Cyprus is the 3rd largest Mediterranean island – covering 9,251 square kilometres, 240 km from west to east and 96 km from north to south – with a population of approximately 700,000 with outstanding opportunities for Cyprus property sales.
Being at the cross-roads of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa – it has one of the oldest histories of the world, dating back 9000 years. Its strategic position, its wealth in forests and mineral deposits, as well as its skilled craftsmen, made it the prized possession of the powers of the day. Cultural influences came from all directions – all major regional civilizations left their mark on the island, contributing to the development of a very rich and diverse cultural heritage.
The island is served by approximately 30 major airlines, linking it to the four corners of the world through its international airports at Larnaca and Paphos.
Driving is on the left in Cyprus and distances between towns are relatively short, covered by a good network of modern roads. Cyprus telecommunications are among the best in the world – an important factor in establishing the island as an offshore business centre.
Cyprus is an independent sovereign republic with a presidential system of government. Its fully democratic, European-style system retains the respect of individual rights and encourages private initiative. Cyprus is also an associate member of the European Union.
COST OF LIVING
The relatively low cost of living in Cyprus has an added appeal for the potential buyer, offering a full, but comparatively inexpensive lifestyle. Recent statistics pointed to Cyprus properties as one of the most inexpensive in Europe. The local markets flaunt a wealth of colourful fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, and Cyprus’ modern supermarkets are fully stocked with a large range of local and imported goods.
The cost of medical treatment in government hospitals is very low. Those wishing to consult doctors privately will find a wide choice of competent doctors, specialists and surgeons practicing on the island. The minimum charge for a private consultation is approximately € 15.00.
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 life on the island, for crime is virtually unheard of, and theft is not commonplace.
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Banking practice, the range of services offered and the methods of management and control closely follow the British pattern.
There are both junior and secondary schools of a high standard catering for English, French and Italian speaking pupils. Foreigners wishing to take up employment in Cyprus are required to have a permit under the Aliens and Immigration Law.
Greek is the mother tongue of the Republic, however English is readily spoken and understood almost everywhere. Knowledge of French and German is increasing with the island’s tourist trade.
Cats and dogs are permitted to be brought into Cyprus provided a licence has been obtained in advance from the Department of Veterinary Services, Nicosia. A period of 6 months’ house guarantee may be imposed.