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.]
  • 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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