Updated: August 26, 2021 | 7 minute read

    Malta might be the smallest country in land size within the European Union (EU), but it makes up for this by consistently ranking as one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe. 

    Much like Singapore in Asia and Dubai in the Middle East, Malta is internationally considered a unique place to foster both new and existing business. 

    A Malta Permanent Residency allows holders to: 

    1. Permanently live in the fastest-growing economy in Europe;

    2. Travel visa-free to all 26 European countries that make up the Schengen area;

    3. Access the world’s largest economic zone;

    4. Become Long-Term European Residents after five years, thus unlocking many EU citizenship rights.

    Why Malta is Attractive for Business

    Malta has several attributes that make it attractive for foreign investors to do business:

    • Speed and ease of setting-up business;

    • A favourable tax regime supported by more than 72 double taxation treaties

    • The ability to trade freely across all 27 countries within the EU;

    • A highly skilled and efficient workforce;

    • The possibility of recruiting critical people outside the European Union;

    • English as a primary language;

    • Economic and Political stability;

    • Strategic geographical location;

    • Top business support services; 

    • World-class telecommunications;

    • State of the art transhipment and distribution facilities; and

    • Safe and pleasant lifestyle, lavish in culture and entertainment.

    Malta’s Sectors in Focus for Investment

    Historically the country’s services sector provided most of the growth, especially in the financial services and online gaming sectors. The tourism sector consistently experienced record-breaking numbers from year to year for both cruise passengers as well as air arrivals.

    No single sector dominates the economy. This economic diversification, in part, is the reason why Malta was one of the last countries to be impacted by the financial crisis in 2008 and one of the first to be out. 

    While the country continues to expand in new industries, the list below highlights those sectors that have an excellent foundation coupled with excellent support:

    • Aviation;

    • Electronics;

    • Financial services;

    • Gaming;

    • Generic pharmaceuticals;

    • Information technology;

    • Knowledge centre/back-office services;

    • Maritime;

    • Oil and Gas;

    • Training and Education; and

    • The Film industry.

    Malta | Big Advantages

    Hereunder is a quick overview of the significant advantages.

    Location

    Malta enjoys a free market economy, with significant trade in services and goods. The country is unique in the world through being a simultaneous member of the European Union, the Schengen Area and the (British) Commonwealth of Nations.

    • European Union - The most extensive trading zone in the world composed of 27 European states.

    • Schengen Area - A borderless area comprising 26 European states.

    • (British) Commonwealth of Nations - A political association of 53 member states including Australia, Canada and Singapore.

    EU countries map

    Courtesy: Google Maps - European Union

    schengen countries map

    Courtesy: Google Maps - Schengen Area

    commonwealth countries map

    Courtesy: Google Maps - (British) Commonwealth of Nations

    Economic Stability

    Unlike many Mediterranean EU member states, Malta enjoys a low debt-to-GDP ratio and has a very robust banking sector. It is rated A+ by Fitch making it a very safe country in terms of economy.

    The economy has expanded at more than 4.5% per year since 2009, three times the average of the EU. 

    Malta’s real GDP growth rate for 2020 and 2021 is projected to be between 3.8% and 4.2%, thereby cementing its position as the highest growth country in the EU.

    It has also adopted the Euro as its base currency giving it further stability.

    Tax-Efficient System

    Malta has an extremely efficient tax regime which allows for non-tax resident shareholders an effective tax rate of 5%.

    Companies incorporated in Malta are subject to tax at the rate of 35% on their worldwide income and capital gains. However, with the system of tax refunds which Malta adopts, upon the distribution of profits as dividends, shareholders can claim a 6/7ths tax refund, thereby reducing the overall effective tax rate to 5%. 

    Malta also operates a full imputation system, whereby, the tax paid by the company is attributed towards the shareholders’ tax liability. Upon receipt of a dividend, no further tax is due by the shareholder. 

    Presently, Malta has concluded more than 72 double taxation agreements for the avoidance of double taxation. Under domestic legislation, Malta does not impose withholding taxes.

    Read more: Malta Tax Structure

    Skilled Workforce

    The Maltese islands offer an extensive working ecosystem. The Mediterranean country has the culture, resources and people to give professionals and entrepreneurs the possibility to set up and grow their business with success.

    The workforce in Malta is amazingly international and diverse; further attracting professionals from all corners of the world. The economic and political stability and a low crime rate provide higher levels of trust in the country.

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    Easy Communication

    English is one of the languages widely spoken on the islands and is also an official national language. Owing to its time as a British colony, the majority of locals are fluent in English, so communicating and blending in would not be much of an issue. Most business transactions are also carried out in English. 

    This is UNRelated: Buying a Property in the Special Designated Area in Malta.

    Final Words

    All the above points make it very attractive to various business opportunities. 

    Malta has positioned itself as a profitable domain from where to conduct business affairs. 

    Taking up Malta Permanent Residency via Malta PR Program and setting up a business in Malta opens a world of opportunities.