Society and every day life in Malta
The majority of the population of Malta is Christian, with 88.6% being Roman Catholics. You can not miss the countless Christian influences that can be seen all over the island. The small republic contains more than 365 Churches. The Catholic Church is part of the Diocese of Malta and Gozo. The remaining percentage of the population consists of Protestants (Some of which are members of the Baptist Church), Orthodox Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, one of the members of the social democratic party "Partit Laburista", has been the president of the republic of Malta since April 2014. The republic's House of Representatives is formed by 65 members of congress. The Maltese government is elected for a legislative period of 5 years. The island republic of Malta joined the European Union in 2004 and has thereby become the EU's smallest member state.
Local language and communication
The Maltese language also reflects the republic's exciting and complex history.
The primary official language of the island state is Maltese. Maltese is one of the Semitic languages, which originated from medieval Arabic and developed into the language we know today. Even though the Maltese language was originally created with heavy influences from the Arabic language, it has also incorporated elements of the Italian, French and English languages over time. The secondary languages of Malta are now English and Italian. The use of Italian language elements is however receding in recent times. Up until 1934, Italian was the official language used in court as well as the preferred language used in Educational institutions and in most pieces of writing. Almost all citizens of Malta are fluent in English due to British kolonialization in the 19th until the 20th century.
The easiest and most simple way to travel in Malta is by Bus. There are bus connections all across the island and even though the buses are quite old, the connections are cheap to take. There are also two bus stops near our Sprachcaffe school in St. Julian's. You can find an information stand that displays all details about the bus routes and connections at the bus station of City Gate in Valletta or at Saint Paul's Bay at the Terminus.
You will also be able to take ferries that travel to and from Malta and its neighboring island Gozo. The price for traveling from main island of Malta to Gozo is roughly 4 Euros. Whilst large ferries sail between these two destinations, you also have the choice of traveling there with captains and their smaller boats.
There are three different types of Taxis in Malta: white ones, black ones and red ones. The white ones are there for picking you up from the side of the road when you call their attention upon yourself. The black ones on the other hand need to be called and ordered in advance before you can get into them. The red ones are there to transport up to 8 people and usually only drive at night.