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Maltese Economy

Financial services, fintech, science and technology, high value manufacturing, health, tourism, education, iGaming, maritime services, aviation and creative industries are the dominant features of Malta’s economic landscape. In particular, Malta’s EU and Eurozone membership helped the country to strengthen its services sector, and the export of services across the EU member states is today a prime driver of economic growth.

Why do business in Malta

Malta is where regulatory innovation and emerging technologies complement each other, creating the right conditions for financial companies, both big and small, to thrive. Add to this a seasoned talent pool, strong language skills, a competitive business environment and high quality of life, and it becomes clear why investors believe in Malta, its potential and its future.

Despite being the EU’s smallest member state, Malta has been one of the most exciting countries to watch and invest in. Over the years, the island’s leaders have been on a mission to make Malta a magnet for financial services. It was their vision to turn the island into a platform for international business and to develop a model economy, which has regularly been among the best in the EU.

In no small part, Malta’s rise into the ranks of Europe’s leading finance centres has been driven by the island’s reputation for stability, predictability and security which has made it an exception among other global financial centres. A robust, EU-compliant regulatory framework, diverse ecosystem and deep talent pool also helped financial services companies from around the world to find opportunities for doing business in Malta.

Behind Malta’s ascent is a combination of sound policy-making and a pro-business environment, and its development has largely been attributed to its focus on knowledge and value-added industries.

While financial services has become a key pillar of its economy, Malta also boasts a thriving tourism industry, is home to a large maritime service cluster and supports a host of other sectors including ICT, advanced manufacturing and life sciences.

Comprehensive financial legislation

Comprehensive financial legislation

Caters inter alia for the regulation of investment funds, insurance companies, securitisation, banking and financial institutions, offering many regulatory structures that are unique in Europe

Accessible regulator

Accessible regulator

Respected and forward-looking, the regulator is accessible with risk-based supervision

Advantageous geographical location

Advantageous geographical location

Malta is within three hours’ direct flight time from other European financial centres; moreover, Malta Freeport is a main regional hub. Malta is part of the Schengen area, which allows travel between member states without internal border controls

EU Member State

EU Member State

A full member state of the European Union and part of the Eurozone, providing Malta-based businesses with instant access to the EU’s internal market of over 500 million people

Diversified Economy

Diversified Economy

The tourism sector contributes some 25% to the island’s GDP; however, a variety of service businesses have joined the traditional economic generator, and services now account for 75% of Malta’s GDP. Industry accounts for 23% and agriculture for 2%.

Technology & Services

Technology & Services

Key to Malta’s success as the most successful knowledge-based economy in the Mediterranean region has been the growth of service-focused businesses in fields such as ICT and the booming Maltese financial services industry. Expansion of the fintech industry together with life sciences and education pave the way for a prosperous future.

Key Facts about Malta

EU Member State

EU Member State

Commonwealth Member

Commonwealth Member

OECD Member

OECD Member

Member of Schengen Area

Member of Schengen Area

Eurozone

Eurozone

CET Time Zone

CET Time Zone

Situated between Europe and Africa

Situated between Europe and Africa

Transhipment Centre

Transhipment Centre

Excellent ICT Connections

Excellent ICT Connections

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Life in Malta

More than just a smart place to invest, Malta is a multi-faceted jewel shining at the centre of the Mediterranean. This small, friendly and welcoming island contains everything you could want to strike that perfect balance between business and pleasure.

Although Malta is a small country, it offers a variety of lifestyle choices that range from urban, cosmopolitan and luxurious to relaxed and rural. Boasting a diverse range of shopping, cultural and leisure activities, all at affordable rates, Malta provides expatriates with a unique opportunity to live every aspect of life to the full.

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Services in Malta

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