Malta reflects the influences of various cultures which have come in touch with the Maltese islands in the course of centuries, including the neighbouring Mediterranean cultures and those nations that ruled Malta before its independence in 1964. The culture of modern Malta is depicted as a motley pattern of beliefs, traditions and practices.
Malta has an excellent standard of state funded healthcare. Medical staff are extremely well trained and healthcare in Malta is available free to all citizens and registered long-term residents. Private healthcare thrives in this country and co-exists with the state system.