In 2018 according to the world happiness report, Cyprus (with the exception of the northern region of Turkey) has reached the 61st place in the world with a total score of 5, 6 out of 10.
Recently, the Republic of Cyprus has become one of the main options for many people around the world, whether for tourism, residence, and investment. Cyprus strategic location has made it an attractive place for businessmen and investors. It has a significant impact on the three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa taking the north-eastern side of the Mediterranean, only 60 km from the Turkish south, 90 km west of Syria and 300 km north of Egypt. Cyprus for the Greek island of Rhodes only 360 km!
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after the islands of Silesia and Sardinia, an area of 9,251 square kilometers, with its capital Nicosia, its largest city.
Life in Cyprus
Cyprus has a population of 1,195,688, and the inhabitants of Cyprus are known as the Cypriots. They are divided into two main communities, the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots based in Northern Cyprus. The two communities share many cultural and community characteristics, but each maintains its own identity, which distinguishes it based on race, religion, and language, as well as its close connection with the customs of the motherland. Cypriot society also distinguishes multiculturalism from the different populations of Russians, foreign residents, and illegal immigrants.
The official language of the inhabitants of Cyprus is the Greek language in the south and the Turkish language in the north! But the common language among the local population, spoken by most people, is English, given the former British rule of Cyprus as well as the focus of Cyprus on the development of the tourism sector.
The Most Important Cities in Cyprus
- Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is known in Greek as (Lefkosia), it is the only capital in the world divided by two halves in the color green, between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots! Nicosia was built by Venice in the middle Ages, making it unique in architecture, strategic location, and the attractive nature. it also offers its inhabitants one of the highest living standards in the world as well as the University of Cyprus with five other public and private universities.
- Limassol Historical, famous for the castle of Limassol, which was built centuries ago, and is home to the Museum of the Middle Ages in Cyprus, which contains many of the tombs and pots dating back to that era.
- Larnaca is famous for its palm-rich seafront, with a population of 72,000, one of the cities recommended for summer or honeymoon holidays.
Economy of Cyprus
Cyprus achieved the economic freedom index of 68.1, where the total increase in the number of points of its economic index is 0.3 points, which led to the rise of its position to the level of 44 in the world index of economic freedom, Based on several factors that contributed to this, including freedom of action, government integrity, and government spending contributed to offset the sharp decline in judicial activities.
At the level of European countries, and out of 44 countries, Cyprus has reached the 22nd place. Cyprus’ total economic freedom points are below the regional average but above the world average.
In recent years, Cyprus has been able to overcome the challenges it faced in the financial crisis, continuing to develop its economy strong and maintaining its status as one of the fastest growing economies in the Eurozone, with its strong performance and the entry of large scale new projects into operation, Cyprus is one of these small European countries that surpassed expectations globally in their ability to continuously improve efficiency and carry out reforms in addition to enhancing investor confidence.
Thus, Cyprus regained its status as a booming economy after showing remarkable improvement after the economic crisis in 2013 by implementing severity measures to restructure its economy and diversify its economic areas to emerge from the economic adjustment program ahead of schedule in 2016 and has set a distinctive footprint for its growth which exceeded all expectations between 2015 and 2017, with a focus given to the priority of maintaining the momentum of efforts for the economic growth of Cyprus.
Education in Cyprus
All public schools in Cyprus speak Greek, have strict curricula, and public schools go beyond the Greek language problems of all nationalities residing in the territory of Cyprus; they have provided Greek language classes to non-native speakers. While English is the dominant language in private schools with some other languages such as Greek, French, and German, private schools differ among themselves in quality and prices.
In Cyprus, children are required to enroll in school from the age of five. In order to be able to enrolling in universities or work in Cyprus, they must complete higher secondary education. The Cypriot education system is similar to that in Britain, The primary and secondary levels are adopted, (The completion of 6 years of study), and The pre-school stage is compulsory for one year before the child enters primary school or can be introduced at the age of three years old.
The studying stages are divided into two basic stages: the preparatory stage, compulsory and the second stage, that qualifies students to join universities or work, which is intended for the majority of students. However, students who prefer vocational training or similar courses may enroll in technical institutes instead of completing the high secondary level.
Health care system in Cyprus
Cyprus is internationally renowned for having the highest level of medical research in the health sector, and the health sector in Cyprus is continuously improving thanks to ongoing research and the development of new specialized medical services, as well as the NHS program aimed at improving the quality of services and providing them to patients at low cost .
The health sector provides 5 hospitals, one obstetrics, and gynecology hospital, 3 rural hospitals, 38 health centers and 320 health centers with mobile medical teams.
Cyprus was one of the first entrants to the European medical tourism system, due to its history in this area, where they were the first to attract Cypriots for physiotherapy.
Cyprus is renowned for having the highest level of medical research and the development of new specialized medical services, as well as the NHS program aimed at improving the quality of service and providing them to patients at low cost.
Investment in Cyprus
Cyprus is the ideal destination for those who are looking for stability, living in a luxurious and low-cost life compared to other European countries, and for those who wish to have another nationality or permanent residence in one of the EU countries. Cyprus offers the opportunity to obtain a passport or enjoy permanent residence through one of these investment programs:
- Cyprus permanent residency program, where anyone can own a property with a value starting from 300,000 Euro so that he can obtain a permanent residence permit for himself and his family and enjoy the privileges of living in Cyprus.
- Cyprus citizenship by investment program, Cyprus has amended its real estate investment options to acquire Cypriot citizenship. These amendments will be effective in May 2019, enabling the investor to choose the most suitable program for him to obtain a Cyprus passport with all privileges.