Cyprus, an island rich of ancient sites and beautiful beaches lies in the East Mediterranean Sea. Its 9,000 years of history and culture and prime location, lying at the crossroads of three continents, together with its natural beauty and wealth made Cyprus the attraction for many conquerors thought out the centuries.
These included the Phoenicians, Assyrians, Franks, Venetians, Ottomans, British and many others, however, Cyprus managed to retain its Greek identity. Roman theatres and villas, Byzantine churches and monasteries, castles of the Crusaders and Medieval castles, Ottoman mosques and prehistoric settlements are spread all over the island making Cyprus one of the most interesting historical destinations in the world.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia and covers an area of approximately 9,250 square kilometres and it enjoys over 340 days of sunshine a year. It is a beautiful mix of mountain peaks and sandy beaches, blending natural beauty with cosmopolitan city life.
Cyprus has two International Airports, in Larnaca and Paphos. The main Hermes International Airport in Larnaca has the capacity to serve 7.5 million passengers per year. With state of the art facilities, high-quality security screening positions, VIP rooms and many other significant advantages, your journey is as comfortable as it gets. You can travel anywhere in the world from Cyprus by choosing among over 30 airlines.
Combined with its ideal climate and excellent tax and financial benefits, it is an excellent for many business-minded individuals and companies, as well as families who are seeking for a new home and for individuals who are seeking retirement relocation in Cyprus’s safe environment.
Cyprus holds a remarkable low crime rate, offering you peace of mind for you and your family. Statistics point to a crime rate that is lower than that of most other western European countries, where children and the elderly can walk the streets at the safest environment. This is an island where you feel the closeness of family ties and educational achievement and these are major factors for the safety one seeks for everywhere.
Education in Cyprus is overseen by the Ministry of Education and Culture. It is divided into pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher education. There is also a parallel system of accredited independent schooling, public and private universities. Education in Cyprus is considered a major factor in life. In Cyprus students receive a quality education at an affordable cost.
Healthcare in Cyprus is of a high standard and is recognized by the World Health Organization. The healthcare system is trusted by locals and also by foreign nationals who visit the island for health reasons. This is because of the expert doctors practicing, but also because healthcare is generally inexpensive. Governmental hospitals are located in all major cities, as well as private clinics.
In short, Cyprus has a perfect all-year round climate and the most pleasant and mild winter in the EU. Among all countries in this part of the EU, Cyprus has the warmest winters; in the period January – February average temperature is 17–18 °C (63–64 °F) during the day and 9-10 °C (48–50 °F) at night.
It is no surprise that Cyprus is among the best choices to relocate to or make an investment in real estate in the world.
Cyprus fact file
Member of: EU, UN, British Commonwealth
Cyprus ranks highly on several credible world ranking systems:
- The Index of Economic Freedom 2011 – World rank 18 (same as the USA), regional rank 9
- Forbes Best Countries for Business – rank 22
- Knight Frank prime international residential index (PIRI) – rank 36
- Doing Business 2011 – rank 37
- Global Competitiveness Index 2010/2011 – rank 40