Digital nomads and workation – Malta with blockchain technology and gigabit internet is Europe's perfect hotspot
Whether you combine your work with your vacation, i.e. Work and Vacation, already with Remote Work, as a Third-Culture-Kid or digital nomad travelling worldwide…
…the EU country Malta, with its
- its high-quality infrastructure and superfast Gbps Internet
- the official language of English
- modern health care
- coworking spaces in many places on the island
- the aspiration of a high-tech country and blockchain in public administration
- the stunning beaches and coastline for water sports, trekking, and more
- the variety of work opportunities for freelancers and remote workers
- the affordable accommodation and exclusively shared houses for digital nomads
- the variety of recreational activities
- the 24/7 party mile in St. Julian and Paceville
and the low cost of living as created for digital nomads and work remoty.
You are looking for sun, sea, and sports to balance your job?
Be smart and try Malta! Here’s how to do it:
The most important facts in a nutshell: Our answers for quick and cross readers
Digital Nomads – Is Malta a good location for digital nomads?As an EU and EEA citizen, you can stay in Malta for up to 90 days without a visa or residence permit, enjoying the sun, sea, beach, and high-speed internet.Technical infrastructure and superfast internetMalta has a very reliable internet and robust infrastructure. Wi-Fi coverage is almost universal. Many hotspots offered free of charge by the hospitality industry and retailers can be used without extensive registration and enable location-independent working. Free Wi-Fi is also available on public transportation. You can use mobile Internet via the 5G standard. The best conditions for digital nomadism.
Language and communication
Maltese is a difficult language to learn. Maltese has been influenced by the conquerors such as Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Italians, Hospitaller Order of St. John (Order of Malta), French, and English. You do not have to learn Maltese. There is no language test. With the withdrawal of the British from Malta in 1964, the English language remained. English is the second official language in Malta. You can communicate with authorities, companies, health care, or employers in a relaxed way in English.
Thanks to the infrastructure, there are enough job offers for qualified job nomads. Malta’s entrepreneurs are desperately looking for qualified personnel in IT, iGaming, or even Blockchain.
Climate and Weather
Malta is one of the smaller countries in the European region and is located far to the south. Thus, Malta rarely has rain, up to 320 days of sunshine, Mediterranean climate. So it is not uncommon to still have up to 25 degrees temperature in December. This makes long-term stays interesting, even over the cold European winter.
Where to find a remote workspace and how expensive are office rent and internet in Malta?
Office rent varies and therefore can only be defined in large price ranges that do not help anyone. This is because Malta offers co-working spaces, especially for digital nomads. So a remote workplace on agreed times.
What is a coworking space or corporate coworking in Malta?
In Malta’s coworking spaces you rent a desk workspace, office space, or conference room on a temporary basis including high-speed – WLAN. Your desk space is in an open-plan office. Kitchen, coffee machines, lounges, common rooms, and sometimes fitness rooms are shared by the tenants. Usually, in Malta, a flat rate for drinks is part of the rental contract. Printers, scanners, PC-equipped workstations, or Skype and phone rooms are rented individually.
Co-working spaces can be found in office buildings or as rented villas, where digital nomads sublet their time in Malta. These coworking spaces are popular with digital nomads, freelancers, remote workers, startups, and companies that need high flexibility for workplaces at times. The more flexible the tenant, the cheaper the rent. A hot desk or shared desk is a rotating workspace in an open space. The Fix Desk or a fixed rented space costs more because it is not rented in your absence. In Malta, coworking spaces come in all the forms described.
What are the target groups of coworking spaces?
Basically, a coworking space is open to everyone who can work digitally.
In principle, a coworking space is open to anyone who works digitally.
- Freelancers, freelancers, and self-employed people
- Companies, entrepreneurs, and agencies with additional needs for workstations, training, education, and development spaces
- Start-ups, entrepreneurs who do not yet want to rent office space
- Employees on Workation, who need a permanent workplace during the approved period of time
- Working groups and networkers who love intra-industry exchange
- Students, pupils, jobseekers, and many more who require a comfortable or productive atmosphere for a short period of time to study or work.
BUSINESSLAPS Malta – The affordable co-working space for digital nomads and remote work
We have been looking around Malta for a cheap coworking space in Malta. We were recommended BUSINESSLABS by digital nomads. Furthermore, we asked the operations manager Andrew for an interview:
How did you come up with the idea of BUSINESSLABS coworking?
What are the advantages of using the BUSINESSLABS Malta coworking spaces?
Wow, that sounds great. Who is coworking worthwhile, and who are BUSINESSLABS customers?
Are there any trial offers, and how do clients get a place in a coworking space?
What are the specifics about your flexible Workspace BUSINESSLABS and what services do you offer?
Thank you, Andrew, for the exclusive and exceedingly interview with an exciting insight into your mindset and creativity.
(The interview was conducted in the summer of 2022)
What is the big advantage of coworking spaces in Malta?
You come to Malta as a digital nomad and can start your remote work immediately. If necessary, you have to be flexible with the working hours. Additionally, you will find contact with the working community.
How fast is the internet in Malta?
Already in the last decade Malta had 1 Gigabit Internet as standard in the business centers between St. Julians, Sliema, Valletta, and Birkirkara. With gigabit internet speed and almost universal WLAN coverage, Malta is one of the leading locations for internet and blockchain technology and is suitable for mobile working.
Can digital nomads set up companies in Malta?
Without a permanent residence in Malta it is complicated but possible. With a residence permit, which you need from day 90 at the latest, you can set up your company in Malta. The requirements of the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive apply throughout the EU and make the incorporation process extensive. In return, the free movement of persons makes it easier for Europeans to set up a company in Malta under simplified conditions.
How expensive is Malta compared to other European countries?
That depends on what you want to look at. Gasoline prices almost don’t fluctuate at all in Malta and are just 5 cents higher in 2022 than they were in 2021. Malta has to export almost all of its food. That’s where import prices go up when they go up in the producing country. The monthly income in Malta is average compared to Europe, but only 60 percent of Germany or France. We have used government agencies and our own records of food prices, bank accounts, public transport, electricity, water prices, and housing rents in Malta to determine the cost of living in a simplified way.
It is well known that Switzerland is considered one of the most expensive countries in Europe. The cost of living is about 60 – 80 percent higher than in Malta, as is the case in Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Norway. Great Britain and Ireland are also between 40 and 60 percent above Malta. The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, and cheap food country Germany are 20 to 40 percent above Malta.
At the same price level as Malta are Portugal, Greece, Estonia, and Slovenia. In the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania it lives partly around up to 30 percent more favourably than on Malta.
On what data basis is the estimate of the cost of living of WoM based?
We collect the data on Malta ourselves. We publish the prices for housing or food, for example, on the World of Malta. In addition, we use publicly available information from the Maltese government’s statistics offices and Eurostat, as well as from the World Bank, IMF, and OECD.
Cost of living is determined using similar baskets of goods. These statistics are indicative at best. For example, rental housing in Malta from this millennium is comparable to the quality in Central Europe from 50 years ago. This is not only problematic for comparative statistics; the EU has also been working for years on uniform criteria for energy savings in buildings, which cannot be standardized between Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Malta. In addition, various regional food regulations apply, making many products not comparable 1 to 1.
How much does an Internet connection cost in Malta?
The pure Internet connection without TV or landline telephone is available in Malta for about 15 euros per month for a two-year contract. Internet contracts with a provider that can be terminated at any time are between 10 and 25 percent higher.
Is Malta a safe country?Malta is one of the safest countries in the world. You will hardly find Malta and cities like Valletta, Mosta, Mellieha, or Sliema in the lurid articles: The 50 most dangerous countries or cities in the world.Malta has only about 500,000 inhabitants, and Valletta as the smallest capital in Europe has 7,000 of them, so Malta has fewer inhabitants than France’s Lyon, Spain’s Malaga or Saragossa, as well as Germany’s Nuremberg or Duisburg. Malta is therefore hardly mentioned in any of these articles. The big problem with these many Internet articles: they are almost always just surveys of readers or members of a small community. They have no official crime statistics as a basis. There is little or no verification and spam protection. Simplified: most articles about the safest and most dangerous countries or cities in the world have no scientific basis and are almost worthless for travel decisions.And what is the real situation with crime in Malta?In the summer months during the peak travel season, pickpocketing is on the rise, especially in the Sliema and Paceville areas. It is suspected in the media that the thieves enter for the summer months and fly back to their home countries after their work is done. Violent crimes are rare. The island location means that there are no quick escape routes. Many cameras violate data protection regulations (EU-DSGV) and record everything. In Germany, the illegally recorded evidence would probably not be allowed to be used. In Malta, they increase our security. For example, one or two hit-and-run drivers have been identified by video recordings after parking damage. Burglaries, car thefts, and robberies are rare. Overall, Malta also counts as a safe country for women and solo travellers.
Pros and cons of Malta for digital nomads
Your country is not part of the Schengen area and not one of the 62 visa-exempt countries?Remote working or studying is not allowed in the Schengen area with the 90-day tourist visa. Lawyers say: A look into the (visa) law provides clarity. True, the democratic EU and Schengen area governments do not (continuously) read the Internet and can hardly check illegal remote work. In accordance with the law, freelancers or remote workers with a visa requirement working in Malta need a business visa.The visa law in the Schengen area is complex. There are single entry, multiple entries, business, and tourist visas. The unique yearly visa for nomads (nomad residence permit) with low entry barriers to Malta is a successful alternative. As a non-EU citizen, there is a unique yearly visa for digital nomads in Malta.
Do you have no idea what the European Union (EU) is?
- To pacify the peoples of Europe through integration and cooperation.
- Security policy unity vis-à-vis the Soviet Union (USSR)
- Founding of the European Economic Community (EEC)
- Cooperation in the European Atomic Energy Agency (EURATOM)
- Creation of a customs union, i.e., dismantling of trade barriers
- Creation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
- Czech Republic
- High degree of price stability and low inflation rates since 2001
- Budgetary discipline with regard to debt and inflation of the member states (Stability Pact)
- Common economic policy
- Functioning market economy
- Free movement of goods
- One European Central Bank (ECB)
- Common currency Euro enables cross-border price comparison and elimination of exchange fees
- Free movement of workers
- Free movement of services and freedom of establishment
- Free movement of capital
- Free movement of persons within the EU and the Schengen area
- Institutional stability as a guarantee of democracy and the rule of law
- Respect for human rights and protection of minorities
- Community legislation
- The common external border policy
- The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is the highest court of law
FAQ: do you have a question about digital nomads in Malta? We give the answers
Internet provider Melitta quotes speeds in Malta between 30 Mbps and 1,200 Mbps (1.2 Gbps). Speeds are similarly offered by Go and Epic (formerly Vodafone).
Malta has had a fiber-optic network with gigabit speeds for many years. This is available in urban centers and business locations such as Sliema, St. Julians, and Birkirkara. In the outskirts and in the north, the speed is often only between 30 and 50 Mbps.
Conclusion: Malta is on the way to becoming a stronghold for digital nomads
Malta’s infrastructure and climate are tailor-made for digital nomads. You’ll find coworking spaces with 24/7 opening hours all over the country. Almost nationwide Wi-Fi and mobile 5G standards give you the opportunity to work remotely everywhere. Ideal for location-independent jobs. Thanks to the infrastructure, specialists such as WordPress developers, data analysts, and software developers are in demand, especially in the IT sector.
The party areas of Paceville in St. Julian and Sliema are world-famous for partying. The proximity to the sea and beach, as well as the ample leisure facilities, leave nothing to be desired. Outdoor activities such as cycling, jogging, outdoor gym, and countless water sports provide a balance to working life. Compared to other European countries, life in Malta is rather cheap.
No language test for digital nomads in Malta, no learning a new language. Malta is the only EU country with English as an official language. Excellent prospects to drop by Malta sometimes as a digital nomad.