Maltese Culture

Etiquette

Basic Etiquette

  • People tend to dress formally and modestly.
  • Hats should be removed when entering a person’s home or a church.


Visiting

  • Many Maltese enjoy socialising in each other’s homes.
  • An invitation into someone’s home for tea or dinner is considered a special and non-routine occasion.
  • It is considered polite to arrange a visit in advance.
  • Hosts will generally offer a drink and light refreshments (cakes, biscuits or sandwiches) to their guests.
  • If invited to a meal, guests often bring a gift of wine, chocolate or flowers.


Eating

  • To indicate one has finished their meal, the fork and knife are placed parallel on the plate.
  • Most families eat meals together. This varies depending on school and work commitments.
  • Breakfast and lunch are often light meals.
  • Dinner is the largest meal of the day and often contains numerous courses. 
  • Hands should be kept above the table.


Gift giving

  • Gifts are normally open in front of the giver when received.
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Malta
  • Population
    415,196
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Maltese (official) (90.1%)
    English (official) (6.0%)
    Other (0.9%)
    [2005 est.]
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Christianity (official)
  • Ethnicity
    Maltese
  • Cultural Dimensions
    56
    59
    47
    96
    47
    66
  • Australians with Maltese Ancestry
    175,555 [Census, 2016]
Maltese in Australia
  • Population
    37,613
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Malta.
  • Median Age
    68
    [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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