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88.9% Of People In Malta Believe In God

Jun 20 2024 Share

Survey Reveals Maltese Attitudes Towards Religion and Trust: A Detailed Analysis

In a recent survey “Stat tan-Nazzjon,” a significant majority of respondents affirmed their belief in God.

The survey, designed by statistics expert Dr. Vincent Marmarà and strategic communication consultant Mr. Lou Bondi, encompassed a representative sample of 1,064 individuals across Malta.

A striking 88.9% of respondents declared their belief in God, while only 8.2% stated they did not believe, and 3.0% were uncertain. These figures have remained relatively consistent over the past four years, though subtle shifts are noticeable.

  • Among those aged 16-25, over twenty respondents (20.7%) expressed disbelief in God.
  • Over fourteen percent of individuals with tertiary education reported not believing in God (14.5%).

Despite these variations, religion retains significant importance for many Maltese:

  • 56.7% of respondents consider religion very important in their lives.
  • 31.5% view it as somewhat important.
  • 10.4% regard it as not important at all.

The data suggests a clear trend: older respondents tend to place greater importance on religion. Conversely, those with lower educational levels overwhelmingly deem religion important (83.3%). Interestingly, higher earners tend to place less importance on religion.

Less than 40% of the survey participants in 2024 said they consider religion significantly when making moral decisions (38.9%), a notable decrease from 49.0% in 2023. The trend indicates that older individuals are more likely to factor in religion when determining right from wrong, whereas higher education levels correlate with a lesser reliance on religious considerations for such decisions.

Dr. Marmarà highlighted a growing sentiment among Maltese people of declining reliance on religion and political parties for decision-making. This coincides with increasing importance placed on family for guidance and support. Trust in media is also waning.

Dr. Marmarà noted, “People are becoming more selective in whom they trust, reducing their risk-taking in trust. The decreasing trust in media reflects this shift.”

Other key findings include:

  • 35.2% of respondents believe that foreigners are not the solution to Malta’s issues, even though tourism, which heavily relies on foreigners, is seen as vital for economic growth.
  • A significant number of people feel financially better off, yet their expectations continue to evolve.

President Myriam Spiteri Debono opened the national conference by reflecting on the survey’s findings over the past four years. She emphasised the importance of these insights for institutions and political entities aiming to lead and serve the Maltese population effectively.

“The survey serves as a crucial guide and reference for institutions and organisations working among the people, particularly those aspiring to leadership at various levels,” concluded President Debono.


ABBA Tribute Band to Headline Kirkop Music Festival

ABBA Tribute Band to Headline Kirkop Music Festival
Jun 20 2024 Share

ONSTAGE Malta is thrilled to announce the upcoming Kirkop Music Festival, set to take place on Saturday, June 22, 2024, starting at 8:00 PM.

The event will be held in the village of Ħal Kirkop, on Triq Taż-Żebbiegħ, and promises a night of unforgettable music and entertainment with free entry for all attendees.

A major highlight of the festival will be a performance by the sensational UK-based tribute band, 21st Century Abba. Known for their faithful renditions of ABBA’s greatest hits, the band will bring the timeless magic of the Swedish pop legends to life, delighting fans with classics like “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” and “Waterloo.”

The Kirkop Music Festival is not just a celebration of music but also a community effort to support a worthy cause. The festival will raise awareness and support for ALS Malta+, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The event aims to combine enjoyment of top-notch music with a positive social impact.

The festival lineup also includes local DJ talents Ryan Spiteri, DJ Panelli, and DJ Sandro, who will entertain the crowd with hits from the 80s and 90s. To accommodate attendees, free parking will be available at St. Benedict Secondary School, just a short walk from the concert venue.

Join us at the Kirkop Music Festival for an evening of fantastic music, community spirit, and support for ALS Malta+. Don’t miss out on this exceptional event featuring the spectacular 21st Century Abba tribute band!


Maltese Player Shaun Dimech Joins Bosnian Champions Borac Banja Luka

Jun 20 2024 Share

22-year-old Shaun Dimech has officially signed with Bosnian champions Borac Banja Luka. This signing marks a new chapter in Dimech’s career, as he leaves Valletta Football Club, where he has spent his entire professional journey to date.

The announcement came on Wednesday evening after successful contract negotiations between Dimech and Borac Banja Luka, kickstarting the Maltese player’s journey in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s top football division.

Dimech has already joined his new team, departing for Slovenia where Borac Banja Luka is undergoing an intensive training camp at Terme Zreče. The team, under the guidance of coach Mladen Žižović, is preparing for the upcoming 2024/25 season, including their participation in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.

This transition is particularly notable as Borac Banja Luka is set to compete in the same qualification round as Malta’s own champions, Ħamrun Spartans. While there was a chance that these two teams could face each other in the first round, Borac Banja Luka will instead be playing against Albania’s KF Egnatia.

Fans and well-wishers are excited to see how he will perform with Borac Banja Luka in their quest for European gold.

Good luck Shaun!


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Local Couple Donates €119,000 to Puttinu Cares

Local Couple Donates €119,000 to Puttinu Cares
Jun 20 2024 Share

In a heartwarming act of generosity, local couple Joe and Tessie Spiteri have donated an astounding €119,000 to Puttinu Cares, a support organisation dedicated to assisting patients and families who travel abroad for medical treatment.

The couple’s generous contribution will significantly aid in the development and furnishing of Puttinu Cares’ new apartment block in central London, providing essential accommodation for those in need.

Puttinu Cares took to Facebook to express their heartfelt gratitude to the elderly couple, stating that the remarkable donation fills them with courage and hope. This new facility will offer a much-needed haven for patients and their families, easing the burden of seeking treatment far from home.

The Facebook post quickly went viral, attracting hundreds of comments from people praising Joe and Tessie for their exceptional generosity. The public’s reaction reflects widespread admiration and appreciation for the couple’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

Kudos to Joe and Tessie!