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Living conditions

Cost of living


The cost of living in Malta has historically always been lower than in most of the countries in central Europe. However, this situation is changing rapidly as the costs of housing, insurance and general products have risen considerably. Living standards in Malta are good and compare well with those of continental Europe. Life expectancy at birth and infant mortality rate are comparable to those of advanced European economies. Education, health and sanitation facilities are of a very high standard and available to all. International Living magazine’s 2011 Quality of Life Index ranks Malta in second place behind the United States of America and ahead of EU Member States such as France, Belgium, Germany and Austria in the top ten. Indices for Malta are exceptionally high in terms of leisure and culture, the environment, freedom, health, safety and security, and climate. Annual living costs in Malta are substantially lower than in most developed European countries. Safety and security are outstanding. Children can play outside in absolute safety, and all areas are safe to walk or drive around at night. And the freedom and climate in Malta receive the highest possible rating in the survey! The following is a list of some items and their prices in Malta to give an idea of the cost of everyday living there:



Meal, inexpensive restaurant

EUR 15.00

Meal for two, mid-range restaurant, three courses

EUR 50.00

Combo meal at McDonalds or similar

EUR 8.00

Local beer (0.5 litre draught)

EUR 2.50

Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle)

EUR 3.00

Cappuccino (regular)

EUR 2.05

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle)

EUR 1.79

Water (0.33 litre bottle)

EUR 1.11



Milk (regular), 1 litre

EUR 0.95

Loaf of fresh white bread (500 g)

White rice (1 kg)

EUR 1.09

EUR 1.98

Eggs (12)

EUR 2.41

Fresh cheese (1 kg)

EUR 8.03

Chicken breast (boneless, skinless) (1 kg)

EUR 6.98

Beef (1 kg) (or equivalent red meat)

EUR 13.26

Apples (1 kg)

EUR 2.55

Oranges (1 kg)

EUR 2.53

Bananas (1 kg)

EUR 1.86

Potatoes (1 kg)

EUR 1.52

Lettuce (1 head)

EUR 1.33

Water (1.5 litre bottle)

EUR 0.83

Bottle of wine (mid-range)

EUR 6.00

Local beer (0.5 litre bottle)

EUR 1.40

Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle)

EUR 2.11

February 2019. Source: Numbeo


Text last edited on: 05/2020

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