Looking to boost your local knowledge of this spectacular country? Take a look at these 25 facts about Cyprus to see how much you already know…
- Cyprus is a sunny island nation in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Its nearest neighbours are Turkey to the north, Syria and Lebanon to the east, Israel and Egypt to the south and Greece to the west.
- Whether you’re looking to chill out on the beach or explore the wonderful sights this unique country has to offer, head for the coordinates of 35.0000° N, 33.0000° E to discover Cyprus for yourself!
- Cyprus is the most easterly island in the Mediterranean.
- The central plain is surrounded by stunning mountains to the north and south; there are also plains scattered along the southern coast.
- The total land area of Cyprus is 3,572 square miles (9,251 square kilometres)…
- …that’s almost three times the size of Cornwall.
- That makes it the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia!
- Cyprus’ population was 1,189,197 in 2015…
- …that’s a little over twice the Cornish population.
- Residents here are known as Cypriots.
- The capital is Nicosia; it covers an area of 43 square miles (111 square kilometres) and had a population of 251,000 in 2014.
- Cypriots enjoy a mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool winters – perfect!
- Interestingly, the island is divided into two divisions; the northern part of the country is ruled by Turkey, whilst the south is independent. The division even runs through the capital city, which both divisions share.
- Cyprus boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses an entire town! History lovers will be excited to learn that Paphos features ancient tombs, fortresses and palaces!
- Adrenaline junkies will be pleased that, believe it or not, Cyprus is home to Europe’s most southerly ski lifts!
- Cyprus boasts around 140 endemic species of plant!
- The official languages of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish.
- Like many European countries, the official currency here is the Euro.
- Cypriots live for an average of 79 years.
- Foodies rejoice – Cyprus is the home of halloumi! Yum! An application has been lodged with the EU to recognise the delicious cheese as a traditional Cypriot product and thus can only be called halloumi if it has been made in Cyprus!
- Cyprus grows vegetables, citrus fruits, grapes, barley and olives; they also rear poultry and cattle and produce dairy products.
- Its industry comprises tourism, food and beverage processing, ship repair and cement and gypsum production.
- The main exports consist of potatoes, pharmaceuticals, citrus fruits, clothing and cement.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Cyprus? You can make cheap calls to Cyprus with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00357.
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Cyprus, head over to the Cyprus Mail website.