Cyprus

Cyprus, An Overview

Cyprus is a modern country that enjoys a strategic geographical position. It lies at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Africa and Asia, thus provides unrivalled access and travel opportunities. With its excellent flight connections and first-class airports, the island is perfectly placed for working and travelling within and beyond the European Union. Cyprus has a rich heritage and diverse culture, beautiful beaches with the cleanest bathing waters in Europe, fresh air, a wonderful Mediterranean climate and cosmopolitan cities with an abundance of amenities. The island offers a low cost but high standard of living and is a very popular year-round destination for Europeans seeking a coastal or golf holiday.

  • Full EU member
  • Excellent British education
  • Beautiful scenery & very low crime rate
  • Strategic location enables easy access to Europe, Africa & Asia
  • Excellent year-round climate
  • No inheritance tax

Cyprus Global Ranking

International Membership

  • World Trade Organisation (WTO) (1995)
  • Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) (1975)
  • The Commonwealth (1961)
  • The Council of Europe (CoE) (1961)
  • The United Nations (UN) (1960) and its Specialised Agencies
  • The World Bank
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Cyprus Fact File

LOCATION

Southeast Europe, island in the Mediterranean

CAPITAL CITY

Nicosia (Lefkosia)

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA

9251km2 , 3rd largest Mediterranean island

EU MEMBER

Since 2004

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT+2

LANGUAGE

Greek, Turkish, English widely spoken

RELIGION

Greek Orthodox, Muslim, other

GOVERNMENT TYPE

Presidential democracy

CURRENCY

Euro (EUR)

GDP

$21.62 billion (2013 est)
purchasing power parity
$24,500 (2013 est.) per capita
Composition: agriculture: 2.4%,
industry: 15.9%, services:81.7% (2013 est.)

CLIMATE

Mediterranean, mean temperature 23°C

POPULATION

1,155,403

AGE STRUCTURE

0-14yr:15.8%, 15-24yr:15.8%, 25-54yr:46.9%
55-64yr:10.6%, 65yr+:11%

DRINKING WATER & SANITATION

100%

COASTLINE

648km, Cleanest bathing water in Europe
(European Environment Agency)

HIGHEST POINT

1951m, Mt Olympus

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