Cyprus is not a small island and has almost a population like Copenhagen. It is an ancient civilization with a turbulent history. The location is only 80 km south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt and east of Greece.
In other words, the big island is firmly located in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and fills exactly 9,251 km². There is Cyprus as a republic and there is the northern part of the island with Turkish dominance. Finally, there is an English military base still. There were only 848,300 inhabitants in 2015 in the Republic itself and just over 1,100,000 in total on the island. The country occupies much more in our consciousness historically and as a traveling country. The capital is the charming Nicosia. Both Greek, English and Turkish are spoken.
Aphrodite, the Greek love goddess is born in Cyprus, legend says. Well-preserved Roman ruins “Tomb of Kings”.
Despite joining the EU as a de facto divided island, Cyprus is entirely EU territory. In areas where the Cypriot government (Government of the Republic) does not exercise effective control, EU law is suspended. Turkish Cypriots with EU travel documents are EU citizens.
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