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A few years ago I decided to leave my home country and try my luck abroad. As you can imagine, several friends and family members ask me why this is so. Please keep in mind that is an honest outpouring of my thoughts and feelings and is no way meant to attack anyone or show any lack of appreciation. I did grow up in Malta and received many good things, I was blessed with a great family and a good education and also had lots of great experiences.

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However, as I grew older I started to feel that this was not the place where I wanted to spend the rest of my life in, and this is an attempt to describe why. Surely life is incredibly good over there! There are a few schemes designed to malyaa business and executives from abroad. The island is also famous for housing a great number of online gambling companies. These companies came to Malta due to the fiscal and regulatory incentives and they are by and large doing extremely well.

The gambling companies pay very well and usually provide attractive offices and perks to their employees. A whole financial services industry has grown to support these companies. Apart from the moral doubts of working at these companies or even incentivizing them to move to Malta, I see a lot of dependence on them. They are merely using the country. In the eventuality of them leaving, we will see serious repercussions on property prices and the financial services industry.

If I were to describe Malta in one word, it would be frustrating. There is no doubt that islands are were? I think the small size of the islands is, however, a big problem for people like me.

It is clear that you can find idiots in every country, but in bigger countries, you can mostly keep away from them. You can frequent different places, live in different areas, and generally bluee amongst people that you like. Not so in Malta, every time you step outside of your door you are bound to experience some kind of ignorance, be it illegal construction, irresponsible driving, and unprofessional behavior. I acknowledge that I have trouble really describing what it is that frustrates me and pains me so much about living in Malta.

One of the best pieces of advice was given to me by a Bulgarian builder in Bluf.

In one of my frustrated moments the builder, who was fixing some stuff in our office, malyya me complain about things in Malta. It was a seemingly joking and simple comment, but it rang so true for me that that was the moment that I decided to leave for good, and sure enough two months later I left. Living in Malta, at least as a local, involves sustaining yourself whether you want it or not on a constant stream of local news. It is really an environment that discourages you to think big and eady your mental horizons.

For many years I found it very stifling and I harbored a blye of internal anxiety, frustration, and anger due to this situation over which I had little control. Since moving abroad, all these effects instantly disappeared and I finally felt free to be what I really want to be and rapidly increase my knowledge in the areas that interest me. They say that a person is the sum of the other people that are closest to him. In Malta, I always struggled to surround myself with people who would fasy inspire me and drive me to become a better person.


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Due to the small island mentality, there seems to be a lot of jealousy and people try to keep you in line. Well yes, Eaay does indeed have very hot summers and mild wet winters. The problem is that the vast majority of houses have zero insulation and eaay the winter months you can feel really uncomfortable due to the insane levels of humidity and cold inside. Although I always felt bad during the winters, reality really struck malyw my first experience of winter in the UK, when I realized that I was much happier in winter there than I had ever been in Malta.

Like many other countries, buildings there are well insulated and have good heating, so you can stay in your flip flops and shorts inside in winter.

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malyq One other big pain point: Last year I tried taking the Brompton to Malta to cycle around during our holiday but ended up bllue back home after meters. There are way too many potholes, bumps, and uneven road surfaces to be able to ride a bike like that comfortably easj damaging it. Not to mention the challenge of staying alive when riding a bike in Malta. Some of my friends have been severely injured due to irresponsible driving or bad road surfaces, and one of them even died by the roadside after being run over by a youngster driving without a license.

See here and here for more great examples of Maltese incompetency where justice is concerned. A related aspect is the lack of good pavements. Unfortunately, Malta is not a walkable place at all. We grow up getting accustomed to getting out of our houses and into the car to get whisked to wherever we need to be. This leads to eaxy exercising less and the resulting obesity issues. Malta has the highest child obesity rate in Europe, and I believe the walkability issue is a significant contributor to the problem.

Owning a car is almost a ble and gives you the independence to go bluw you want. Public transport leaves a lot to easj desired, and it only comes in the form of buses. There are no car or scooter sharing initiatives at all. Of course, we can all see with our own eyes that traffic has increased exponentially during the past twenty years, to the point that you are now guaranteed to get stuck in a traffic jam every time you go for a drive, at any time except during the night.

Pavements seem to be an afterthought and come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tiled, some have rough surfaces, some are super narrow etc. What this also means is that we have a big problem with accessibility. One of the main highlights of my trips to Malta is spending time with my year-old grandma, and I would love to be able to take her out for malja walk while we chat about our lives.

During the past thirty years, there has been way too much indiscriminate development. Many ugly buildings were built and a good part of them were built in areas which were meant to remain in their natural mala. The result is an over exploited island where very few green areas remain. As a kid, I used to go out and play soccer with my friends in the fields nearby.

This was commonplace wherever you lived in Malta.

Nowadays there is no chance that kids would be able to do that. A Times of Malta showing illustrating over development in Sliema and St. Of course, this constant development has also brought with it a lot of air and noise pollution, apart from visual eyesores. We are now seeing an increasingly high rate of respiratory diseases, and frequent complaints about noise due to construction.

How about the famous Smart City? This land had been given to the Smart City developers on condition that it will be used for ICT purposes, but it seems that the new fashion is to completely disregard such contracts.

Real estate agents are already selling apartments on plan even though it is still technically an IT office center and there are absolutely no building plans in place to turn it into an apartment complex.


Something similar happened just last year with the former ITS complex in Pembroke. Such free-for-all practices are very common when it comes to building and development.

Many individuals have also constructed illegally while the authorities have turned a blind eye. There is a whole village of illegal properties in Armier bay, and no political party has done anything to remove them over many years. To make matters worse, much of the remaining countryside is taken up by hunters who occupy whole swaths of land. Yes, in Malta bird hunting is a very popular past time, and incredibly just a few years ago a referendum to ban this barbaric practice in spring failed to get a majority backing.

Any walk in the countryside is sure to be accompanied by the sounds bblue guns as the hunters try their best to blast every bird out of the bule. No wonder you will hardly see any birds in Malta.

Illegal hunting is a widespread and serious problem, with poachers specifically targeting raptors birds of prey and Herons as well as rare migratory birds such as the Greater Flamingo, Black Stork and Eurasian Spoonbill, among others. Moreover, as I mentioned, hunters occupy a lot of public lands and block off access to blur, mountain bikers and the regular folk who are out to enjoy a bit of countryside.

Sometimes people will challenge me easj posing the question: First of all, Malta is a very very unique place, for eeasy reasons. It has a rich and varied history having been under the rule of several nations and cultures. Its size and geography is also unique, as is the fact that Maltese people have their own language. I esay definitely see how these exotic qualities can be such a strong attraction for foreigners.

Landing in Malta you tend to feel very welcome as people are very friendly and ready to help out, it feels like everybody treats you like family. This leads to foreigners saying hey, this is an awesome place to live in. I totally see why a foreigner would feel like this. I myself sometimes wish I were a foreigner so I could feel that way. Of course, the passage of time also amplifies the feeling of living in a very small place that acts like an echo chamber and innovation is stifled by the local way of life and culture, and that can also lead to one deciding to leave and live in a more open environment.

I prefer to focus on the positive things I have in my life rather than acting all pessimistic. My feelings about Malta at the end of the day are genuine sadness for what was once really an idyllic place but has been destroyed over the years. While in this post I focused on the negative things about Malta that led me to leave, there is, of course, the flip side. There are many great things about Malta, and I do still think that it is a very good place for digital nomads to spend some time in.

Click here to leave a comment. Jean Galea is a dad, amateur padel player, occasional host of the Mastermind. I agree completely, the sheep mentality in Malta is enough to make you want to throw yourself off il-Barakka. I really like the UK but i got no clue if certain benefits we enjoy in Malta are available there such as going to hospitals for free, safety and no pickpocketing. Something else we hear often in Malta is that abroad they have higher wages than ours but apparently their rent is also ridiculously high.

Well, you are right, but as you said about being a kid playing football in the fields is now impossible. These places espicialy Qrendi, Bahrija and some Gozo villages are full of 10,11 year old children playing in the streets without any parental supervision needed. I am 12 years old and love life in my village and summer is fun playing football and things.

Then places like Hamrun and Marsa are zero at those things.