While it does attract British pensioners, younger expats are enticed by Malta’s entry into the EU, its adoption of the Euro and a burgeoning Internet gaming industry.
The island’s location means that it has been sought-after through the ages, from the ancient Greeks to the British Empire. As a result, it has a rich history commemorated through various UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the chambers of the Hypogeum, the world’s only prehistoric underground temple. Valletta, the capital city, was established by the Knights of St John and is a listed heritage site in its own right.
The Maltese road network is constantly being improved thanks to EU funding, but many roads are narrow and poorly surfaced which can make driving difficult. There is a small but effective public transport network of buses run by Malta Public Transport.
Citizens from elsewhere in the EU are free to live and work in Malta; however, the country places tight restrictions on immigration for non-EU citizens looking for a working visa for Malta.