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Business etiquette

Business etiquette

. The business practices and etiquette in Malta are in nature very similar to Anglo-Saxon practices, having resulted from the presence of British forces in Malta. The country's official languages are Maltese and English, although Italian and French are also widely spoken in the business community. Business correspondence is conducted primarily in English. Laws and regulations are published in both official languages - English and Maltese.
. On the whole, Maltese business people have a conservative approach to business. Punctuality is expected and appreciated and dress codes in offices are conservatively smart. Meeting appointments should be arranged several days in advance. It is customary to shake hands when being introduced or when meeting someone, as well as when leaving. Business cards are usually exchanged during business meetings, either at the beginning or at the end of a meeting. During social events business cards may be provided if specifically requested by another person.
. Typical office hours are between 08:30 and 17:30 Mondays to Fridays, with a one-hour break typically between 13:00 and 14:00, however many executives work longer hours. On Saturdays retail outlets are generally open between 09:00 and 13:00. Business entertaining can be conducted during any meal and generally the person who initiates the meeting is expected to pay. The best months for business visits are between October and May, with the months between December and February usually being substantially colder and wetter.