Maltese Culture

Greetings

  • Formal greetings begin and end with a handshake.
  • A person’s title followed by their surname is common among new acquaintances. Only address a person by their first name when invited to do so.
  • Among close family and friends, people tend to pat one another on the back, shoulder or arm.
  • Older people may greet others with a nickname or a diminutive. For example, Guzeppi may be greeted as Guz.

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