About Cyprus

Country name: Republic of Cyprus/Kypriaki Dimokratia/Kibris Cumhuriyeti
Climate: Mediterranean: hot and dry summers, rain between November and March
Location: Eastern Mediterranean Sea, 50 kilometers away from the Turkish coast
Area: 9.251 square kilometer, third largest Mediterranean island
Capital: Nicosia, South-Nicosia ca. 313.400 inhabitants, North-Nicosia ca. 75.000 inhabitants
Population: 838.897 inhabitants in the Republic of Cyprus, 179.547 foreigners of them
Language: Greek Cypriot part of the island: predominantly Greek Orthodox. Turkish Cypriot part of the island: predominantly Muslims
System of Government: Republic, presidential democracy
Head of Government: President Nikos Anastasiades (since February 28th, 2013)

The Republic of Cyprus is located in the middle of the crossroads of three continents, where the East meets the West. The thirst most populated island in the Mediterranean Sea, is a popular tourist destination, a dynamic business center and an extraordinary destination for education of all kinds. Since May 1st 2008, Cyprus is a member of the European Union and since January 1st 2008, member of the Eurozone. The population amount to about 1 million, among them 120.000 international residents. Each year, more than 2 million visitors from all around the world come to the island, in order to spend their holidays there or to conduct business.

The landscape and the circumstances of the country offer something for everyone: guaranteed sunshine, crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, beautiful vacation spots, mountain trails for hiking, cities that are full of culture and small idyllic villages. Beyond that, the country has a flourishing services sector and a high-class healthcare industry, which is becoming a destination for medical tourism, for locals and worldwide, more and more.

Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long and dry summers, which begin in mid-May and last until mid-October. The mild winters last from December to February, spring and fall are very short, but show their special character through the natural beauty of the landscape and traditional events.

The country itself is very European, with an extremely educated population and sophisticated infrastructure. Cyprus has a warm charm with open, communicative people and a tradition for hospitality. Most Cypriots speak English and share their culture proudly through the traditional cuisine, culture and conversations with the visitors. Cyprus offers many foreigners a high standard of living and a thriving educational sector. With the steady multiculturalism, Cyprus became a center for business cooperation and excellence for a number of professional services in the fields of higher education, finances and medicine for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.