Why Cyprus

Top reasons that make Cyprus unique:

1. Ninety percent of Cypriots speak English
2. The sun shines for approximately 340 days of the year.
3. Cyprus enjoys lovely sea and mountain areas!
4. You are allowed to own a duty free car.
5. The electrics are similar to UK
6. The crime and vandalism are lower than the UK .
7. Cyprus is the island of ‘Venus’ the Goddess of Beauty and Love!
8. Clothes are manufactured in Cyprus for C&A, Richards Shops, BHS, Van Heusen Shirts, Lee Cooper, Lords and Clarks. Furniture is also made in Cyprus and is exported to the UK and Harrods. You can buy it cheaper than UK prices!
9. You can claim your pension and have it sent to Cyprus.
10. The law is based on British Law!
11. The telecommunication systems are all very advanced. Cyprus Telecommunications Authority is one of the most technologically advanced companies in the world!
12. Cyprus has advanced medical care. Almost everybody is insured at cheaper and better rates and service, than UK!
13. You can get married in Cyprus after three days residence!
14. The land registry office is one of the most advanced in the world!
15.  No Pollution and no traffic congestion.
16.  Everyone drives on the left side of the road
17. Cyprus is one of the three countries all over the world where you can snow ski and swim in the same day!
18. Cyprus is a member of the EU..
19. A Unique Culture way of Living.

Cyprus living:

Cyprus provides a fairly high, European level standard of living. The annual per capital income is about 14,000 CYP. The overall cost of living averages about 1/3 to 2/3 of most parts of Europe, Japan or the USA. A recent international poll showed Cyprus towns to have one of the lowest costs of living within a developed nation.

The relatively low cost of living in Cyprus has an added appeal for the potential buyer, offering a full, but comparatively inexpensive lifestyle. Recent statistics pointed to Cyprus as one of the most inexpensive countries in Europe. The local markets flaunt a wealth of colourful fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, and Cyprus’ modern supermarkets are fully stocked with a large range of local and imported goods.

The cost of medical treatment in government hospitals is low. Those wishing to consult doctors privately will find a wide choice of competent doctors, specialists and surgeons practicing on the island.

Facts on Cyprus:

Economy—overview: The Greek Cypriot economy is prosperous but highly susceptible to external shocks.

Inflation rate (consumer prices): Greek Cypriot area: 4.1% (2003 est.)

Unemployment rate: Greek Cypriot area: 3.4% (2003 est.)

Industries: food, beverages, textiles, chemicals, metal products, tourism,

Agriculture—products: potatoes, citrus, vegetables, barley, grapes, olives, vegetables

Exports: Greek Cypriot area: $1.054 billion f.o.b. (2003 est.)

Exports—commodities: Greek Cypriot area: citrus, potatoes, pharmaceuticals, cement, clothing and cigarettes;

Exports—partners: UK 24.4%, France 11%, Germany 7.2%, Greece 6.4% (2003 est.)

Imports: Greek Cypriot area: $4.637 billion f.o.b. (2003 est.)

Imports—commodities: Greek Cypriot area: consumer goods, petroleum and lubricants, intermediate goods, machinery, transport equipment (2003 est.)

Imports—partners: Russia 36.3%, Greece 6.5%, UK 5.3%, Germany 5.2%, Italy 5.1%, France 4.8% (2003 est.)

Currency: Greek Cypriot area: 1 Cypriot pound (£C) = 100 cents;

Exchange rates: check on our webpage

Fiscal year: calendar year

Country name: conventional long form: Republic of Cyprus,  conventional short form: Cyprus

Data code: CY

Government type: republic
note: a disaggregation of the two ethnic communities inhabiting the island began after the outbreak of communal strife in 1963; this separation was further solidified following the Turkish intervention in July 1974 following a Greek junta-based coup attempt, which gave the Turkish Cypriots de facto control in the north; Greek Cypriots control the only internationally recognized government; on 15 November 1983 Turkish Cypriot “President” Rauf DENKTASH declared independence and the formation of a “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC), which has been recognized only by Turkey; both sides publicly call for the resolution of intercommunal differences and creation of a new federal system of government

Capital:Nicosia – note: the Turkish Cypriot area’s capital is Lefkosa (Nicosia)

Administrative divisions: 6 districts; Famagusta, Kyrenia, Larnaca, Limassol, Nicosia, Paphos.

Independence: 16 August 1960 (from UK)

National holiday: Independence Day, 1 October

Legal system: based on common law, with civil law modifications

Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Executive branch: chief of state: President Tassos PAPADOPOULOS (since 1 March 2003); note – the president is both the chief of state and head of government; post of vice president is currently vacant; under the 1960 constitution, the post is reserved for a Turkish Cypriot head of government: President Tassos PAPADOPOULOS (since 1 March 2003); note – the president is both the chief of state and head of government; post of vice president is currently vacant; under the 1960 constitution, the post is reserved for a Turkish Cypriot cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed jointly by the president and vice president elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 16 February 2003 (next to be held NA February 2008)

election results: Tassos PAPADOPOULOS elected president; percent of vote – Tassos PAPADOPOULOS 51.5%, Glafkos KLIRIDIS 38.8%, Alekos MARKIDIS 6.6%

Note: Rauf R. DENKTASH has been “president” of the Turkish Cypriot area since 13 February 1975 (“president” elected by popular vote for a five-year term); elections last held 15 April 2000 (next to be held NA April 2005); results – Rauf R. DENKTASH reelected president after the other contender withdrew; Mehmet Ali TALAT has been “prime minister” of the Turkish Cypriot area since mid-January 2004; there is a Council of Ministers (cabinet) in the Turkish Cypriot area

Legislative branch: House of Representatives or Vouli Antiprosopon (80 seats; 56 assigned to the Greek Cypriots. 24 to Turkish Cypriots; note—only those assigned to Greek Cypriots are filled; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms); Turkish Cypriot area: Assembly of the Republic or Cumhuriyet Meclisi (50 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)

Judicial branch: Supreme Court, judges are appointed by the Supreme Council of Judicature

International organization participation: Australia Group, C, CE, EBRD, EU (new member), FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICFTU, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, NAM, NSG, OAS (observer), OPCW, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

Flag description:white with a copper-colored silhouette of the island (the name Cyprus is derived from the Greek word for copper) above two green crossed olive branches in the center of the flag; the branches symbolize the hope for peace and reconciliation between the Greek and Turkish communities
note: the Turkish Cypriot flag has a horizontal red stripe at the top and bottom between which is a red crescent and red star on a white field.

Location: Europe, island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey

Geographic coordinates: 35 00 N, 33 00 E

Map references: Europe

Area: total: 9,250 sq km (note—of which 3,355 sq km are in the Turkish Cypriot area)
land: 9,240 sq km
water: 10 sq km

Area—comparative: about 0.6 times the size of Connecticut

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 648 km

Maritime claims: continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: temperate, Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters

Terrain: central plain with mountains to north and south; scattered but significant plains along southern coast

Elevation extremes: lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
highest point: Olympus 1,952 m

Natural resources: copper, pyrites, asbestos, gypsum, timber, salt, marble, clay earth pigment

Land use: arable land: 12%
permanent crops: 5%
permanent pastures: 0%
forests and woodland: 13%
other: 70% (1993 est.)

Irrigated land: 390 sq km (1993 est.)

Natural hazards: moderate earthquake activity

Environment—international agreements: party to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution

Ethnic groups: Greek 78% (99.5% of the Greeks live in the Greek Cypriot area; 0.5% of the Greeks live in the Turkish Cypriot area), Turkish 18% (1.3% of the Turks live in the Greek Cypriot area; 98.7% of the Turks live in the Turkish Cypriot area), other 4% (99.2% of the other ethnic groups live in the Greek Cypriot area; 0.8% of the other ethnic groups live in the Turkish Cypriot area)

Religions: Greek Orthodox 78%, Muslim 18%, Maronite, Armenian Apostolic, and other 4%

Languages: Greek, Turkish, English