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A business-friendly environment that is ripe with opportunities, yet where one can safely invest and cater for asset protection and wealth planning, and perhaps take up a secondary residence or citizenship is an investor’s paradise. Malta, an island nation located at a crossroads between Europe and North Africa is increasingly being eyed by Asian investors as an ideal destination for investment.   The Republic of Malta is strategically located at the heart of the Mediterranean, just a 2-hour flight away from most European capitals. Maltese is the national language common to most natives; however, English is an official language as...

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