Maltese Culture



  • Communication Style: Maltese tend to speak loudly and expressively. Subtle ways of communicating (such as whispering) are quite rare. 
  • Direct Communication: Maltese are generally direct communicators, often speaking their minds in a humourous way.
  • Humour: Maltese are quite humorous and enjoy jokes. Humour tends to be light-hearted and is often expressed through telling stories.


  • Personal Space: The Maltese tend to keep less personal space, often sitting or standing quite close to one another,
  • Physical Contact: The Maltese tend to be quite tactile and affectionate people. Hugging, kissing and back-slapping in public are common. 
  • Eye Contact: Maltese usually hold direct eye contact during conversation.
  • Punctuality: Maltese typically have a relaxed approach towards timekeeping and punctuality. This is commonly referred to as ‘island time’. 
  • Gestures: The Maltese use a variety of gestures in conversation. Quickly lifting your thumb, index and middle fingers of your right hand means ‘how are you’.
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  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Maltese (official) (90.1%)
    English (official) (6.0%)
    Other (0.9%)
    [2005 est.]
  • Religions
    Roman Catholic Christianity (official)
  • Ethnicities
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Maltese Ancestry
    175,555 [2016 census]
Maltese in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Malta.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (50.9%)
    Female (49.1%)
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Christianity (91.6%)
    Anglican Christianity (1.0%)
    Other (2.8%)
    No religion (2.7%)
    Not stated (1.8%)
  • Ancestry
    Maltese (85.8%)
    English (6.2%)
    Australian (1.3%)
    Other (3.5%)
    Not stated (3.3%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Maltese (57.1%)
    English (40.7%)
    Italian (1.0%)
    Other (0.4%)
    Not stated (0.9%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 88.1% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (47.8%)
    New South Wales (38.4%)
    Queensland (6.4%)
    South Australia (3.8%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (93.8%)
    2001-2006 (0.9%)
    2007-2011 (0.9%)
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