Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, with an area of 9,251 km² and a population estimated around 838.897 people. The strategic location of the island has played an important role in establishing Cyprus as a very popular tourist destination and an ideal location for attracting international business. Cyprus has been a member state of the EU since 2004 offering high quality services to foreign investors.
We enjoy a high standard of living. A total of 180.000 foreign nationals live and work in Cyprus, a percentage of 22% of the country’s total population, making it a very diverse and cosmopolitan place to live in. Crime rate is very low.
Cyprus is the sunniest country in Europe with over 340 days of sun annually. It’s not all about sunshine though, high in the country’s central mountain range (Troodos) enough winter snow usually falls to allow the skiing pistes to open. According to the World Health Organization the environment in Cyprus is one of the healthiest in the world and is relatively unspoiled by industrialization.
We have a multilingual and highly educated workforce in Cyprus as we have the highest percentage of university graduates per capita in Europe. In fact, Cyprus is the second top spender in education relative to GDP in the EU and according to Eurostat is ranked top among the EU countries in terms of the proportion of the population with tertiary education qualifications, aged between 25-64.
As an EU Member, Cyprus offers excellent healthcare services in public hospitals, at cost lower than most other EU countries, as well as in private state-of-the-art clinics and hospitals.
Cyprus offers a range of reputable public and private schools, all providing excellent levels of education. Greek is primarily the language used in public schools whereas English is primarily used in the majority of private schools. The local Colleges and Universities are recognized internationally and for those wishing to further their education abroad, schools following the British Education System, or preparing candidates for entry into Universities in Europe or the United States, are also widely available.
Although the native language is Greek, English is the predominant business language.
The country’s capital and government and business centre is Nicosia, located in the centre of Cyprus. Limassol, the country’s main trade centre and one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean, is located right on the southern coast and is approximately one hour’s drive from Nicosia. Cyprus main international airport located in Larnaca is approximately 30 minutes away from each of these two main centres.