are addressed in a formal manner, often with their title followed by their surname. 

Other Considerations

  • Refer to your Maltese counterpart by their professional titles until you have established a good working relationship and they suggest moving on to a first-name basis.
  • Most businesses in Malta have a family-focused view whereby company loyalty and a family atmosphere is highly valued.
  • The largest employer is the state, with a monopoly over many factories and hotels. This means that most people in Malta work for the government. There is also a large number of entrepreneurs, indicating entrepreneurialism is valued and promoted. 
  • Gifts are not expected but are considered to be a nice gesture. Good gifts might be items from an expat’s home country, such as sweets or alcohol.
  • Business people in Malta generally expect prompt service and correspondence.
  • Business in Malta takes time largely due to restrictions and regulations.
  • Most business is conducted in English, and most official correspondence and formal documents are written in English. 
  • On the Corruption Perception Index (2018), Malta ranks 51st out of 176 countries, receiving a score of 54 (on a scale from 0 to 100). This perception suggests that the country’s public sector is moderately clean from corruption.
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  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Maltese (official) (90.1%)
    English (official) (6.0%)
    Other (0.9%)
    [2005 est.]
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Christianity (official)
  • Ethnicity
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Maltese Ancestry
    175,555 [Census, 2016]
Maltese in Australia
  • Population
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Malta.
  • Median Age
    [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (50.2%)
    Female (49.8%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Christianity (89.0%)
    No Religion (4.4%)
    Other Religion (3.8%)
    Not Stated (2.6%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Maltese (86.1%)
    English (6.9%)
    Australian (1.6%)
    Italian (1.6%)
    Other Ancestry (3.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Maltese (55.2%)
    English (42.7%)
    Italian (0.5%)
    Mandarin (0.2%)
    Other Languages (0.4%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 89.4% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (47.5%)
    New South Wales (38.5%)
    Queensland (6.7%)
    South Australia (3.8%)
    Other (3.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (94.4%)
    2007 - 2011 (1.0%)
    2012 - 2016 (0.6%)
    [Census, 2016]
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