Living in Cyprus
An island in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus is the centre point between Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Famously known as the birthplace of goddess Aphrodite, it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.
Languages:Greek, English, Turkish
GDP per capita:US $29,432.67
The Republic of Cyprus
Cyprus is a democratic independent sovereign republic with a presidential constitutional government. The president is elected by universal suffrage for a term of five years and exercises executive power through an appointed Council of Ministers.
Cyprus is easily accessible via a Schengen visa making it an easy choice for visitors. people legally stay in Cyprus for a period equal to the duration of the time for which the Schengen visa is valid.
Cyprus Real Estate Market
Being a market that currently offers almost unparalleled returns, real estate in Cyprus is a growing part of the economy with the advent of tourism, shipping, natural gas and technology companies all investing in and employing from the whole of the European talent pool. Fuelling this further, they are now welcoming 3rd country nationals to set up their homes which has culminated a demand for residential, commercial and industrial real estate.
Cyprus is part of the Commonwealth, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations (UN), the Council of Europe and the World Bank. It is represented through diplomatic missions in over 40 countries.
The Cyprus International Business Association (CIBA) is a registered non-profit company that safeguards the interests of international businesses, their international shareholders and other support staff. They foster healthy relationships with other private sector and semi-governmental organizations, enabling maximum benefit from the island’s strategic location, bridging Europe to Middle East Africa and the Far East.
Cyprus enjoys a subtropical climate with long summers from May to October each year with mild winters along its coastal areas. Light winds and variating rainfall are welcomed from November to March while the snow-capped mountains make for a promising skiing experience through the season.
A major tourist destination in Europe, Cyprus offers a warm climate, endless beaches and pristine blue waters making the country a wonderfully diverse expanse of natural beauty. The Fig Tree Bay in Cyprus has been ranked the 3rd best in the world’s top 50 beaches. As of 2019, Cyprus has been awarded 65 Blue Flags for its beaches reflecting their excellence in environmental education, water quality, safety services and management. (Source HERE)
Education in Cyprus is mandatory for children between the ages of six and eighteen and is overseen by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The education system is divided into pre-primary (ages 3-6), primary education (ages 6-11), secondary education (ages 11-18) and higher education (ages 18+) and generally starts in September. According to Unesco, Cyprus boasts a 98.68% literacy rate.
Temporary and permanent residents in Cyprus from the EU and Non-EU countries are entitled to free education between the age of 3 and 18 in state-run schools which are financed through national taxation. Also offering excellent private education, there are numerous options to pick from in this sector. Higher education in Cyprus also consists of public and private institutions at university and non-university level.
The National Health Insurance System (NHIS) in Cyprus provides healthcare services for free (and others for an income-based fee), to a universal system financed by contributions.
On the other hand, medical care needs in Cyprus are also met through Government General Hospitals and Private Clinics/Hospitals with first-class services and sincere attention to every patient.
The Republic of Cyprus has an estimated population of 1.21 million. It consists of six primary areas–the capital city of Nicosia, the coastal cities of Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos, Ammochostos area and the Troodos Mountains. The capital city, Nicosia, is at the centre of the island with a population of approximately 330,000.
Limassol is the second-largest city, a bustling holiday resort with a vibrant entertainment scene. It is also home to the Port of Limassol, the main seaport in Cyprus, making it a vital business hub.
Located on the southern coast of Cyprus, Larnaca houses the main international airport in Cyprus and is also one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The famed palm tree-lined promenade 'Finikoudes' attracts thousands of tourists each year, making it a noted destination.
Travel and Transport
With a modern network of roads across the country, surface travel is the most popular format in Cyprus. Getting around the island by car, taxi, bus or coach is the most convenient while the two ports of Larnaca and Limassol offer various cruises for travel around the Mediterranean.
The excellent port facilities allow hassle-free imports and exports while also facilitating cargo. Cyprus has two International airports in the cities of Larnaca and Paphos, one on either side of the island.
Cyprus has been ranked amongst the top lifestyle destinations in Europe owing to its high percentage of foreign population. Music holds a vital role in Cypriot life coupled with its inclination towards performing arts and photography. Annually, one can experience the Kypria International Festival, Thalassa International Festival and Pharos Chamber Music Festival to name a few.
Cypriot cuisine lies at the intersection of Greek, Turkish and Middle-Eastern culinary traditions. The Mediterraneans view of food as an essential social ritual is very prominent in Cyprus: slow eating, from small, shared plates called mezze is the norm. Whether it’s one’s morning coffee or a multi-course dinner, Cypriots like to take things slow and truly savour every flavour.
Presenting its visitors and residents with a shopping experience synonymous to other parts of Europe, the high street, malls and other retail districts offer brands and labels that are found both, locally and internationally. Small boutiques and district markets are also a great way to explore the fashion culture of the country.