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Located at crossroads between Europe and North Africa, the island of Malta is just a 2 hour flight away from most European Capitals. The official languages are Maltese and English; Maltese being a language of Semitic origin, although bearing traces of the influence of centuries of successive foreign European invaders. Day to day business in Malta is conducted in English, with official documentation and regulations also being in English.

As a full member of the European Union, Malta has successfully adopted the region’s common currency in 2008, increasing the country’s attractiveness for trade as a result of joint monetary policies. In 2007, Malta became a part of the Schengen Area, enabling citizens to travel freely across the Area made up of 26 countries.

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