Customs in Malta

Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English.

The currency used in Malta is the Euro (EUR) - €

The family is the fundamental social unit which much of Maltese society is based around. Many families are still extended with several generations residing together under the same roof.

Culture and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization

A typical greeting in Malta is a quick, firm handshake. This should be done when meeting someone as well as upon departure.

If you are invited to a Maltese home for dinner, dress stylishly and bring your hostess a small gift such as a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers. Remain standing until you are invited to sit, and do not begin eating until your hostess does. The host will offer the first toast and afterwards you may return it later in the meal. Although you will likely be turned down, offer to help with cleaning up afterward.

When it comes to gratuity, tipping is acceptable and appreciated in Malta.

• Restaurants: Service fees are not usually included in the bill. If the service was good, 15% is appropriate.
• Taxis: 10%
• Porters and Bellhops: €1 per bag

Culture and Etiquette in Business

When scheduling a meeting, it is necessary to make your appointment a week or two in advance. Arrive on time as punctuality is very important to the Maltese.

Men should dress conservatively in a dark suit with a silk tie and polished shoes; ladies should dress modestly in a business suit or skirt and blouse combination. Accessories are fine, but should not be too flashy.

Business cards can be exchanged at the beginning or end of a meeting. They should be printed in Maltese on one side; list any advanced degrees, your professional title and your company's founding date.

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Children (under 11):