Malta recognised Estonia on 26 August 1991 and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 1 January 1992.
In May 1996, William Spiter became the first Maltese ambassador to Estonia, residing in Bonn. From 1997-2000, Malta was represented by Charge d’Affaires John Busuttil. In 2000, Eric Gerada-Azzopardi became the Maltese ambassador to Estonia, residing in Stockholm. He was the ambassador until autumn 2002.
From 2002-2007 the Maltese Ambassador to Estonia was Mark Miceli-Farrugia. From 2008-2013 the Ambassador to Estonia was Laurence Grech and from 2014-2020 Charles L. Mifsud. Ambassador Kenneth Vella presented his credentials on 6 July 2021. Like his predecessors, he resides in Valletta.
Malta’s honorary consul in Estonia is lawyer Aku Johannes Sorainen (exequatur 26 November 2003).
From 1999-2002 the Estonian ambassador to Malta was Jaak Jõerüüt. Within the period of 2003-2006, Estonia was represented in Malta by Jüri Seilenthal. From 2006-2010 the Estonian ambassador to Malta was Andres Tomasberg and from 2010-2014, Merike Kokajev. From 2014-2020 the Estonian ambassador to Malta was Celia Kuningas-Saagpakk who, like her predecessors, resided in Rome. Ambassador Paul Teesalu presented his credentials to the President of Malta George Vella on 25 February 2021.
Estonian film days have taken place in Malta annually since 2017. The 4th Estonian film days, which are held in Valletta, took place on 13-15 November 2020.
In November 2016, the Estonian clown duo Piip and Tuut performed at the childrens and youth festival Żigużajg. In October-November, Estonian musicians took part in the Malta International Organ Festival. In July, Arvo Pärt’s “Greater Antiphons” was premiered at the Malta International Arts Festival.
Economic ties and trade between Estonia and Malta have thus far remained modest. Trade volumes have remained stable and the trade balance is positive for Estonia. In 2018 Malta was Estonia’s 56th trading partner. Goods totalling 15,9 million euros in value were exported and 1,2 million euros worth of goods were imported from Malta. The total trade turnover was 17,1 million euros.
All economic figures originate from the Statistical Office of Estonia
According to data from the Bank of Estonia, as of 31.12.2018 Malta had made direct investments in Estonia with a total value of 65.2 million euros. The most investments were made in financial and insurance sectors.
Estonian direct investments in Malta totalled 38.8 million euros in value. The main investments were made in the financial and insurance sectors.
Tourism is a rapidly developing branch of the economy for both Malta and Estonia. The Estonian Tourism Board and the Malta Tourism Board have had good co-operation for many years doing tourism studies, since both of the boards belong to the European Travel Commission. The number of tourists from Malta to Estonia has increased steadily over the years. In 2014, there were 505 Maltese tourists accommodated in Estonia, then in 2018 that number had grown to 1117. In addition to Tallinn, popular destinations among Maltese tourists were also Tartu county, Pärnu county, and Ida-Viru county.
|November 2016||Prime Minister Joseph Muscat|
|May/June 2012||State visit of President George Abela|
|June 2009||Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi|
|October 2008||Foreign Minister Tonio Borg|
|May 2002||Speaker of the Parliament Anton Tabone|
|May 2001||President Guido de Marco on a state visit|
|November 2017||Prime Minister Jüri Ratas|
|September 2017||President Kersti Kaljulaid at the 13th meeting of the Arraiolos Group|
|March 2010||Foreign Minister Urmas Paet|
|October 2003||President Arnold Rüütel on a state visit|
|November 2002||President of the Riigikogu Toomas Savi|
|March 2001||Prime Minister Mart Laar|