Cyprus is a member of the European Union, United Nations, the Council of Europe, the British Commonwealth and also a member of the Non-Aligned Movement. Cyprus has been linked to the European Union since 1972 by an association agreement, and as its main trading partner, accounting for approximately 50% of the total trade, the United Kingdom being Cyprus’s main export destination.
Climate and Temperature
Cyprus enjoys the best Mediterranean climate with approximately 340 days of sunshine a year. Larnaca has the finest climate on the island with cooler summers and short mild winters. The swimming season practically starts from April and does not end until November. Cyprus has beautiful forest mountains, and it is possible to ski in the mountains and swim in the blue Mediterranean all in the same day.
The legal system in Cyprus is mainly based on the Anglo-Saxon legal system. The Land Registry Department in Cyprus is one of the most advanced and reliable systems in the world. All contracts and other clerical work is in English, which is the most widely spoken language, besides Greek, among Cypriots. Purchasers of property in Cyprus will therefore be far more secure with regard to their Title Deeds, than they might be in another country. Furthermore legal fees and costs are reasonable and much lower than in other European countries.
Standard of Living
Cyprus provides a fairly high, European level standard of living. The annual per capita income is about US 14,000. The overall cost of living averages at about 1/3 to 2/3 cheaper than most parts of Europe, Japan or the USA. A recent international poll showed Cyprus towns to have one of the lowest costs of living within a developed nation.
The banking system in Cyprus closely follows the British pattern and is well developed and organized whilst being equipped with the latest technology in modern surroundings. Non-Cypriots citizens have the privilege to open foreign currency and local deposit accounts very easily.
Many Cypriot Banks have branches throughout the world. International Banks also have branches throughout the island for the convenience of their customers, with major credit cards like Visa and American Express being widely used.
Transport and Telecommunications
Excellent communications have greatly contributed to the progress and development of the island. The two international airports in Larnaca and Pafos, as well as the sea ports at Limassol and Larnaca, connect Cyprus with the rest of the world. More than 40 airlines operate over 260 flights weekly to and from Cyprus. More than 60 charter airlines fly to Cyprus , and both airports are among the most frequented in the Eastern Mediterranean . Regarding inland communication, the short distances between cities are becoming even shorter due to the constantly improving highways and roads. There is a public transport service with regular intercity connections daily, with scheduled service taxis and comfortable coach services. Private taxis and rental cars are also readily available for hire. Cyprus ranks third in the world in having modern telecommunication facilities. CYTA (Cyprus Telecommunication Authority) has the network, which enables participants to have direct dial access to over 200 countries.
Cyprus has a very high standard of medical services. Hospitals, private clinics and medical centers are equipped with the latest facilities. The latest technology and operating techniques are standard, with heart bypass surgery and kidney transplants being routine in many of the hospitals. Many Cypriot doctors, with their different specialisations, run polyclinics, whose standards of professionalism and care, are easily comparable with other medically advanced countries of the developed world. High standards can also be judged by statistics, which show that one in every 600 Cypriots is a qualified member of the medical profession. Doctors and dentists, specialists and general practitioners, are available everywhere and their fees are reasonable compared to European standards. Low cost local and international private medical insurance is available for non-Cypriot people living in Cyprus.
The local population is Greek speaking. Cyprus was a British colony resulting in over 80% of the population speaking English. It is also useful to note that all streets signs are written in English. Knowledge of German, French, Russian and other European languages is also increasing within the island, thus increasing tourism and popularity.
In Cyprus there are kindergarten schools, Junior and Secondary Schools catering for Cypriot and foreign students, but if you want our child to attend a Government School then a comprehensible knowledge of the Cypriot language is essential. But many English private schools are available all over the island.
If you wish to bring your pet dog or a cat from a European country, then they must have had all the necessary vaccinations. Cats and dogs are permitted to be brought into Cyprus provided a license has been obtained in advance from the Department of Veterinary Services, Nicosia. A period of 6 months house quarantine may be imposed. This system may change as the system of pet tagging with a computer microchip placed in the animal's ear by a Veterinary Surgeon has started to take over. This system is enforced by the EEC as this form of animal identification is known as a "pet Passport," allowing animal owners to travel freely around Europe with their pets.
System of Government
Cyprus is an independent and sovereign republic with the elected president (5 year election cycle) as head of state. The legislation power lies with the elected House of Representatives and appointed council of ministers. The legal system is based on the British/European system with independent power exercised by the judiciary. Cyprus is a member of the U.N. the British Commonwealth, the non-aligned movement, world bank and I.M.F.
Cyprus enjoys a remarkably low crime rate, 1/6 of the European average, another reason for being popular among foreign buyers for whom security has become a key element in the property world. Visitors are invariably surprised and reassured by this relaxed aspect of the life on the island, for crime is virtually unheard of, and theft is not commonplace.
Sometimes every couple of years earthquakes happen in Cyprus. People usually don't even notice them. All the buildings in Cyprus are earthquake resistant, and planning permission is given only if the building is designed in such a way. Insurance companies will secure your property against earthquakes with very low yearly charge.
Top 10 reasons that make Cyprus unique:
- Cyprus is a member of the commonwealth and an honorary member of the European Union.
- The sun is for approximately 340 days of the year.
- You are allowed to own a duty free car.
- Ninety percent of Cypriots speak English.
- The cost of living is low.
- Cyprus is the island of "Venus" the Goddess of Beauty and Love.
- Cyprus is full of culture.
- Cyprus enjoys lovely sea and mountain areas.
- Cyprus contains some of the best antiquities of the world.
- Cyprus is one of the three countries all over the world where you can snow-ski and swim in the same day.