Malta






Culture Name

Maltese

Orientation

Identification. The Maltese archipelago consists of Malta, Gozo, Comino, Cominotto, and Fifla, plus a few minute limestone outcroppings. Over 92 percent of the inhabitants live on Malta, by far the largest island, and the rest live on Gozo except for a few farmers on Comino. Although all residents call themselves Maltese, people on Gozo also are called Gozitans. The earliest written reference to Malta is in the biblical account of Saint Paul's shipwreck.

Location and Geography. Malta is located in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily is 58 miles (93.3 kilometers) to the north, and Tunisia is 194 miles (312.5 kilometers) to the west. The territory of the three inhabited islands is 94.9 square miles (320 square kilometers).

Gozo has more greenery, and farming there is done on a larger scale. The environment has thin soil and scarce groundwater. Terracing is used to contain erosion in agricultural areas, and herding is confined mostly to Gozo. There is little wildlife besides insects and migratory birds.

Public buses reach large towns on Malta and Gozo, and regular ferry service connects the islands. Beaches, coves, grottoes, and fishing villages lie close to roadways, but in some places, the islands fall abruptly into the sea over rocks and cliffs or look out to it across elaborate medieval fortifications. A rainy season occurs in October through February, but the climate is mild year-round.

The Grand Harbor of Malta is dominated by Valletta, the national capital, whose construction was begun by the Knights of Saint John in 1566, a year after the defeat of the Great Siege by Ottoman Turkey. The capital of Gozo is Victoria.

Demography. The population as of July 1999 was 369,451, of whom 341,906 lived on Malta and 27,545 lived on Gozo except for a handful on Comino. Live births in that year were 4,826 for a birth rate of 13.1 per thousand. The fact that the estimated national population as of July 1999 was 381,603 indicates that it is continuing to grow. In part, this is because the emigration rate has been declining. Singapore is the only country more densely populated than Malta.

Linguistic Affiliation. Maltese is the only European language in the Afro-Asiatic family, which includes Arabic, Hebrew, Berber, and Hausa. Although its closest relationships are with the forms of Arabic spoken in Libya and Tunisia, its vocabulary has been strongly influenced by Sicilian. Written with a twenty-nine-letter alphabet, Maltese is universally understood by citizens and has only minimal dialectical variations. Educated Maltese often speak English, and many understand Italian.

Symbolism. Saint Paul is a powerful national symbol, as he is credited with converting the Maltese to Christianity. It is symbolic that the Maltese, under theocratic governance, fought in Crusades long after most other Europeans had abandoned them. Other symbols are Roman Catholicism, the Maltese cross, a strong European identity, and a siege mentality. Not only did Malta persevere during the Crusades, it was victorious against the Turks in 1565 and survived intense bombardment during World War II. Dolphins are also a national symbol.

History and Ethnic Relations

Emergence of the Nation. Megalithic temples that predate the Egyptian pyramids, Bronze Age archaeological sites, Phoenician inscriptions, and Roman catacombs all contribute to a sense of nationhood. Maltese place particular emphasis on the nation that emerged after Christian conversion. The long-ruling Knights of Malta recruited their members

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from noble families throughout Europe while denying the Maltese entry into their ranks. As this order was able to maintain itself in Malta largely by keeping the nation on a continuous war footing, it was anachronistic at a time when Europeans in countries such as England and France were being introduced to the Industrial Revolution. Still, two centuries after Napoleon forced the Knights to leave Malta, chivalry, as well as pride in European and Catholic identity associated with a knightly and crusading heritage, impacts Maltese nationalism in fundamental ways.

National Identity. Maltese people celebrate the contributions to their culture of Phoenicians, Romans, Greeks, Normans, Sicilians, Swabians, Arogonese, Castilian, the Knights, and the British. Maltese claim little knowledge of or are ambivalent about the northern Africans who contributed the foundation of their language, however. The nation became independent in 1964, and became a republic in the British Commonwealth in 1974. Although identification with Europe remains strong, it has been tempered by a strong emphasis on nationalism and neutrality coupled with the idea of forming a cultural bridge between Europe and northern Africa.

Ethnic Relations. Malta is relatively homogeneous by modern standards. A Jewish community numbers about one hundred twenty, and settlers from India number about sixty. Perhaps six hundred Maltese are married to Arabs, mostly Libyans and Palestinians. There are a few Chinese as well as illegal immigrants from Bulgaria, Albania, and Russia.

Urbanism, Architecture, and the Use of Space

Most buildings are constructed of limestone from domestic quarries, and many houses are identified by names rather than street addresses. Water is scarce, and residences have flat roofs to capture rainwater. Most houses lack lawns and are attached to each other in rows that nestle close to sidewalks or streets, which are often narrow. Some bedrooms may be entered only by passing through other bedrooms; their doors often are left open, with curtains providing some privacy. In both urban and rural areas, people tend to live in nucleated settlements surrounding a parish church.

Food and Economy

Food in Daily Life. A heavy meal includes pasta, meat and vegetables, and dessert or fruit. Occasionally, a small bowl of soup called minestra begins the meal. Lampuki pie is a seasonal pastry-covered fish casserole containing spinach, cauliflower, chestnuts, and sultanas. Stuffed octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are served with a tomato sauce, while a roulade of beef known as bragoli is served with gravy. Stuffed poultry and baked pasta dishes are common. Among favorite finger foods are hot pastizzi , in which ricotta cheese, peas, meat, and anchovies are encased in a crust. The cuisine is seasonal.

Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions. Rabbit stewed in wine is a specialty, often with some of its sauce served over pasta as a first course. Tender lamb is eaten at Easter.

Basic Economy. The central Mediterranean location, moderate climate, beaches, and ports generate income and employment. Malta's decimal currency has the lira (LM) as its basic unit and one lira is equivalent to 100 cents. Over two-thirds of the population is employed in services, slightly less than one-third in industry, and about 3 percent in agriculture. Parts assembly is also important, and a

View of Grand Harbor, where the Knights of Saint John began construction of the nation's capital, Valletta, in 1566.
View of Grand Harbor, where the Knights of Saint John began construction of the nation's capital, Valletta, in 1566.
single electronics firm produces two-fifths of industrial exports.

Tourism accounts for one-fourth to one-third of the gross national products (GDP) but employs a larger proportion of the population. Such employment peaks in the summer. The country annually attracts tourists equal to almost three times its population and television sets receive programming from abroad, making foreign cultural influences constant.

In the centralized capitalist economy, the state is the largest employer, with monopolistic control of utilities, fuel, the airline, the shipping line, shipyards and many factories and hotels. Agriculture accounts for about 3 percent of employment but about 4 percent of GDP. Despite a perennial trade deficit, the estimated 1998 GDP per capita of $13,000 was higher than that of Turkey, Portugal, and Greece.

Land Tenure and Property. As most houses are adjoined to others, many laws on land tenure and property relate to the competing rights of neighbors. A homeowner may legally compel a neighbor to maintain at joint expense a common wall between two courtyards or gardens, and neighbors are restricted from placing a stove or manure against common walls.

Trade. Important imports are machinery, fuel, and other products vital to the tourist industry, such as transportation equipment, live animals, food, tobacco, and chemicals. Exports also include chemicals and food. The European Community accounts for slightly more than three-quarters of foreign trade and most foreign investment.

Social Stratification

Nothing suggesting caste distinctions has existed in Maltese society since the expulsion of the ruling aristocratic knights and the freeing from enslavement of a small non-Maltese segment within the population. Despite traces of marginal variation based on heritage, Maltese society recognizes no entrenched ethnic divisions. Relative stratification is evident along the lines of higher education, economic status, comportment, and styles of dress, especially as found in rural areas.

Political Life

Government. The democratic government is highly centralized. The two major parties are the Nationalist Party, which stresses free enterprise and Christian democratic values, and the Malta Labour Party, which stresses income leveling, a mixed economy, and nonalignment. Until the Local Councils' Act in 1993 provided for limited local government, local authority was largely religious and centered in the parishes. There are sixty-seven local councils, which share power with the national government in social welfare, housing, town planning, sanitation, leisure, and traffic planning.

Social Problems and Control. The crime rate in Malta is low. Typical offenses are growing cannabis, circulating counterfeit money, theft, homicide, and entering the country illegally. The National Prison in Paola has seventy to eighty prisoners. The Juvenile Court is in the Centre for Social Welfare, which also houses the Commission against Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Action Team on Violence against Women.

Military Activity. The tiny Armed Forces of Malta has land, sea, and air responsibilities for national security, surveillance, and assistance to civil authorities in emergencies. It is organized in a headquarters and three regiments. An amendment to the constitution in 1987 made Malta a "neutral State," and foreign forces may not serve on its territory.

Social Welfare and Change Programs

A social security system is supported by employee contributions, and benefits are available for injury or disability, surviving spouses, the support of dependent children, and pensions. The system also provides means-tested support for people in financial difficulty through the Social and Family Affairs Department, which also offers crisis intervention and counseling services in areas ranging from probation and rehabilitation to adoption and fostering. It also offers support to citizens who are physically and mentally challenged or abused and to the elderly.

Nongovernmental Organizations and Other Associations

Clubs exist for bands, plant lovers, and religious confraternities. There are also health- and disability-related organizations, single-parents groups, and professional, international, folklore, historical, social, and athletic organizations and teams.

Gender Roles and Statuses

That the literacy rate is equal for males and females in Maltese society (88 percent) suggests that both genders use education in carrying out their assigned roles in society. In the public domain of gainful employment, however, there exists less equivalence between the roles of married women and men than between those of single women and men. The public sector is where most Maltese are employed and, according to a long-standing tradition, women with government jobs were expected to resign upon getting married. That men as husbands and fathers should be the principal providers of material support for families has long been consistent with traditional Catholic values and has tended to be a status symbol among the middle and upper classes. However, the Constitution gives both genders equal rights in employment and, as there now exists within the Ministry of Social Development an Equal Status for Women department, more married women are employed than previously. The Soroptimist International of Malta has been making these and other changes for women.

The professions have long been open to both men and women in Malta although higher ecclesiastical positions are reserved for men. Women work as professors, physicians, nurses, reporters, editors, and legislators. In fact, approximately 15 percent of all persons elected to local councils nationwide are female.

Males and females are free to circulate in public without sanction. While it is still a common sight to see men gathered in piazzas or public squares near local churches socializing with each other on Sundays, until recently domestic chores restricted the time available to married women for leisure away from home. There continues to be considerable division of labor based on gender in households. For example, while some men may help to dry dishes and some boys take out rugs for spring cleaning, cooking as well as many other domestic chores generally is expected to be performed by females. Fathers are much less involved in the rearing of infants, especially female infants, than mothers, although the former may sometimes now be seen pushing a pram or carrying a child onto a bus.

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

Family connections are reckoned through both parents, but Maltese have closer emotional ties and more frequent contact through the maternal side. Matrilocal residence is considerably more common than patrilocal residence, although neolocal residence is preferred. A wife is legally obliged to obey her husband, reside where he wishes, and accept his surname. Children inherit the father's surname and

A fisherman mending a net in the village of Marsa Xlokk. The Mediterranean Sea surrounds Malta.
A fisherman mending a net in the village of Marsa Xlokk. The Mediterranean Sea surrounds Malta.
often nickname. It is uncommon for single people to quit the parental residence at any age.

Marriage. Marriage is viewed as an opportunity for two groups of people to establish ties, and many status considerations come into play, with each side interested in obtaining prestige. The fact that women traditionally have been married with a dowry means that a family's status can rise and fall with the amount of the dowry. Cousin marriages are not socially preferred. Divorce is still not legal in Malta.

Domestic Unit. There is no tribal or lineage organization in families, although the offspring of the same maternal grandmother are typically friendly while she is still living. However, people often recognize that they are related to other people going back at least five generations when marriage decisions are made. Singlehood is not uncommon, and there are large communities of priests and nuns.

Inheritance. Only a husband and wife can make a joint will. Although spouses, children, and parents have certain rights to inherit, there are extreme cases in which they are deemed unworthy or may be disinherited. Members of religious orders may inherit only small life pensions and cannot dispose of property through wills.

Kin Groups. In ordinary conversation, Maltese do not often refer to family units larger than those descended from a particular grandparent or grandmother unless they are tracing their genealogy. After a mother dies, relations between her children are often not close. It is not uncommon for elderly parents or grandparents with living children to reside in homes for the elderly or infirm.

Socialization

Child Rearing and Education. Children sometimes are called by diminutives of their names. Christening takes place in church, usually about a week or two after birth. The parents select as godparents a married couple who are often relatives. A firstborn child may share the parents' bed for two or three years, but if there is an older sister, that child may sleep with her after a year or so. Child rearing is considered more a matter for women than for men. Parents generally prefer that their children attend single-gender schools.

After first communion at about age 6 or 7, a child is taken to church regularly. Confirmation takes place at about age 10, and at that time a child gets a third godparent, always of the same gender as the child. If a child is admitted to a good secondary school, it is considered a tribute to the family. Sex is a taboo subject, and puberty is not discussed in detail. Open courtship is not encouraged before age 18.

Higher Education. The University of Malta goes back to the 1592 founding of the Collegium Melitense , a college founded by the Jesuits mainly to educate students not intending to enter the Jesuit order. It has seven thousand students, including four hundred foreigners. Its ten faculties range from architecture and civil engineering to arts and theology. Associated with the university are fourteen institutes. Higher education is also available through the Archbishop's Seminary and the Foundation for Theological Studies.

Etiquette

Maltese culture defines correct behavior and comportment in a variety of ways depending on status, familiarity, age, and social connections. They range from reserved and courtly to warm and expressive.

Men play brilli, a form of bowling often called ninepins, on a narrow street in Gozo, Malta.
Men play brilli, a form of bowling often called ninepins, on a narrow street in Gozo, Malta.
Whereas introductions and recommendations can open doors, presumptions of instant familiarity invite rebuff. Even business relationships are sometimes resented as manipulative if they do not unfold in a context of social intercourse. Invitations into homes for tea or dinner are considered special and non-routine occasions.

The wearing of scanty dress away from the beaches is not welcomed, nor is immodest dress inside of churches. Face-saving behavior is important in Maltese society, not only because of decorum and for the sake of maintaining the respect of individuals, but also to protect the honor of families. In contrast to nearby northern Africa, public hand holding among men and the veiling of women do not occur.

Religion

Religious Beliefs. Over 98 percent of the population are Roman Catholics, who tend to be highly observant. The year is filled with important religious events, and all localities are identified with patron saints who are celebrated, somewhat competitively, with fireworks and festa pageantry, including processions. Numerous pilgrimages take place, including the annual Franciscan pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mellieha in May. In Valletta, there are a Greek Catholic church, a Greek Orthodox church, an Anglican cathedral, and a Jewish synagogue.

Death and the Afterlife. It is common to pray for the souls of the departed to assist those in Purgatory, and family members openly discuss the kinds of graves they are considering buying. A sharp distinction is made between a common grave and a family grave, which is considered more honorable. The average family grave has compartments for four or five coffins as well as a space below for bones when it is periodically "cleaned" by cemetery workers. It is considered improper to open a grave in less than a year even if another death occurs in the family.

Medicine and Health Care

The largest hospital is Saint Luke's Hospital with 900 beds; the Gozo General Hospital has 159 beds. There are also midwifery services and government dispensaries.

Secular Celebrations

Most celebrations have at least an indirect relationship to religion. Among those that may be considered secular are the pre-lenten Carnival, Independence Day (21 September), Republic Day (13 December), and the Spring Show of Flowers, Vegetables, and Fruits at San Anton Gardens that were established in the 17th century. Additionally, there are circuses, sports events, and activities associated with the theater as well as orchestral, rock, folkloric, and choral concerts.

The Arts and Humanities

Support for the Arts. A long artistic tradition includes the making of furniture, jewelry in gold and silver, glass, sculpture, lace, tableware, dolls, ceramics, brassware, copperware, and miniature cribs and figurines as well as painting. Government involvement with the Valletta Crafts Centre and the Ta Ciali Crafts Village on Malta and the Ta Dbiegi Crafts Village in Gozo as well as its maintenance of the gilded and brocaded Manoel Theatre is important.

Literature. Oral literature exists in the form of proverbs, folktales, and folk songs. The earliest known written literary work in Maltese is a poem entitled Cantilena , which was composed in the fifteenth century; a tradition of written literature emerged in the seventeenth century.

The State of the Physical and Social Sciences

At the University of Malta, areas of scientific research are numerous and include concentrations as varied as dental surgery, microelectronics, gender relations, religious movements, and linguistics.

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—S TEFAN C ORNELIUS G OODWIN



User Contributions:

alex123
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May 4, 2006 @ 1:13 pm
I would like to say that the way you talked about MAlta and its culture was very intresting. i liked the part of the games. I live in Malta myself and I was looking for something totally different: Comparitive dictionary of MAltese proverbs by Guze Aquilina.
you made me think of Malta, my contry more in a positive way. but there is much worse. Malta is a mafia filled freemason contry were to get a job you have to have relations with the biusness. you should do an article on the bad in Malta! but 10qs anyway.peace
david b kelly
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Apr 28, 2007 @ 4:04 am
Found the article to be extremely helpful and educational for research purposes. Have been to Malta on a number of occasions and found it be to a delightful country with wonderful people.Look forward to my return there.
Katie
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Feb 18, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
Hi!
I was just wanting to thank all of you that spent time on making this article.
I had to do a research paper on Malta, how the people live, and mostly what they eat and how they get it. This was extremely helpful..thanks so much!
Endrajaya Kadarisma
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Feb 1, 2009 @ 12:00 am
Hi.....
Thank you very very very very Much..............................................................................................................................
lindsayy..
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Feb 23, 2009 @ 5:17 pm
this is great...
i had 2 do a research on its econmy
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culture...
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Jun 28, 2010 @ 6:06 am
I just read your material and found it very interesting . I developed an interest in Malta afte reading a 4 page centrespread in the Guardin newspaper in London. The 4 pages were promoting tourism, investment and migration, so I was quite surprised to learn from Alex123, who made a comment here, that the mafia and freemasons rule the place...how disappointing. I wonder if you can actually do some research and exposure of this corrupt and illegal way of living. Thanks in advance
Stephanie
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Sep 16, 2010 @ 6:06 am
Thanks heaps for the information! Very interesting stuff, will definately help me with my cultural diversity assignment. - Stephanie from Australia.
stefania
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Oct 9, 2010 @ 3:03 am
hello,i'm doing my thesis about the transformations of maltese territory. somebody can help me?
SAMMY
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Nov 14, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
what type of holidays do they celebrate?? and what do those holidays pertain to?
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Dec 6, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
I would like to know more about the spiritual culture prior to christianity; i notice the eye of Horus displayed on some of their boates
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Feb 7, 2011 @ 1:01 am
I LOVE MALTA.
I would love to live in Malta.
And now I am researching. Associated with living in Malta
In this regard, if you can help me.
Thank
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Feb 8, 2011 @ 6:18 pm
Hi, I am Maltese. Lovely article!! However I must add that we have a new hospital with more beds, a child is taken to church from the age of 6 months sometimes even less, we have adapted the Euro instead of the Maltese Lira (LM) and the population has gone up to 400,000+ . Also, I don't agree that in Malta we have Mafia and it is not that difficult to find a job. Living in Malta is not very expensive. Apartments can be rented from as little as €200 monthly and every day life is normal priced. Malta is most beautiful during spring and summer, where more traditions seem to stand out! Wouldn't recommend to live in cities like Valletta, St.Julians or Sliema, but more rural villages are much preferred by tourists!
RB SFO
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Mar 17, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
Thankyou d.j.caruana, I agree with you this site needs some updating, there is a lot of misinformation. I am a native of Malta and live in the US now. My son is doing some research on Malta through this site and I had to filter through the information posted as it is not correct.
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Apr 13, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
hello, this probably sounds wako,but my grandfather was born and raised in malta,unfortunatley i'm not sure what part, and it's a very lrge place. would really love too know if any of the family still live in malta. my grandfather's name is nazareno mansueto, he left malta and went too wales and married kathleen ahurne. would be ova the moon if anyone could help me, yours hopefully gillian mansueto
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Aug 15, 2011 @ 9:09 am
Hi
Mansueto is not quite a cmmon surname in malta. So, with a little bit of research, you should be able to trace your ancestors. I suggest that you try zejtun and tarxien localities first.
good luck
mario
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Sep 22, 2011 @ 8:08 am
this is a very good good effort toward sports development. this recommendation will go a long way to encourage those who have taken sport as a career.
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Nov 22, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
I did not find what i was looking for but it does have some good infomation could you look for the the organisation that provided protection and care to its people.

Thanks
p simons
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Dec 28, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
MY PARENTS ARE BOTH MALTESE (MY MAIDEN NAME IS AGIUS )SADLY BOTH HAVE PASSED AWAY RECENTLY AND ARE REUNITED TOGETHER AGAIN. WE DAUGHTERS , THERE ARE 7 OF US, ARE LOOKING FOR A HEADSTONE FOR THEM WITH A EITHER A MALTESECROSS ON OR IN THE ACTUAL SHAPE OF ONE. WE ALL LIVE IN SOUTHAMPTON ENGLAND .I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY PICTURES OR PHOTOS THAT ANYONE HAS TO GIVE US SOME IDEAS PF HOW WE CAN MAKE MUM AND DADS FINAL RESTING PLACE SPECIAL FOR THEM . PLEASE E-MAIL THEM TO MY ADDRESS. MANY THANX.
Bruce Stewart
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Jan 1, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
Hi: I have lived in Canada since age 6, (1961), but am proud of my Maltese birth. Dad was Royal Navy, (submarines) and I was born in Valetta in 1954. I have never claimed citizenship elsewhere and wait for the day when I get to visit my homeland.
liezel
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Jan 28, 2012 @ 3:03 am
Hi! thanks a lot for all informations about Malta. ill visit that place very soon. Have a nice day.
Jodi
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Feb 28, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
we are doing World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Malta is our country...I cant enough information on the military there...is it run by Vanessa Frazier?
Nina
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Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:22 pm
Just wondering if any Maltese people knew how common the surname Lobina is over there. Trying to trace some relatives who's parents/ grandparent originated in Valetta. Thanks in Advance
nathan sammut
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May 21, 2012 @ 9:09 am
can you tell me some maltese names for food please?thanks.
john
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Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:01 am
What is the correct term for an elderly lady, auntie etc
Michael
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Nov 24, 2012 @ 1:01 am
Can anybody help me gather/or post info on the surname Agius.
Tonio Bugeja
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Dec 14, 2012 @ 12:00 am
A very extensive article but needs updating. I feel disgusted and take much offence by the mafia and organised crime comment put in by a maltese and this should be removed by the moderator of this site. We never heard of any mafia activity, though freemasons are known to exist but keep a very discreet profile. Malta is a peace loving Jewel in the mediterranean full of wonderful people and many people like professors, medicals, physicists, authors who did us proud all over the globe.
My dictum is that God when created Malta, saw what kind of ambitious race who would create wonders from nothing, and decided to put us on a minscule rock on earth lest we take the whole place over!
The Maltese people are a genius race and their fallicy is Local politics!
Ezekiel
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Feb 6, 2013 @ 5:05 am
Very nice article ,it gives very important details about Malta ,negative comments can only be interpreted by an individual giving out personal views and we are only concerned with the basic details about the people we will interact with not the underworld
Chelsea
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Mar 5, 2013 @ 10:10 am
This was a really interesting article I was wondering about more information about the clothing that is permitted? I was just curious to know what is considered bad to wear outside of the beach
Driekie
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Mar 11, 2013 @ 4:04 am
Hi there,
I asked a few questions about Malta as me and my husband are visiting Malta for the first time in June. But my comment was rejected. Don't know why. Could anyone from malta please email me on driekiespies@gmail.com. I would love it to communicate with someone from there.


Thank you
melissa
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Jun 16, 2013 @ 5:05 am
My husband is from Malta (Gozo), and was surprised to hear that people believe that Malta is run by the mafia. He seems to disagree. His entire family still lives there, we have a home there and go as often as possible and that is something I have never heard. And whoever wanted to know about the food, look up Claudia Caruana. She teaches cooking in NYC but has many Maltese cookbooks. (There are some great easy recipes in them. Even I can make them!)
Raymond
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Jul 30, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
Hi I was born in Malta (Naxxar) my mum,dad, sister,& 2 brothers migrated to West Australia in Nov. 1963 on board the ship Sydney although I am now an Aussie Citizen I still have my ties with Malta and i don't believe we have the mafia there who ever told you there is, they are living in the wrong country yes i do believe it is hard to get a job unless you have a family there, but hey look at the other countries like England, America a especially Australia I still call Malta Home because thats were I was born and someday I hope to go back even for a visit and take my wife and two children even though they were born in Aussie land.I do like web sites like yours because it keeps in touch. right now i am try to find family and friends in Malta we lived i 2 st Pauls Bay rd Naxxar would love pics of that area now
MANDY
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Dec 3, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
Hi there,

I had to do research at Tafe on a community that is foreign to me and i chose Malta
because my family has maltese in them and i have never learnt anything about Malta or Maltese people
before but i have always been curious growing up and interested about where it is located and what the people are like etc.
i have found this information useful and maybe one day i could go and visit there with my family to see the place for real.
cheers
Mandy
sally espera
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Feb 16, 2014 @ 6:06 am
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