Population and religion
According to Countryaah, Malta is considered one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Most of the inhabitants are Maltese (about 96%). The country is home to quite a lot of immigrants from Libya, Egypt and Morocco.
The majority of Maltese are Catholics (over 97%).
The official language of the country is Maltese, but English and Italian are widely spoken. Check agooddir for recent history of Malta.
Rules of conduct for tourists
Many rules of conduct for tourists in Malta are similar to the common European traditions of etiquette. The Maltese are open and friendly. It is believed that this feature of the national character was formed on the basis of a combination of the friendliness of the Mediterranean inhabitants and the Anglo-Saxon responsiveness. With a short acquaintance with the inhabitants of Malta, one cannot notice that they have an ardent Mediterranean temper, this trait can manifest itself, for example, in a dispute on political topics. By the way, it is not customary for the Maltese to discuss each other’s personal lives.
Behavior in public places
- Smoking is prohibited in public places in Malta. You can smoke in specially designated areas where a smoke extractor is installed.
- Topless sunbathing is prohibited on the beaches of the country’s resorts.
- Refusing an invitation to tea or dinner will upset the Maltese.
- The Maltese don’t like being late for dinner.
- Residents of Malta, as a rule, go to bed early – by 22 o’clock.
- To take photos and videos in churches, you need to obtain permission, which is usually free.
Rules of conduct for divers
- To engage in scuba diving, you need to obtain a special permit from the local authorities – “card C”. In order to do this, you need to contact one of the diving centers and present a medical certificate there (issued at home or on the spot), two photographs, a ship’s book and a fee of one lira.
- For sailing alone, you need to obtain a certificate corresponding to “CMAS / 2”.
- Spearfishing in the resorts of Maltacan be practiced only after obtaining the appropriate license.
- In Malta, there are archaeological zones where diving is prohibited.
- If an archaeological find is discovered during scuba diving, it is forbidden to touch and mix it, you must immediately report this to the diving school or museum.
- The names of settlements on road signs are usually written in abbreviated form, for example, instead of Marsaskala – M’Skala.
- Pedestrian crossings are marked in Maltanot by stripes on the pavement, but by orange lights.
- Divorce and abortion are prohibited in the country.
Gestures and facial expressions
- Sometimes, when the Maltese wants to say “no”, he lightly touches his chin with his fingertips, turning the brush forward.
Conservative clothing is recommended. It is not recommended to walk around the city in beachwear. Visiting churches is possible in modest closed clothes without a headdress.
National holidays in Malta
January 1 – New Year
February 10 – Day of the shipwreck of St. Peter
March 19 – Saint Joseph’s Day
March 31 – Peace Day (a regatta is organized in the city of La Valette)
Easter Week – Good Friday
May 1 is Labor Day. Festa of St. Joseph.
June 7 – Feast of “Sette Gunno”
June 29 – Day of the Apostles Peter and Paul
August 15 – Assumption of the Virgin
September 8 – Feast of the Madonna the Victorious
September 21 – Independence Day
December 8 – Festa of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
December 25 – Christmas
Many annual cultural and sporting events are organized in Malta: Lunchtime concerts, horse races, historical costumed military parades “In Guardia!”, costume performances of the knights of Sentinel, a regatta in the Great Bay of Valletta, the Chocolate Festival and many others. The most unusual holiday is called the day of the patron saint “Festus”. It is held from February to December and is a church service of a particular parish with colorful processions, a concert that takes place on the main street and fireworks. The most colorful festival of the country – the Maltese Carnival is held annually in February. The Il-Bandu holiday takes place on the weekend closest to St. John’s Day, accompanied by colorful processions. Every year in July-August Malta in Ta’Ali organized the “Great Beer Festival”.