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We provide international cost of living and hardship data so that you can create reports online (24X7) using any of the calculators:

Expat Salary: Salary purchasing power parity calculator, for simple cost of living comparison and international salary calculation (e.g. to compare a salary offer).

Cost of Living Comparison: Cost of living allowance calculator, compares cost of living and hardship and calculates a cost of living allowance based on the difference.

International Cost of Living Index: Cost of living index calculator, compares multiple locations to a home base (e.g. international offices compared to HQ).

International Assignment: International assignment management calculator, for global mobility managers who use the build-up approach for detailed international assignment salary and allowance calculations.

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Malta, Valletta

Malta, VallettaValletta is the capital city of Malta. The Valletta peninsula has two natural harbours, Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour. The Grand Harbour is Malta's major port.

Malta is in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily (Italy). The climate is mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers.

The official languages are Maltese and English. Italian is also widely spoken. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of Malta's strengths are its limestone, a favourable geographic location, and a productive labour force. Malta produces only about 20% of its food needs, has limited freshwater supplies, and has no domestic energy sources. The economy is dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing (especially electronics), tourism and financial services.

The Maltese have a reputation for friendliness and a pleasant disposition. Expatriate business dress is generally formal and conservative. During summer lightweight trousers and short-sleeved shirts take the place of business suits.

The security risk for expatriates in Malta is low. Risks include incidental crime, political protests, airport strikes and water shortages.

The currency of Malta is the Euro (EUR). Banking is on a par with that of Western Europe and North America.

Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high.

The population of Valletta is 6,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 1% (2016 est.).

Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Valletta as at 1 September 2016 is average in comparison to other places in the world.

In Valletta, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High
2) Clothing: Low
3) Communication: Low
4) Education: Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: Average
6) Groceries: Low
7) Healthcare: Low
8) Household Accommodation: Low
9) Miscellaneous: High
10) Personal Care: Very High
11) Recreation & Culture: High
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High
13) Transport: Very High

Valletta is for example 9.4% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 8.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 71.9% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Valletta is ranked as a some hardship location.

The hardship premium for Valletta for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Valletta) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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