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Malta's Culture

Malta is known for having a rich practice of traditions, beliefs and practices. This is the result of a long period of adaptation and the crossing over of beliefs, but those who live in present day Malta will find that the culture is generally Latin European. This element is a strong part of Maltese culture because over the past 80 years Malta has based many of its traditions on its Sicilian neighbours.

Malta however has always been a maritime nation. For centuries there has been plenty of interaction between sailors and fishermen in the area and this bond has strengthened because of the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, by the 19th century the Maltese had already experienced a history of migration to Egypt, Tunisia, Cyprus, Sicily and even Greece. This connection with other nationals was certainly not uncommon and migrants would often return to Malta, bringing traditions and customs that would later be absorbed into daily life.

The Constitution of Malta gives people who live in the area freedom of religion but Roman Catholicism is listed as being the state religion. For this reason, over 98% of those who live in Malta are Roman Catholic, making it one of the most catholic countries in the entire world.

The main language in Malta is Maltese. This is the only Semitic language in Europe and because Malta takes so many influences from other countries, you will also find that the alphabet, or the Maltese alphabet, is based upon the Latin alphabet. The official language in Malta is Maltese and English however it is not uncommon to find people who speak Italian, French and German so there are certainly a lot of cultures on the island that have integrated with one another to create what Malta is today.