About Cyprus

Cyprus is geographically the third largest mediterranean island located at the eastern part of the Mediterranean sea. It covers an area of about 9.500 sq. km and is inhabited by almost 750.000 people, of which 80% are Greek Cypriots, 18% Turkish Cypriots and 2% other minorities.

Cyprus is located at the crossroads of the three continents Europe, Asia, and Africa and is the meeting point of great civilisations. Due to its strategic location, Cyprus was under the rule of various ancient races, the main ones being the Egyptians, Romans, Byzantines, Francs, Venetians, Turks, and British.

Although each one of these races, in its own way, left its mark on the island, the Greek character remained as the predominant and lasting influence. In 1925 Cyprus was declared a colony of the British Crown until 1960 when Cyprus gained its independence.

Following that, Cyprus became a member of the United Nations and the British Commonwealth and later on joined the Council of Europe and other international organisations. Following independence, Cyprus experienced a period of prosperity and growth unparalleled to its long history, until July 1974 when Turkey invaded the island.

The Turkish army is still on the island illegally occupying 37% of the Cyprus territory and forcing 200.000 Greek Cypriots to become refugees in their own country. A great number of Turkish settlers have been transferred to the occupied part of Cyprus.

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