Cyprus is Island with over 8,000 years of history. Its location as a crossroads in the North-Eeastern corner of the Mediterranean basin, shaped its history and civilization. With its developed infrastructure, low crime rate, high quality of life, low cost of living and tax incentives, it has drawn people from all over the world.
Its hospitable people, crystal waters, beautiful beaches, green valleys, spectacular mountains, as well as its’ sundreched days for most of the year, make it unique.
No wonder the Mythological Goddess of Love: Aphrodite chose it to be her home.
Climate & General Information
With dry summers and mild winters, it is perhaps the best in the Mediterranean with more than 300 warm and sunny days in the year. The swimming season starts in April, and does not end until November. It is possible to ski in the mountains and water ski in the sea all in the same day.
Cyprus International Relations
Cyprus is a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the British Commonwealth and also a member of the Non-Aligned Movement. Cyprus has been linked to the EU via an association agreement since 1972. The EU is the main trading partner of Cyprus accounting for approximately 50% of total trade, the United Kingdom being the main trading partner.
Connections & Telecommunications to the Outside World
Due to its location and up-to-date seaport and airport facilities, Cyprus has become an important shipping and air transit centre.
Flight times from Cyprus
London 4h 30 min.
Frankfurt 3h 30 min
Moscow 3h 20 min
Athens 1h 20 min.
Brussels 4h 00 min.
Vienna 3h 00 min.
Bahrain 3h 00 min.
Larnaca and Pafos International Airports operate more then 250 flights weekly from Cyprus. Limassol and Larnaca ports have made Cyprus the cruise centre for the Eastern Mediterranean.
There are public transport bus services within towns and scheduled taxi and mini bus services between towns. Private taxis and rental cars are readily available.
Telecommunications in Cyprus are of the highest standards: Cyprus ranks in the top five countries with state of the art telecommunications. Direct dialling to over 200 countries is possible. There are also telegraph, telex, facsimile, data transmission and mobile phone facilities freely available. There are six TV stations and one cable station and numerous local radio stations. Nearly 50 per cent of the TV programmes are in the English language. Satellite dishes can provide international television connections.
Standard of Living & Recreation
The standard of living compares favourably with most European countries. The relatively low cost of living allows a typical expatriate, fairly social couple, retiring in Cyprus and living in their own property to manage very comfortable with an average of Euros 20.000 per annum.
Cyprus has a low cost of living, at half to two-thirds of that of most European countries.
Recreation and nightlife
Eating out is a local habit and a way of life in Cyprus. There are a wide variety of restaurants catering for all tastes. Along with taverns, which provide local and Greek dishes, there are restaurants that offer international cuisine such as French, Chinese, Italian, Lebanese, Japanese, Russian, Mexican and others.
In the summer, tourists and regular business visitors may visit the island’s sandy beaches and enjoy sunbathing, swimming and all the major water sports. In the winter months, snow-skiing facilities are available at the Troodos mountain resorts. Horseracing takes place in Nicosia and there are a number of sporting clubs where membership is readily available. Sport clubs include tennis, bowling, archery, shooting, sailing and golf.