Best quality of life is in Malta – International Living Index

Malta has been ranked in the top three positions of the Quality of Life Index 2011, published in International Living magazine. The a was survey carried out on 192 countries covering 10 categories (infrastructure, cost of living, culture, environment, freedom, health, and safety). International Living magazine Editor Eoin Bassett stated that that with its excellent climate, stable government and economy and being an English speaking country, “Malta is a very strong draw for expats”. “Anchored almost in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, 60 miles from the Italian island of Sicily, frost and snow are mostly unknown in Malta, and the temperature nudges 70 degrees Fahrenheit even in November. The five islands that make up Malta aren’t on everyone’s radar, and are mostly unheard of by Americans. About 500,000 Maltese live on the largest, more sophisticated main island, and most have a lively urban lifestyle. Homes and apartments here attract an international set as do the historic harbors and five-star hotels. Crime hardly exists, the locals are hospitable and the health care is excellent. There aren’t any property taxes, and the U.S. expats who benefit most from living here are those who retain earnings from elsewhere that they then elect to get taxed in Malta, at 15%. At roughly twice the size of Washington D.C., it’s easy to socialize with other expats. There’s regular 90-minute ferry service to Sicily and a modern airport at Luqa with flights to numerous other European countries, including Rome, just one hour away by plane.”