The Republic of Cyprus occupies the southern part of the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. The island (and capital city Nicosia) is divided with Turkey to the north. Known for beaches, it also has a rugged interior with wine regions. Coastal Paphos is famed for its archaeological sites relating to the cult of Aphrodite, including ruins of palaces, tombs and mosaic-tiled villas.
Languages: Greek (official) 80.9%, Turkish (official) 0.2%, English 4.1%, Romanian 2.9%, Russian 2.5%, Bulgarian 2.2%, Arabic 1.2%, Filipino 1.1%, other 4.3%, unspecified 0.6%
Ethnic Groups: Turks 72.5%, Kurds (Non-Zaza) 12.7%, Zaza Kurds 4.0%, Circassians 3.3%, Bosniaks 2.6%, Georgians 1.3%, Albanians 1.2%, Arabs 1.1%, Pomaks 0.8%, others0.5%
Belief Systems: Orthodox Christian 89.1%, Roman Catholic 2.9%, Protestant or Anglican 2%, Islam 1.8%, other 1.4%, unknown 1.1%,Buddhist 1%, none or Atheist 0.6%
Population: 1.15 million people (World Rank: 160th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 323 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 94th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.09 %/yr (World Rank: 119th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 79.8 years (World Rank: 41st) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 34.2 years (World Rank: 59th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Cyprus
Cartographic Division of the United Nations
Cyprus - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Cuba
Culture and Tourism:
All about Cyprus as a tourism destination
The House of Dionysos
Preserved ruins of a Roman villa dating to the 2nd, century known for colorful mosaics of Dionysos.
Kourion Archaeological Site
Archaeological remains within the Kourion Archaeological Area date to the Roman and Late Roman/Early Byzantine periods.
The Cyprus Museum is the oldest and largest archaeological museum in Cyprus.
Capital of Cyprus
Free online resource for learning Greek
Free online resource for learning Turkish
Cyprus Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger