The Republic of Cyprus, or simply Cyprus, is a Eurasian country that is located in the Eastern Mediterranean, towards the southern side of Turkey. Levant is at the west side of it, while Egypt is towards the north of the country. Cyprus is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean and also the third-largest island therein. Every year, more than 2.4 million tourist are known to visit the country, to experience the magnificent beauty and the rich heritage of the place. Cyprus was formerly a British colony, but it later gained its independence from the United Kingdom, in the year 1960 and then became a Commonwealth Republic in 1961. It is a member of European Union and is quite developed. The official currency of Cyprus is Euro. Read on to know some more interesting facts about Cyprus.
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Interesting Facts About Cyprus
- Since Cyprus is a Commonwealth Republic, every four years, it sends a team of its athletes to the Commonwealth games.
- The head of the country is the President, who is elected by Universal suffrage. The President is elected for a five-year term.
- Nicosia is the capital city of Cyprus. It is divided by "The Green Line", into two parts.
- Cyprus has a total area of 9,250 sq.km and has a coastline of around 400 miles, which runs all the way round the country.
- In the whole of Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is the third largest island. In the world ranking, it stands as the 81st largest island.
- The country has a population of 788,457 people, according to the 2007 census.
- Cyprus uses Euro as its currency, which is the currency of more than 300 million people throughout the continent.
- The country is sometimes spelled as Kipros, Kypros, and other such variations.
- The national anthem of Cyprus is called 'Hymm', which is incidentally the national anthem of Greece as well.
- Aphrodite, the most famous mythical God is said to have born in the country. He is the Greek God of love and beauty.
- United Kingdom still has control over 3% of the island.
- Cyprus has abundant sunshine for almost 300 days every year.
- The weather of Cyprus is mild. It has a Mediterranean sort of climate, with an abundance of sunshine even during the winter months, with very little rainfall. During summer season, the temperatures can go as high as 40 degrees C.
- The country is a great tourist spot, with its numerous coastal beaches and the stunning mountain ranges.
- The Republic of Cyprus has six districts in total - Nicosia, Paphos, Kyrenia, Famagusta, Larnaca and Limmassol.
- Cyprus has a prosperous economy. The island gets a major share of its income from the tourism sector.
- The traditional music of the country shares many similarities with the Greek mainland and island folk music. The most common instruments used in the folk music of the country are lute, violin and the Cyprus flute called “pithkiavlin”.
- Typical dances of the land include sousta, tatsia, syrtos, zeibekikos and the karsilamas.
- Hellium cheese, popularly called halloumi, is a product of this country that was initially made during the Medieval Byzantine period. Gradually, the cheese gained popularity throughout the Middle East and slowly, it came to be widely used all over the world.