Cyprus is situated in the Eastern Mediterranean linking Europe with the Middle East and the Far East. The island’s strategic location, it’s excellent infrastructure, high quality of life, low cost of living and generous tax incentives attract people to the island from all over the world. Cyprus covers an area of about 9.251km², making it the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia. The 648km of coastline provide for those who love the sea plenty of choices during the swimming period from early April until the end of October. On the 1st May 2004, Cyprus became a full member of the European Union and on the 1st January 2008 became a member of the Euro zone, hence adopting as its official currency the Euro.
The capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, is the main administrative and business centre and is situated to the centre of the island. Nicosia is about 35minutes drive from Larnaca International Airport and the sea. All Foreign Embassies are also located in Nicosia. It is worth noting that a number of English speaking kindergarden, elementary, high schools and Universities are situated in Nicosia. English speaking high schools prepare children to be admitted to local English speaking Universities, to Universities in UK and US as well as to Universities in other EU member countries.
Cyprus enjoys approximately 330 days of sunshine per year which ensures that plans are never cancelled by weather conditions.
The extremely low crime rate compared to other European countries, makes Cyprus one of the safest places to live.
Cyprus has excellent public hospitals and state of-the-art private clinics and hospitals. The high standard of healthcare compares favourably with other European countries.
Cost of Living
Cyprus provides a high European level of standard of living with relatively low cost of living.
The local population speaks Greek but most of the population speaks English as well. It is also worth noting that all directions signs, street signs, shops signs etc are written in English.
Transport and Telecommunications
There are two International airports in Cyprus, one in Larnaca which is the main airport and one in Pafos which connect Cyprus with all countries of the world. Regarding inland transport there is a public transport services with regular connections between cities with scheduled taxi services and coaches. Taxis and rental cars are also available. Cyprus has excellent telecommunications which contributed to the development of the island.