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Culture & Identity of Malta

Introduction

Maltese Culture - Boats near Marsaxlokk
Boats near Marsaxlokk

Life in Malta is somewhat isolated, but the people are quite educated and in touch with the world, particularly Europe, much of which is thanks to technology. The daily way of life in Malta is based on this island life, but history has also tied the islands to Europe and today the people have a way of life closely tied to that of Europe.

Having a long history, the islands of Malta are essentially a large city with sprawling urban development as today nearly everyone in the country is considered to be living in an urban setting. The lands are limited and today the farm lands are essentially non-existent as most people live and work in close quarters. In fact, nearly three quarters of the people work in the services sectors, with tourism being one of their largest industries.

For many people work offers a regular routine as most working people in the country work from about 8:30 am to about 5:00 pm, although many people in the tourist industry have different hours, as do many people that work in restaurants or bars. Likewise, schools have fairly regular hours, often times from about 8:30 am to either noon or as late as 2:30 pm. Schools run from about late September to late June.

Evenings, weekends (Saturday-Sunday), and holidays, particularly summer holiday are when the people get out to enjoy life and the culture truly becomes alive. The Maltese are often times very family-oriented as evenings are typically spent with family while weekends and vacations can take on any number of activities. Every person has personal preferences as some people get out to socialize in a bar or restaurant, while others head to the beach or play sports, and still others take longer times off to get out of the country and explore something new.

Identity

The people of Malta generally identify as Maltese when encountered by any foreigners. This identity is primarily defined by nationality, ethnicity, language, food, history, and other aspects of the culture. The people of Malta are very unique in so many ways and, since their government represents that, every one of these aspects is a contributing characteristic of being Maltese, which is easily distinguished from any other identity in this world. On a secondary level, and amongst themselves, many Maltese identify by their island, namely "Maltese" (people from the island of Malta) or "Gozitan" (people from the island of Gozo).

This page was last updated: November, 2013