About Cyprus


The Cypriot economy is prosperous and has diversified in recent years.  According to IMF estimates, its per capita GDP (adjusted for purchasing power) is, at $28,381, just above the average of the European Union.  Cyprus has been sought as a base for offshore businesses thanks to its well-developed infrastructure.  The economic policy of the Cyprus government has focused on meeting the criteria for admission to the European Union.  Adoption of the Euro as a national currency is required of all new countries joining the Europ... Read More


Cyprus has a highly-developed system of primary and secondary education in both the public and private sectors.  The high quality of instruction can be attributed to a large extent to the competence of the teachers but also to the fact that nearly 7% of the GDP is spent on education, which makes Cyprus one of the top three spenders on education in the EU along with Denmark and Sweden.  State schools are generally seen as equivalent in quality to private-sector institutions. Admissions to Cypriot universities are decided almost exclus... Read More

Events & Festivals

Beer Festival  (May) Sponsored by the local radio stations - listen to live music on the open stage at the harbour and sample local and international beers.  There are also beer festivals in Nicosia and Limassol. Flower Festival  (May)  "Anthesteria" is a Spring festival organised in honour of the Greek God Dionysus, the divine protector of the theatre.  The word of the festival is derived from the Greek word for flower - anthos. This is the festival of flowers, plants and souls, mainly celebrating the rebirth of... Read More


Cyprus is 240 kilometres long and 100 km wide.  The island's shape is often compared to a frying-pan or sting-ray, with the head in the west-south-west, in the Paphos area, and the tail, sometimes referred to as the pan-handle, in the east-north-east.  The island has a mountainous interior dominated by the Troodos mountains.  North of the capital Nicosia is a central plain, the Mesaoria.  The Troodos mountains cover most of the southern and western portions of the island and account for roughly half its area. The narrow Kyre... Read More


Cyprus is a Presidential republic.  The head of state and of the government is the President, who is elected by a process of universal suffrage for a five-year term.  Executive power is exercised by the government with legislative power vested in the House of Representatives, whilst the judiciary is independent of both. The 1960 constitution provided for a presidential system of government with independent executive, legislative, and judicial branches, as well as a complex system of checks and balances, including a weighted power-sha... Read More

Greek Language

A tongue-in-cheek guide to Greek for English speakers The following is directed above all at those who do not have the time or inclination, or are tired of trying, to learn a different alphabet to speak Greek.  With this simple guide you can learn a few phrases that will come in handy.  The theme of this article is that you can make a fair stab at speaking Greek by speaking English. Oh, there's some bad news:  Greek Cypriots have their own dialect and distinctive pronunciation, compared with the Greeks.  But there's good n... Read More


General  Cyprus is only just in the process of setting up its own medical school.  Hitherto those wishing to obtain medical or related qualifications to become doctors, dental surgeons, physiotherapists etc. had to study abroad.  Thus one finds that Cypriot medical staff have usually received their qualifications in the U.K., the United States, Russia or Germany, to name the most common.  There are also many practitioners here from those countries.  And, owing to the inadequate supply of qualified, experienced local... Read More


Ancient Cyprus  Cyprus is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite and Adonis.  The earliest confirmed settlement dates from about 10,000 BC.  The arrival of the first humans correlates with the extinction of the dwarf hippos and dwarf elephants.  There were several waves of population and settlement during the Neolithic age.  The Mycenaean Greeks first reached Cyprus around 1600 BC.  Another wave of Greek settlement is believed to have taken place in the period 1100-1050 BC, with the island's predominantly Greek chara... Read More


Transport  The Cyprus Government Railway ceased operation on 31st December, 1951.  The remaining modes of transport are by road, sea and air.  Of the 10,663 km (6,626 ml.) of roads in the Greek-Cypriot area as of 1998, 6,249 km (3,883 ml.) were paved and 4,414 km (2,743 ml.) were unpaved.  As of 1996 the Turkish-Cypriot area had a similar ratio of paved to unpaved, with approximately 1,370 km (850 ml.) of paved roads and 980 km (610 ml.) unpaved.  Cyprus is one of only four EU nations in which vehicles drive on the left... Read More


Newspapers include Phileleftheros, Politis (Cyprus), Simerini, the Cyprus Mail (English), the Cyprus Observer, Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus Today, the Cyprus Weekly, Financial Mirror, Haravgi and Makhi. TV channels include ANT1 Cyprus, Alfa TV, CNC Plus TV, Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, Lumiere TV, Middle East Television, Mega Channel Cyprus and Sigma TV. In addition many homes have dishes to receive satellite television, or have either cable television or internet television via their telecommunications provider. Magazines in many different... Read More
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