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| languages_type = Minority languages| languages2_type = Vernaculars| conventional_long_name = Republic of Cyprus{{native nameΚυπριακή Δημοκρατία}}tr|Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti}}}}| image_flag = Flag of Cyprus.svg| image_coat = Coat of Arms of Cyprus- Official Depiction.svg| common_name = Cyprus| national_motto = Council of Ministers.NATIONAL ANTHEMWEBSITE=WWW.PRESIDENCY.GOV.CYARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20110813155316/HTTP://WWW.PRESIDENCY.GOV.CY/PRESIDENCY/PRESIDENCY.NSF/PRC34_EN/PRC34_EN?OPENDOCUMENTURL-STATUS=DEAD"Hymn to Liberty"}}(File:Greece national anthem.ogg|center)| image_map = EU-Cyprus.svg| map_caption = Location of Cyprus (pictured lower right), showing the Republic of Cyprus in darker green and the self-declared republic of Northern Cyprus in brighter green, with the rest of the European Union shown in faded green| capital = Nicosia  | largest_city = capitalitem_style=line-height:initial;
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Unitary state>Unitary Presidential system Republic>constitutional republicPresident of Cyprus>President| leader_name1 = Nicos AnastasiadesVice President of Cyprus>Vice PresidentThe vice presidency is reserved for a Turkish Cypriot. However the post has been vacant since the Turkish invasion in 1974.}}House of Representatives (Cyprus)#Presidents of the House of Representatives>President of the Parliament| leader_name3 = Demetris SyllourisHouse of Representatives}}from the United Kingdom}}| established_event1 = London-Zürich Agreements| established_date1 = 19 February 1959| established_event2 = Independence proclaimed| established_date2 = 16 August 1960Independence Day (Cyprus)>Independence Day| established_date3 = 1 October 19602004 enlargement of the European Union>Joined the EU| established_date4 = 1 May 2004| area_km2 = 9,251name=islandNorthern Cyprus, the United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus>UN buffer zone and Akrotiri and Dhekelia.}}| area_rank = 162nd | area_sq_mi = 3,572 | percent_water = 9Cyprus}}{{efnref}}Excluding Northern Cyprus.}}HTTP://WWW.CYSTAT.GOV.CY/MOF/CYSTAT/STATISTICS.NSF/ALL/732265957BAC953AC225798300406903?OPENDOCUMENT&SUB=2&SEL=1&E= >TITLE=STATISTICAL SERVICE – POPULATION AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS – POPULATION CENSUS – ANNOUNCEMENTS – PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE CENSUS OF POPULATION, 2011 PUBLISHER=STATISTICAL SERVICE OF THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS ACCESSDATE=29 JANUARY 2012 ARCHIVE-DATE=15 JANUARY 2013 DF=DMY-ALL, Year}}| population_estimate_rank = 158th| population_census_year = 2011name=island}}UNITED NATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS, UNITED NATIONS POPULATION DIVISION>POPULATION DIVISION TITLE=WORLD POPULATION PROSPECTS: THE 2012 REVISION, DB02: STOCK INDICATORS URL=HTTP://ESA.UN.ORG/UNPD/WPP/ASCII-DATA/DISK_NAVIGATION_ASCII.HTM ACCESS-DATE=18 JUNE 2015 ARCHIVE-DATE=7 MAY 2015 DF=DMY-ALL, | population_density_rank = 82nd| population_density_sq_mi = 319.5 WORK=WORLD ECONOMIC OUTLOOK DATABASE, OCTOBER 2018INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND>ACCESSDATE=27 APRIL 2017DATE=12 OCTOBER 2018, | GDP_PPP_year = 2019| GDP_PPP_rank = 126th| GDP_PPP_per_capita = $41,572| GDP_PPP_per_capita_rank = 35th| GDP_nominal = $24.996 billion| GDP_nominal_year = 2019| GDP_nominal_rank = 114th| GDP_nominal_per_capita = $28,888| GDP_nominal_per_capita_rank = 33rd| Gini = 30.8 | Gini_year = 2017| Gini_change = decrease PUBLISHER=EUROSTATLOCATION=LUXEMBOURGARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20160304045123/HTTP://APPSSO.EUROSTAT.EC.EUROPA.EU/NUI/SHOW.DO?DATASET=ILC_DI12URL-STATUS=LIVE, dmy-all, | Gini_rank = | HDI = 0.869 | HDI_year = 2017 | HDI_change = increase WEBSITE=HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORTSUNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME>ACCESSDATE=20 SEPTEMBER 2018DATE=14 SEPTEMBER 2018ARCHIVE-DATE=22 MARCH 2017DF=DMY-ALL, | HDI_rank = 32nd| currency = Euro| currency_code = EUREastern European Time>EET| utc_offset = +2| utc_offset_DST = +3Eastern European Summer Time>EESTRight- and left-hand traffic>leftTelephone numbers in Cyprus>{{efn>The .eu domain is also used, shared with other European Union member states.}}| footnotes = | today = }}{{Contains special characters}}Cyprus ({{IPAc-en|audio=En-us-Cyprus.ogg|ˈ|s|aɪ|p|r|É™|s|}}; {{IPA-el|ˈcipros|}}; {{IPA-tr|ˈkɯbɾɯs|}}), officially the Republic of Cyprus (, {{Literal translation|Cypriot Republic}}; , {{Literal translation|Republic of Cyprus}}), is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largestNEWS,weblink Biggest Islands In The Mediterranean Sea By Area, WorldAtlas, 2018-05-11, en,weblink 12 May 2018, live, dmy-all, and third most populousNEWS,weblink The Most Populated Islands In The Mediterranean Sea, WorldAtlas, 2018-05-11, en,weblink 12 May 2018, live, dmy-all, island in the Mediterranean, located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and Palestine, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece.The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia, and Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world.NEWS,weblink Stone Age wells found in Cyprus, BBC News, 25 June 2009, 31 July 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 5 October 2013, live, dmy-all, Cyprus was settled by Mycenaean Greeks in two waves in the 2nd millennium BC. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians and Persians, from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by Alexander the Great. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt, the Classical and Eastern Roman Empire, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty and the Venetians, was followed by over three centuries of Ottoman rule between 1571 and 1878 (de jure until 1914).WEB,weblink Treaty of Lausanne, 7 October 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 12 January 2013, live, dmy-all, Cyprus was placed under the UK's administration based on the Cyprus Convention in 1878 and was formally annexed by the UK in 1914. While Turkish Cypriots made up 18% of the population, the partition of Cyprus and creation of a Turkish state in the north became a policy of Turkish Cypriot leaders and Turkey in the 1950s. Turkish leaders for a period advocated the annexation of Cyprus to Turkey as Cyprus was considered an "extension of Anatolia" by them; while, since the 19th century,BOOK, Faustmann, Hubert, Ker-Lindsay, James, The Government and Politics of Cyprus, 2008, Peter Lang, 978-3-03911-096-4, 48,weblink BOOK, Mirbagheri, Farid, Historical Dictionary of Cyprus, 2009, Scarecrow Press, 25,weblink 9780810862982, the majority Greek Cypriot population and its Orthodox church had been pursuing union with Greece, which became a Greek national policy in the 1950s.BOOK, Trimikliniotis, Nicos, Beyond a Divided Cyprus: A State and Society in Transformation, 2012, Palgrave Macmillan, 978-1-137-10080-1, 104,weblink Following nationalist violence in the 1950s, Cyprus was granted independence in 1960.Cyprus date of independence {{webarchive|url= |date=13 June 2006 }} (click on Historical review) The crisis of 1963–64 brought further intercommunal violence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, which displaced more than 25,000 Turkish Cypriots into enclavesWEB,weblink U.S. Library of Congress – Country Studies – Cyprus – Intercommunal Violence,, 21 December 1963, 25 October 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 23 June 2011, live, dmy-all, and brought the end of Turkish Cypriot representation in the republic. On 15 July 1974, a coup d'état was staged by Greek Cypriot nationalistsBOOK, Mallinson, William, Cyprus: A Modern History, I. B. Tauris, 2005,weblink 978-1-85043-580-8, 81, NEWS,weblink website, BBC News, 4 October 2002, 25 October 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 26 July 2004, live, dmy-all, and elements of the Greek military juntaBOOK, Constantine Panos Danopoulos, Dhirendra K. Vajpeyi, Amir Bar-Or, Civil-military Relations, Nation Building, and National Identity: Comparative Perspectives,weblink 2004, Greenwood Publishing Group, 978-0-275-97923-2, 260, 20 June 2015,weblink 15 September 2015, live, dmy-all, in an attempt at enosis, the incorporation of Cyprus into Greece. This action precipitated the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on 20 July,BOOK, Eyal Benvenisti, The International Law of Occupation,weblink 23 February 2012, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-958889-3, 191, 20 June 2015,weblink 10 September 2015, live, dmy-all, which led to the capture of the present-day territory of Northern Cyprus in the following month, after a ceasefire collapsed, and the displacement of over 150,000 Greek CypriotsBarbara Rose Johnston, Susan Slyomovics. Waging War, Making Peace: Reparations and Human Rights (2009), American Anthropological Association Reparations Task Force, p. 211 {{Webarchive|url= |date=12 April 2016 }}Morelli, Vincent. Cyprus: Reunification Proving Elusive (2011), DIANE Publishing, p. 10 {{Webarchive|url= |date=13 April 2016 }} and 50,000 Turkish Cypriots.Borowiec, Andrew. Cyprus: A Troubled Island (2000), Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 125 {{Webarchive|url= |date=12 April 2016 }} A separate Turkish Cypriot state in the north was established by unilateral declaration in 1983; the move was widely condemned by the international community, with Turkey alone recognizing the new state. These events and the resulting political situation are matters of a continuing dispute.The Republic of Cyprus has de jure sovereignty over the entire island, including its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone, with the exception of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, which remain under the UK's control according to the London and Zürich Agreements. However, the Republic of Cyprus is de facto partitioned into two main parts: the area under the effective control of the Republic, located in the south and west and comprising about 59% of the island's area, and the north,WEB,weblink According to the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 550 and 541, United Nations, 27 March 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 19 March 2009, live, dmy-all, administered by the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, covering about 36% of the island's area. Another nearly 4% of the island's area is covered by the UN buffer zone. The international community considers the northern part of the island to be territory of the Republic of Cyprus occupied by Turkish forces.{{efn|See:BOOK, European Consortium for Church-State Research. Conference, Churches and Other Religious Organisations as Legal Persons: Proceedings of the 17th Meeting of the European Consortium for Church and State Research, Höör (Sweden), 17–20 November 2005,weblink 2007, Peeters Publishers, 978-90-429-1858-0, 50, There is little data concerning recognition of the 'legal status' of religions in the occupied territories, since any acts of the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' are not recognized by either the Republic of Cyprus or the international community., 20 June 2015,weblink 12 April 2016, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Quigley, The Statehood of Palestine,weblink Cambridge University Press, 978-1-139-49124-2, 164, The international community found this declaration invalid, on the ground that Turkey had occupied territory belonging to Cyprus and that the putative state was therefore an infringement on Cypriot sovereignty., 2010-09-06, 20 June 2015,weblink 6 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Nathalie Tocci, EU Accession Dynamics and Conflict Resolution: Catalysing Peace Or Consolidating Partition in Cyprus?,weblink January 2004, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-0-7546-4310-4, 56, The occupied territory included 70 percent of the island's economic potential with over 50 percent of the industrial ... In addition, since partition Turkey encouraged mainland immigration to northern Cyprus. ... The international community, excluding Turkey, condemned the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) as a., 20 June 2015,weblink 15 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Dr Anders Wivel, Robert Steinmetz, Small States in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities,weblink 28 March 2013, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 978-1-4094-9958-9, 165, To this day, it remains unrecognised by the international community, except by Turkey, 20 June 2015,weblink 22 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Peter Neville, Historical Dictionary of British Foreign Policy,weblink 22 March 2013, Scarecrow Press, 978-0-8108-7371-1, 293, ...Ecevit ordered the army to occupy the Turkish area on 20 July 1974. It became the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, but Britain, like the rest of the international community, except Turkey, refused to extend diplomatic recognition to the enclave. British efforts to secure Turkey's removal from its surrogate territory after 1974 failed., 20 June 2015,weblink 18 September 2015, live, dmy-all, }} The occupation is viewed as illegal under international law and amounting to illegal occupation of EU territory since Cyprus became a member of the European Union.BOOK, James Ker-Lindsay, Hubert Faustmann, Fiona Mullen, An Island in Europe: The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus,weblink 15 May 2011, I.B.Tauris, 978-1-84885-678-3, 15, Classified as illegal under international law, and now due to Cyprus' accession into the European Union is also an illegal occupation of EU territory., 20 June 2015,weblink 18 September 2015, live, dmy-all, Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean.BOOK, Lesley Pender, Richard Sharpley, The Management of Tourism,weblink 2005, SAGE, 978-0-7619-4022-7, 273, 20 June 2015,weblink 10 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Richard Sharpley, Tourism Development and the Environment: Beyond Sustainability?,weblink 16 May 2012, Routledge, 978-1-136-57330-9, 296, 20 June 2015,weblink 18 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Sharpley, Richard, Telfer, David John, Tourism and Development: Concepts and Issues,weblink 2002, Channel View Publications, 978-1-873150-34-4, 334, 22 July 2015,weblink 18 September 2015, live, dmy-all, With an advanced,WEB,weblink World Economic Outlook Database May 2001, International Monetary Fund, 28 June 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 26 July 2011, live, dmy-all, high-income economy and a very high Human Development Index,WEB,weblink Country and Lending Groups, World Bank, 11 May 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 18 March 2011, dmy-all, WEB, Human Development Index (HDI)–2011 Rankings,weblink United Nations Development Programme, 4 November 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 12 January 2013, live, dmy-all, the Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement until it joined the European Union on 1 May 2004.WEB,weblink The Non-Aligned Movement: Background Information, 21 September 2001, Non-Aligned Movement, 19 January 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 February 2016, dmy-all, On 1 January 2008, the Republic of Cyprus joined the eurozone.


(File:Geology of Cyprus-SkiriotissaMine.jpg|thumb|right|A copper mine in Cyprus. In antiquity, Cyprus was a major source of copper.)The earliest attested reference to Cyprus is the 15th century BC Mycenaean Greek , ku-pi-ri-jo,BOOK, Strange, John, Caphtor : Keftiu : a new investigation, 1980, Brill, Leiden, 978-90-04-06256-6, 167,weblink 20 June 2015,weblink 11 September 2015, live, dmy-all, meaning "Cypriot" (Greek: ), written in Linear B syllabic script.Palaeolexicon {{Webarchive|url= |date=3 February 2011 }}, Word study tool of ancient languagesThe classical Greek form of the name is (Kýpros).The etymology of the name is unknown.Suggestions include: Through overseas trade, the island has given its name to the Classical Latin word for copper through the phrase aes Cyprium, "metal of Cyprus", later shortened to Cuprum.R. S. P. Beekes, Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Brill, 2009, p. 805 (s.v. "Κύπρος").Fisher, Fred H. Cyprus: Our New Colony And What We Know About It. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1878, pp. 13–14.The standard demonym relating to Cyprus or its people or culture is Cypriot. The terms Cypriote and Cyprian are also used, though less frequently.The state's official name in Greek literally translates to "Cypriot Republic" in English, but this translation is not used officially; "Republic of Cyprus" is used instead.


(File:Choirokoitia.jpg|thumb|Archeologic site of Khirokitia with early remains of human habitation during Aceramic Neolithic period (reconstruction))(File:Early Greek colonization of Cyprus.jpg|thumb|Early Greek colonization of Cyprus)

Prehistoric and Ancient Cyprus

The earliest confirmed site of human activity on Cyprus is Aetokremnos, situated on the south coast, indicating that hunter-gatherers were active on the island from around 10,000 BC,Mithen, S. After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20000 BC–5000 BC. Boston: Harvard University Press 2005, p.97. weblink {{Webarchive|url= |date=10 September 2015 }} with settled village communities dating from 8200 BC. The arrival of the first humans correlates with the extinction of the dwarf hippos and dwarf elephants.BOOK, The Earliest Prehistory of Cyprus: From Colonization to Exploitation, 2001, American Schools of Oriental Research, Boston, MA,weblink Stuart Swiny, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 6 June 2016, dmy-all, Water wells discovered by archaeologists in western Cyprus are believed to be among the oldest in the world, dated at 9,000 to 10,500 years old.Remains of an 8-month-old cat were discovered buried with a human body at a separate Neolithic site in Cyprus.NEWS, Wade, Nicholas, Study Traces Cat's Ancestry to Middle East,weblink 4 October 2012, New York Times, 29 June 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 9 May 2015, live, dmy-all, The grave is estimated to be 9,500 years old (7500 BC), predating ancient Egyptian civilisation and pushing back the earliest known feline-human association significantly.NEWS, Marsha, Walton, Ancient burial looks like human and pet cat,weblink CNN, 9 April 2004, 23 November 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 22 December 2007, live, dmy-all, The remarkably well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to approximately 6800 BC.Simmons, A. H. Faunal extinction in an island society: pygmy hippopotamus hunters of Cyprus. New York: Springer 1999, p.15. weblink {{Webarchive|url= |date=12 April 2016 }}File:Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates temple 2010 2.jpg|thumb|left|upright|Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates, KourionKourionDuring the late Bronze Age the island experienced two waves of Greek settlement.Thomas, Carol G. and Conant, Craig: The Trojan War, pages 121–122. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005. {{ISBN|0-313-32526-X}}, 9780313325267. The first wave consisted of Mycenaean Greek traders who started visiting Cyprus around 1400 BC.Andreas G. Orphanides, "Late Bronze Age Socio-Economic and Political Organization, and the Hellenization of Cyprus", Athens Journal of History, volume 3, number 1, 2017, pp. 7–20BOOK,weblink Greek Pottery in the Bronze Age, A.D. Lacy, 168, Taylor & Francis, 20 June 2015,weblink 15 September 2015, live, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Library of Congress Country Studies. Cyprus,, 1 November 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 10 January 2009, live, dmy-all, A major wave of Greek settlement is believed to have taken place following the Bronze Age collapse of Mycenaean Greece from 1100 to 1050 BC, with the island's predominantly Greek character dating from this period.Thomas, Carol G. The Trojan War. Santa Barbara, CA, USA: Greenwood Publishing Group 2005. p. 64. weblink {{Webarchive|url= |date=3 December 2015 }} Cyprus occupies an important role in Greek mythology being the birthplace of Aphrodite and Adonis, and home to King Cinyras, Teucer and Pygmalion.Stass Paraskos, The Mythology of Cyprus (London: Orage Press, 2016) p.1f Literary evidence suggests an early Phoenician presence at Kition which was under Tyrian rule at the beginning of the 10th century BC.BOOK, Hadjisavvas, Sophocles, The Phoenician Period Necropolis of Kition, Volume I, 2013, Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications,weblink 1, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2016-03-04, Some Phoenician merchants who were believed to come from Tyre colonized the area and expanded the political influence of Kition. After c. 850 BC the sanctuaries [at the Kathari site] were rebuilt and reused by the Phoenicians."(File:Kition, Zeus Keraunios.jpg|thumb|Zeus Keraunios, 500-480 BC, Nicosia museum)Cyprus is at a strategic location in the Middle East.BOOK, Getzel M Cohen, The Hellenistic Settlements in Europe, the Islands and Asia Minor,weblink 1995, University of California Press, 978-0-520-91408-7, 35, 20 June 2015,weblink 11 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Charles Anthony Stewart, Domes of Heaven: The Domed Basilicas of Cyprus,weblink 2008, ProQuest, 978-0-549-75556-2, 69, 20 June 2015,weblink 15 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Michael Spilling, Jo-ann Spilling, Cyprus,weblink 2010, Marshall Cavendish, 978-0-7614-4855-6, 23, 20 June 2015,weblink 12 April 2016, live, dmy-all, It was ruled by Assyria for a century starting in 708 BC, before a brief spell under Egyptian rule and eventually Persian rule in 545 BC. The Cypriots, led by Onesilus, king of Salamis, joined their fellow Greeks in the Ionian cities during the unsuccessful Ionian Revolt in 499 BC against the Achaemenid Empire. The revolt was suppressed, but Cyprus managed to maintain a high degree of autonomy and remained inclined towards the Greek world.The island was conquered by Alexander the Great in 333 BC. Following his death and the subsequent division of his empire and wars among his successors, Cyprus became part of the Hellenistic empire of Ptolemaic Egypt. It was during this period that the island was fully Hellenized. In 58 BC Cyprus was acquired by the Roman Republic.

Middle Ages

File:Nicosia by Giacomo Franco.jpg|thumb|The Walls of NicosiaWalls of NicosiaFile:Kyrenia 01-2017 img11 Castle exterior.jpg|thumb|Kyrenia CastleKyrenia CastleWhen the Roman Empire was divided into Eastern and Western parts in 395, Cyprus became part of the East Roman, or Byzantine Empire, and would remain so until the Crusades some 800 years later. Under Byzantine rule, the Greek orientation that had been prominent since antiquity developed the strong Hellenistic-Christian character that continues to be a hallmark of the Greek Cypriot community.{{Country study |location=Washington, D.C. |publisher=Federal Research Division, Library of Congress |country=Cyprus |abbr=cy |title=Cyprus: A Country Study |url=weblink |edition=Fourth |editor-last=Solsten |editor-first=Eric |year=1993 |isbn=0-8444-0752-6 |last1=Keefe |first1=Eugene K. |last2=Solsten |first2=Eric |chapter=Historical Setting |pages=10–12}}Beginning in 649, Cyprus endured several attacks launched by raiders from the Levant, which continued for the next 300 years. Many were quick piratical raids, but others were large-scale attacks in which many Cypriots were slaughtered and great wealth carried off or destroyed.There are no Byzantine churches which survive from this period; thousands of people were killed, and many cities – such as Salamis – were destroyed and never rebuilt. Byzantine rule was restored in 965, when Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas scored decisive victories on land and sea.In 1191, during the Third Crusade, Richard I of England captured the island from Isaac Komnenos of CyprusRiddle, J.M. A History of the Middle Ages. Lanham, MD, USA: Rowman & Littlefield 2008. p. 326. weblink {{Webarchive|url= |date=15 September 2015 }} He used it as a major supply base that was relatively safe from the Saracens. A year later Richard sold the island to the Knights Templar, who, following a bloody revolt, in turn sold it to Guy of Lusignan. His brother and successor Aimery was recognised as King of Cyprus by Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor.Following the death in 1473 of James II, the last Lusignan king, the Republic of Venice assumed control of the island, while the late king's Venetian widow, Queen Catherine Cornaro, reigned as figurehead. Venice formally annexed the Kingdom of Cyprus in 1489, following the abdication of Catherine. The Venetians fortified Nicosia by building the Walls of Nicosia, and used it as an important commercial hub. Throughout Venetian rule, the Ottoman Empire frequently raided Cyprus. In 1539 the Ottomans destroyed Limassol and so fearing the worst, the Venetians also fortified Famagusta and Kyrenia.Although the Lusignan French aristocracy remained the dominant social class in Cyprus throughout the medieval period, the former assumption that Greeks were treated only as serfs on the island is no longer considered by academics to be accurate. It is now accepted that the medieval period saw increasing numbers of Greek Cypriots elevated to the upper classes, a growing Greek middle ranks,See James G. Schryver, 'Colonialism or Conviviencia in Frankish Cyprus?' in I.W. Zartman (ed.), Understanding Life in the Borderlands: Boundaries in Depth and in Motio (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2010) pp. 133–159; see also Evangelia Skoufari 'Cyprus during the 16th century: a Frankish kingdom, a Venetian colony, a multicultural society,' in Joves pensant la Mediterrània – Mar de diàleg, no. 5 dir. Enric Olivé Serret, Tarragona, Publicacions de la Universitat Rovira y Virgili, Tarragona 2008, pp. 283–295. and the Lusignan royal household even marrying Greeks. This included King John II of Cyprus who married Helena Palaiologina.Benjamin Arbel, David Jacoby, Intercultural Contacts in the Medieval Mediterranean, (London: Taylor and Francis, 1996) p.45

Cyprus under the Ottoman Empire

In 1570, a full-scale Ottoman assault with 60,000 troops brought the island under Ottoman control, despite stiff resistance by the inhabitants of Nicosia and Famagusta. Ottoman forces capturing Cyprus massacred many Greek and Armenian Christian inhabitants.WEB,weblink Eric Solsten, Cyprus: A Country Study, Washington, GPO for the Library of Congress, 1991,, 16 April 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 17 January 2013, live, dmy-all, The previous Latin elite were destroyed and the first significant demographic change since antiquity took place with the formation of a Muslim community.BOOK, Mallinson, William, Cyprus: A Modern History, I. B. Tauris, 30 June 2005,weblink 978-1-85043-580-8, 1, Soldiers who fought in the conquest settled on the island and Turkish peasants and craftsmen were brought to the island from Anatolia.{{citation |last=Orhonlu|first=Cengiz|year=2010|chapter=The Ottoman Turks Settle in Cyprus|title=The First International Congress of Cypriot Studies: Presentations of the Turkish Delegation|editor1-last=Inalcık|editor1-first=Halil|place=|page=99|publisher=Institute for the Study of Turkish Culture|isbn=}} This new community also included banished Anatolian tribes, "undesirable" persons and members of various "troublesome" Muslim sects, as well as a number of new converts on the island.{{citation |last=Jennings|first=Ronald|year=1993|title=Christians and Muslims in Ottoman Cyprus and the Mediterranean World, 1571–1640 |page=232| place = |publisher=New York University Press|isbn=978-0-8147-4181-8}}File:Cyprus by Piri Reis.jpg|thumb|Historical map of Cyprus by Piri ReisPiri ReisThe Ottomans abolished the feudal system previously in place and applied the millet system to Cyprus, under which non-Muslim peoples were governed by their own religious authorities. In a reversal from the days of Latin rule, the head of the Church of Cyprus was invested as leader of the Greek Cypriot population and acted as mediator between Christian Greek Cypriots and the Ottoman authorities. This status ensured that the Church of Cyprus was in a position to end the constant encroachments of the Roman Catholic Church.WEB,weblink$file/ChipreUnaVisionHistorica.pdf?openelement, Cyprus a Historical Overview (Chipre Una Visión Historica), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus website, William, Mallinson, PDF, Spanish, 22 September 2012,weblink" title="">weblink$file/ChipreUnaVisionHistorica.pdf?openelement, 17 October 2013, live, dmy-all, Ottoman rule of Cyprus was at times indifferent, at times oppressive, depending on the temperaments of the sultans and local officials, and the island began over 250 years of economic decline.Cyprus – OTTOMAN RULE {{Webarchive|url= |date=17 January 2013 }}, U.S. Library of CongressThe ratio of Muslims to Christians fluctuated throughout the period of Ottoman domination. In 1777–78, 47,000 Muslims constituted a majority over the island's 37,000 Christians.{{citation|last=Hatay|first=Mete|year=2007|title=Is the Turkish Cypriot population shrinking?|url=|place=|page=19|publisher=International Peace Research Institute|isbn=978-82-7288-244-9|access-date=7 May 2015|archive-url=|archive-date=2 July 2015|url-status=live|df=dmy-all}} By 1872, the population of the island had risen to 144,000, comprising 44,000 Muslims and 100,000 Christians.Osmanli Nufusu 1830–1914 by Kemal Karpat, {{ISBN|975-333-169-X}} and Die Völker des Osmanischen by Ritter zur Helle von Samo. The Muslim population included numerous crypto-Christians,BOOK, Ronald Jennings, Christians and Muslims in Ottoman Cyprus and the Mediterranean World, 1571–1640,weblink 1 August 1992, NYU Press, 978-0-8147-4318-8, 596–, 20 June 2015,weblink 12 April 2016, live, dmy-all, including the Linobambaki, a crypto-Catholic community that arose due to religious persecution of the Catholic community by the Ottoman authorities;BOOK, Captain A. R. Savile, Cyprus,weblink 1878, H.M. Stationery Office, 130, 20 June 2015,weblink 11 September 2015, live, dmy-all, this community would assimilate into the Turkish Cypriot community during British rule.BOOK, Chrysostomos Pericleous, Cyprus Referendum: A Divided Island and the Challenge of the Annan Plan,weblink 2009, I.B.Tauris, 978-0-85771-193-9, 131, 20 June 2015,weblink 11 September 2015, live, dmy-all, As soon as the Greek War of Independence broke out in 1821, several Greek Cypriots left for Greece to join the Greek forces. In response, the Ottoman governor of Cyprus arrested and executed 486 prominent Greek Cypriots, including the Archbishop of Cyprus, Kyprianos, and four other bishops.BOOK, Mirbagheri, Farid, Historical dictionary of Cyprus, 2010, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Md. [u.a.], 978-0-8108-6298-2, xxvii, 124, [Online-Ausg.].,weblink In 1828, modern Greece's first president Ioannis Kapodistrias called for union of Cyprus with Greece, and numerous minor uprisings took place.BOOK, William Mallinson, Bill Mallinson, Cyprus: a modern history, I.B.Tauris, 2005, 10, 978-1-85043-580-8, Reaction to Ottoman misrule led to uprisings by both Greek and Turkish Cypriots, although none were successful. After centuries of neglect by the Turks, the unrelenting poverty of most of the people, and the ever-present tax collectors fuelled Greek nationalism, and by the 20th century idea of enosis, or union, with newly independent Greece was firmly rooted among Greek Cypriots.Under the Ottoman rule, numeracy, school enrollment and literacy rates were all low. They persisted sometime after Ottoman rule ended and then increased rapidly during the twentieth century.BOOK, Baten, Jörg, A History of the Global Economy. From 1500 to the Present., 2016, Cambridge University Press, 51, 978-1-107-50718-0,

Cyprus under the British Empire

(File:Hosting the British flag at Nicosia.jpg|thumb|upright|Hoisting the British flag at Nicosia)In the aftermath of the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) and the Congress of Berlin, Cyprus was leased to the British Empire which de facto took over its administration in 1878 (though, in terms of sovereignty, Cyprus remained a de jure Ottoman territory until 5 November 1914, together with Egypt and Sudan) in exchange for guarantees that Britain would use the island as a base to protect the Ottoman Empire against possible Russian aggression.File:Cypriot demonstration 1930.jpg|thumb|Greek Cypriot demonstrations for Enosis (union with GreeceGreeceThe island would serve Britain as a key military base for its colonial routes. By 1906, when the Famagusta harbour was completed, Cyprus was a strategic naval outpost overlooking the Suez Canal, the crucial main route to India which was then Britain's most important overseas possession. Following the outbreak of the First World War and the decision of the Ottoman Empire to join the war on the side of the Central Powers, on 5 November 1914 the British Empire formally annexed Cyprus and declared the Ottoman Khedivate of Egypt and Sudan a Sultanate and British protectorate.In 1915, Britain offered Cyprus to Greece, ruled by King Constantine I of Greece, on condition that Greece join the war on the side of the British. The offer was declined. In 1923, under the Treaty of Lausanne, the nascent Turkish republic relinquished any claim to Cyprus,JOURNAL, Xypolia, Ilia, 'Cypriot Muslims among Ottomans, Turks and British, Bogazici Journal, 2011, 25, 2, 109–120, dmy-all, 10.21773/boun.25.2.6, and in 1925 it was declared a British crown colony. Many Greek and Turkish Cypriots fought in the British Army during both world wars.BOOK, Ertl, Alan W., Toward an Understanding of Europe: A Political Economic Précis of Continental Integration, Universal-Publishers, 2008,weblink 418, 978-1-59942-983-0, {{failed verification|date=January 2015}} During the Second World War, many enlisted in the Cyprus Regiment.The Greek Cypriot population, meanwhile, had become hopeful that the British administration would lead to enosis. The idea of enosis was historically part of the Megali Idea, a greater political ambition of a Greek state encompassing the territories with Greek inhabitants in the former Ottoman Empire, including Cyprus and Asia Minor with a capital in Constantinople, and was actively pursued by the Cypriot Orthodox Church, which had its members educated in Greece. These religious officials, together with Greek military officers and professionals, some of whom still pursued the Megali Idea, would later found the guerrilla organisation Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston or National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters (EOKA).BOOK, Ker-Lindsay, James, The Cyprus Problem: What Everyone Needs to Know, 2011, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-975716-9, 14–5,weblink They hoped that the transfer of administration would pave the way for the island to be united with Greece—an aspiration known as "enosis." At the time, these calls for enosis were not just limited to Cyprus. Instead, Cyprus was part of a wider political movement [...] This overarching political ambition was known as the Megali Idea (Great Idea)., BOOK, Lange, Matthew, Educations in Ethnic Violence: Identity, Educational Bubbles, and Resource Mobilization, 2011, Cambridge University Press, 978-1-139-50544-4, 88,weblink The Greek Cypriots viewed the island as historically Greek and believed that union with Greece was a natural right. In the 1950s, the pursuit of enosis became a part of the Greek national policy.BOOK, Huth, Paul, Standing Your Ground: Territorial Disputes and International Conflict, 2009, University of Michigan Press, 978-0-472-02204-5, 206,weblink From early 1950s onward Greece has favored union with Cyprus through a policy of enosis, (File:Street riot in Nicosia 1956.jpg|thumb|Βritish soldier taking aim at Greek Cypriot demonstrators in Nicosia, 1956)Initially, the Turkish Cypriots favoured the continuation of the British rule.BOOK, Papadakis, Yiannis, Peristianis, Nicos, Welz, Gisela, Divided Cyprus: Modernity, History, and an Island in Conflict, 18 July 2006, Indiana University Press, 978-0-253-11191-3, 2,weblink However, they were alarmed by the Greek Cypriot calls for enosis as they saw the union of Crete with Greece, which led to the exodus of Cretan Turks, as a precedent to be avoided,BOOK, Isachenko, Daria, The Making of Informal States: Statebuilding in Northern Cyprus and Transdniestria, 2012, Palgrave Macmillan, 978-0-230-39207-6, 37,weblink BOOK, Pericleous, Chrysostomos, Cyprus Referendum: A Divided Island and the Challenge of the Annan Plan, 2009, I.B.Tauris, 978-0-85771-193-9, 135–6,weblink and they took a pro-partition stance in response to the militant activity of EOKA.BOOK, Mirbagheri, Farid, Historical Dictionary of Cyprus, 2009, Scarecrow Press, 978-0-8108-6298-2, xiv, Greek Cypriots engaged in a military campaign for enosis, union with Greece. Turkish Cypriots, in response, expressed their desire for taksim, partition of the island., The Turkish Cypriots also viewed themselves as a distinct ethnic group of the island and believed in their having a separate right to self-determination from Greek Cypriots.BOOK, Diez, Thomas, The European Union and the Cyprus Conflict: Modern Conflict, Postmodern Union, 2002, Manchester University Press, 978-0-7190-6079-3, 83,weblink Meanwhile, in the 1950s, Turkish leader Menderes considered Cyprus an "extension of Anatolia", rejected the partition of Cyprus along ethnic lines and favoured the annexation of the whole island to Turkey. Nationalistic slogans centred on the idea that "Cyprus is Turkish" and the ruling party declared Cyprus to be a part of the Turkish homeland that was vital to its security. Upon realising the fact that the Turkish Cypriot population was only 20% of the islanders made annexation unfeasible, the national policy was changed to favour partition. The slogan "Partition or Death" was frequently used in Turkish Cypriot and Turkish protests starting in the late 1950s and continuing throughout the 1960s. Although after the Zürich and London conferences Turkey seemed to accept the existence of the Cypriot state and to distance itself from its policy of favouring the partition of the island, the goal of the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders remained that of creating an independent Turkish state in the northern part of the island.BOOK, Behlul (Behlul) Ozkan (Ozkan), From the Abode of Islam to the Turkish Vatan: The Making of a National Homeland in Turkey,weblink 26 June 2012, Yale University Press, 978-0-300-18351-1, 199, In line with the nationalist rhetoric that "Cyprus is Turkish", Menderes predicated his declaration upon the geographic proximity between Cyprus and Anatolia, thereby defining "Cyprus as an extension of Anatolia". It was striking that Menderes rejected partitioning the island into two ethnic states, a position that would define Turkey's foreign policy regarding Cyprus after 1957, 20 June 2015,weblink 15 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, G. Bellingeri, T. Kappler, Cipro oggi,weblink 2005, Casa editrice il Ponte, 978-88-89465-07-3, 27–29, The educational and political mobilisation between 1948–1958, aiming at raising Turkish national consciousness, resulted in the involving Turkey as motherland in the Cyprus Question. From then on, Turkey, would work hand in hand with the Turkish Cypriot leadership and the British government to oppose the Greek Cypriot demand for Enosis and realise the partition of Cyprus, which meanwhile became the national policy., 20 June 2015,weblink 11 September 2015, live, dmy-all, In January 1950, the Church of Cyprus organised a referendum under the supervision of clerics and with no Turkish Cypriot participation,BOOK, Grob-Fitzgibbon, Benjamin, Imperial Endgame: Britain's Dirty Wars and the End of Empire, 2011, Palgrave Macmillan, 978-0-230-30038-5, 285, where 96% of the participating Greek Cypriots voted in favour of enosis,BOOK, Dale C. Tatum, Who Influenced Whom?: Lessons from the Cold War,weblink 21 August 2013, 1 January 2002, University Press of America, 978-0-7618-2444-2, 43,weblink" title="">weblink 12 October 2013, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Kourvetaris, George A., Studies on modern Greek society and politics, East European Monographs, 1999,weblink 347, 978-0-88033-432-7, BOOK, Hoffmeister, Frank, Legal aspects of the Cyprus problem: Annan Plan and EU accession, EMartinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2006,weblink 9, 978-90-04-15223-6, The Greeks were 80.2% of the total island' s population at the time (census 1946). Restricted autonomy under a constitution was proposed by the British administration but eventually rejected. In 1955 the EOKA organisation was founded, seeking union with Greece through armed struggle. At the same time the Turkish Resistance Organisation (TMT), calling for Taksim, or partition, was established by the Turkish Cypriots as a counterweight.WEB,weblink Politics, Social Memory, and Identity in Greek Cyprus since 1974, Caesar V. Mavratsas,, 13 October 2007, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 5 June 2008, British officials also tolerated the creation of the Turkish underground organisation T.M.T. The Secretary of State for the Colonies in a letter dated 15 July 1958 had advised the Governor of Cyprus not to act against T.M.T despite its illegal actions so as not to harm British relations with the Turkish government.

Independence and inter-communal violence

File:Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F012976-0007, Bonn, Staatsbesuch Präsident von Zypern.jpg|thumb|The first president of Cyprus, Makarios IIIMakarios III(File:Ethnographic distribution in Cyprus 1960.jpg|thumb|Ethnic map of Cyprus according to the 1960 census.)On 16 August 1960, Cyprus attained independence after the Zürich and London Agreement between the United Kingdom, Greece and Turkey. Cyprus had a total population of 573,566; of whom 442,138 (77.1%) were Greeks, 104,320 (18.2%) Turks, and 27,108 (4.7%) others.Eric Solsten, ed. Cyprus: A Country Study {{Webarchive|url= |date=11 May 2011 }}, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 1991. The UK retained the two Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, while government posts and public offices were allocated by ethnic quotas, giving the minority Turkish Cypriots a permanent veto, 30% in parliament and administration, and granting the three mother-states guarantor rights.However, the division of power as foreseen by the constitution soon resulted in legal impasses and discontent on both sides, and nationalist militants started training again, with the military support of Greece and Turkey respectively. The Greek Cypriot leadership believed that the rights given to Turkish Cypriots under the 1960 constitution were too extensive and designed the Akritas plan, which was aimed at reforming the constitution in favour of Greek Cypriots, persuading the international community about the correctness of the changes and violently subjugating Turkish Cypriots in a few days should they not accept the plan.Eric Solsten, ed. Cyprus: A Country Study {{Webarchive|url= |date=12 October 2011 }}, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 1991. Tensions were heightened when Cypriot President Archbishop Makarios III called for constitutional changes, which were rejected by TurkeyBOOK, Hoffmeister, Frank, Legal aspects of the Cyprus problem: Annan Plan and EU accession, EMartinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2006,weblink 17–20, 978-90-04-15223-6, and opposed by Turkish Cypriots.Intercommunal violence erupted on 21 December 1963, when two Turkish Cypriots were killed at an incident involving the Greek Cypriot police. The violence resulted in the death of 364 Turkish and 174 Greek Cypriots,Oberling, Pierre. The road to Bellapais (1982), Social Science Monographs, p.120: "According to official records, 364 Turkish Cypriots and 174 Greek Cypriots were killed during the 1963–1964 crisis." destruction of 109 Turkish Cypriot or mixed villages and displacement of 25,000–30,000 Turkish Cypriots. The crisis resulted in the end of the Turkish Cypriot involvement in the administration and their claiming that it had lost its legitimacy; the nature of this event is still controversial. In some areas, Greek Cypriots prevented Turkish Cypriots from travelling and entering government buildings, while some Turkish Cypriots willingly withdrew due to the calls of the Turkish Cypriot administration.BOOK, Ker-Lindsay, James, The Cyprus Problem: What Everyone Needs to Know, 2011, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-975716-9, 35–6,weblink Turkish Cypriots started living in enclaves; the republic's structure was changed, unilaterally, by Makarios and Nicosia was divided by the Green Line, with the deployment of UNFICYP troops.In 1964, Turkey threatened to invade CyprusNEWS,weblink BBC News, 24 April 2004, 25 October 2009, 1964: Guns fall silent in Cyprus,weblink" title="">weblink 17 December 2008, live, dmy-all, in response to the continuing Cypriot intercommunal violence, but this was stopped by a strongly worded telegram from the US President Lyndon B. Johnson on 5 June, warning that the US would not stand beside Turkey in case of a consequential Soviet invasion of Turkish territory.BOOK, Johnson's 1964 letter to Inonu and Greek lobbying of the White House, Jacob M. Landau, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, 1979, Meanwhile, by 1964, enosis was a Greek policy that could not be abandoned; Makarios and the Greek prime minister Georgios Papandreou agreed that enosis should be the ultimate aim and King Constantine wished Cyprus "a speedy union with the mother country". Greece dispatched 10,000 troops to Cyprus to counter a possible Turkish invasion.BOOK, Mirbagheri, Farid, Cyprus and International Peacemaking 1964–1986, 2014, Routledge, 978-1-136-67752-6, 28,weblink

1974 coup, Turkish invasion, and division

File:Famagusta-Varosha 2007.JPG|thumb|Varosha (Maraş), a suburb of Famagusta, was abandoned when its inhabitants fled in 1974 and remains under Turkish military control]]On 15 July 1974, the Greek military junta under Dimitrios Ioannides carried out a coup d'état in Cyprus, to unite the island with Greece.JOURNAL, Papadakis, Yiannis, Nation, narrative and commemoration: political ritual in divided Cyprus, History and Anthropology, 2003, 14, 3, 253–270, 10.1080/0275720032000136642, [...] culminating in the 1974 coup aimed at the annexation of Cyprus to Greece, BOOK, Atkin, Nicholas, Biddiss, Michael, Tallett, Frank, The Wiley-Blackwell Dictionary of Modern European History Since 1789, 978-1-4443-9072-8, 184,weblink 2011-05-23, BOOK, Journal of international law and practice, Volume 5, 1996, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, 204, The coup ousted president Makarios III and replaced him with pro-enosis nationalist Nikos Sampson.JOURNAL, CYPRUS: Big Troubles over a Small Island, 29 July 1974, TIME,weblink 13 November 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 21 December 2011, live, dmy-all, In response to the coup,{{efn|See:BOOK, Ronen, Yaël, Transition from Illegal Regimes under International Law, 2011, Cambridge University Press, 978-1-139-49617-9, 62,weblink Tensions escalated again in July 1974, following a coup d'état by Greek Cypriots favouring a union of Cyprus with Greece. In response to the coup, Turkey invaded Cyprus., BOOK, Bryant, Rebecca, Papadakis, Yiannis, Cyprus and the Politics of Memory: History, Community and Conflict, 2012, I.B.Tauris, 978-1-78076-107-7, 5,weblink In response to the coup, Turkey launched a military offensive in Cyprus that divided the island along the Green Line, which now splits the entire island., BOOK, Diez, Thomas, The European Union and the Cyprus Conflict: Modern Conflict, Postmodern Union, 2002, Manchester University Press, 978-0-7190-6079-3, 105,weblink Turkey did, however, act unilaterally in 1974, in response to a military coup in Cyprus instigated by the military junta ruling then in Greece with the apparent objective of annexing the island., BOOK, Ker-Lindsay, James, Faustmann, Hubert, Mullen, Fiona, An Island in Europe: The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus, 2011, I.B.Tauris, 3,weblink Divided since 1974, when Turkish forces invaded in response to a Greek led coup, many observers felt that taking in the island would either be far too risky or far too problematic., 9781848856783, BOOK, Mirbagheri, Faruk, Historical Dictionary of Cyprus, 2009, Scarecrow Press, 978-0-8108-6298-2, 43,weblink On 20 July 1974, in response to the coup and justifying its action under the Treaty of Guarantee, Turkey landed forces in Kyrenia., }} five days later, on 20 July 1974, the Turkish army invaded the island, citing a right to intervene to restore the constitutional order from the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee. This justification has been rejected by the United Nations and the international community.BOOK, Gray, Christine, International Law and the Use of Force, 2008, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-102162-6, 94,weblink The Turkish air force began bombing Greek positions in Cyprus, and hundreds of paratroopers were dropped in the area between Nicosia and Kyrenia, where well-armed Turkish Cypriot enclaves had been long-established; while off the Kyrenia coast, Turkish troop ships landed 6,000 men as well as tanks, trucks and armoured vehicles.BOOK, Taki Theodoracopulos, The Greek Upheaval: Kings, Demagogues, and Bayonets,weblink 1 January 1978, Caratzas Bros., 978-0-89241-080-4, 66, 20 June 2015,weblink 11 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Eric Solsten, Library of Congress. Federal Research Division, Cyprus, a country study,weblink 1993, Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 978-0-8444-0752-4, 219, 20 June 2015,weblink 5 September 2015, live, dmy-all, Three days later, when a ceasefire had been agreed,BOOK, Brendan O'Malley, Ian Craig, The Cyprus Conspiracy: America, Espionage and the Turkish Invasion,weblink 25 June 2001, I.B.Tauris, 978-0-85773-016-9, 195–197, 11 October 2015,weblink 12 April 2016, live, dmy-all, Turkey had landed 30,000 troops on the island and captured Kyrenia, the corridor linking Kyrenia to Nicosia, and the Turkish Cypriot quarter of Nicosia itself. The junta in Athens, and then the Sampson regime in Cyprus fell from power. In Nicosia, Glafkos Clerides assumed the presidency and constitutional order was restored, removing the pretext for the Turkish invasion. But after the peace negotiations in Geneva, the Turkish government reinforced their Kyrenia bridgehead and started a second invasion on 14 August.BOOK, Sumantra Bose, Contested Lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus, and Sri Lanka,weblink 30 June 2009, Harvard University Press, 978-0-674-02856-2, 86, 11 October 2015,weblink 12 April 2016, live, dmy-all, The invasion resulted in the seizure of Morphou, Karpass, Famagusta and the Mesaoria.International pressure led to a ceasefire, and by then 36% of the island had been taken over by the Turks and 180,000 Greek Cypriots had been evicted from their homes in the north.U.S. Congressional Record, V. 147, Pt. 3, 8 March 2001 to 26 March 2001 weblink {{Webarchive|url= |date=10 September 2015 }} At the same time, around 50,000 Turkish Cypriots were displaced to the north and settled in the properties of the displaced Greek Cypriots. Among a variety of sanctions against Turkey, in mid-1975 the US Congress imposed an arms embargo on Turkey for using US-supplied equipment during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.BOOK, Turkey and the United States: The Arms Embargo Period, Praeger Publishers (5 August 1986), 978-0275921415, 1986, There were 1,534 Greek CypriotsJOURNAL,weblink Over 100 missing identified so far, Cyprus Mail, 13 October 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 27 September 2007, dead, dmy, and 502 Turkish CypriotsJOURNAL,weblink Missing cause to get cash injection, Cyprus Mail, 13 October 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 30 September 2007, dead, dmy, missing as a result of the fighting.


(File:Cy-map.png|thumb|upright=1.6|A map showing the division of Cyprus)After the restoration of constitutional order and the return of Archbishop Makarios III to Cyprus in December 1974, Turkish troops remained, occupying the northeastern portion of the island. In 1983, the Turkish Cypriot leader proclaimed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which is recognised only by Turkey.The events of the summer of 1974 dominate the politics on the island, as well as Greco-Turkish relations. Around 150,000 settlers from Turkey are believed to be living in the north—many of whom were forced from Turkey by the Turkish government—in violation of the Geneva Convention and various UN resolutions.BOOK,weblink Documents (working papers) 1993, Council of Europe, Council of Europe, 978-92-871-2262-9, 1997, 1993, BOOK,weblink Who shall govern Cyprus – Brussels or Nicosia?, Evandia Publishing UK Limited, Chrysafi, A. C., 112, 978-1-904578-00-0, 2003, (File:EU Foreign Ministers Gymnich Meeting in Cyprus. 7.-8. September 2012 (7954502290).jpg|thumb|Foreign Ministers of the European Union countries in Limassol during Cyprus Presidency of the EU in 2012)The Turkish invasion, the ensuing occupation and the declaration of independence by the TRNC have been condemned by United Nations resolutions, which are reaffirmed by the Security Council every year.WEB,weblink Full list UN Resolutions on Cyprus,, 29 January 2012,weblink" title="">weblink 30 September 2012, live, dmy-all, The last major effort to settle the Cyprus dispute was the Annan Plan in 2004, drafted by the then Secretary General, Kofi Annan. The plan was put to a referendum in both Northern Cyprus and the Cypriot Republic. 65% of Turkish Cypriots voted in support of the plan and 74% Greek Cypriots voted against the plan, claiming that it disproportionately favoured the Turkish side.BOOK, Palley, Claire, An International Relations Debacle: The UN Secretary-general's Mission of Good Offices in Cyprus 1999–2004, Hart Publishing, 18 May 2005, 224, 978-1-84113-578-6, In total, 66.7% of the voters rejected the Annan Plan V.On 1 May 2004 Cyprus joined the European Union, together with nine other countries.Stephanos Constantinides & Joseph Joseph, 'Cyprus and the European Union: Beyond Accession', Études helléniques/Hellenic Studies 11 (2), Autumn 2003 Cyprus was accepted into the EU as a whole, although the EU legislation is suspended in Northern Cyprus until a final settlement of the Cyprus problem. In July 2006, the island served as a haven for people fleeing Lebanon, due to the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah (also called "The July War").NEWS, Xinhua, About 11,500 people flee Lebanon to Cyprus,weblink People's Daily Online, 21 July 2006, 11 January 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 30 April 2008, live, dmy-all, Efforts have been made to enhance freedom of movement between the two sides. In April 2003, Northern Cyprus unilaterally eased border restrictions, permitting Cypriots to cross between the two sides for the first time in 30 years.NEWS, live, Emotion as Cyprus border opens,weblink 3 May 2016, BBC News, 23 April 2003,weblink" title="">weblink 4 March 2016, In March 2008, a wall that had stood for decades at the boundary between the Republic of Cyprus and the UN buffer zone was demolished.NEWS,weblink Greek Cypriots dismantle barrier, BBC News, 7 March 2008, 9 March 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 7 March 2008, live, dmy-all, The wall had cut across Ledra Street in the heart of Nicosia and was seen as a strong symbol of the island's 32-year division. On 3 April 2008, Ledra Street was reopened in the presence of Greek and Turkish Cypriot officials.Ledra Street crossing opens in Cyprus {{Webarchive|url= |date=15 June 2008 }}. Associated Press article published on International Herald Tribune Website, 3 April 2008 North and South relaunched reunification talks on 15 May 2015.NEWS, Hadjicostis, Menelaos, 11 May 2015, UN envoy says Cyprus reunification talks to resume May 15,weblink Associated Press, 24 May 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 24 May 2015, live, dmy-all, The European Union issued a warning in February 2019 that Cyprus, an EU member, was selling EU Passports to Russian oligarchs, saying it would allow organized crime syndicates to infiltrate the EU.NEWS,weblink Cyprus 'golden passports' bring Russians into the EU, Al Jazeera, 4 February 2019,weblink 4 February 2019, live, dmy-all,


(File:Avakas Gorge (Cyprus).jpg|thumb|Avakas Gorge in Akamas)Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia (both in terms of area and population). It is also the world's 80th largest by area and world's 51st largest by population. It measures {{convert|240|km|mi|0}} long from end to end and {{convert|100|km|mi|0}} wide at its widest point, with Turkey {{convert|75|km|mi|0}} to the north. It lies between latitudes 34° and 36° N, and longitudes 32° and 35° E.Other neighbouring territories include Syria and Lebanon to the east ({{convert|105|and|108|km|mi|0}}, respectively), Israel {{convert|200|km|mi|0}} to the southeast, Egypt {{convert|380|km|mi|0}} to the south, and Greece to the northwest: {{convert|280|km|mi|0}} to the small Dodecanesian island of Kastellorizo (Megisti), {{convert|400|km|mi|0}} to Rhodes and {{convert|800|km|mi|0}} to the Greek mainland. Sources alternatively place Cyprus in Europe,WEB,weblink Travel – National Geographic,, 19 July 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 17 August 2016, live, dmy-all, NEWS,weblink BBC News – Cyprus country profile, 2011-12-23, 1 November 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 28 July 2011, live, dmy-all, WEB, Europe map / Map of Europe – Facts, Geography, History of Europe –,weblink 20 May 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 16 May 2015, live, dmy-all, or Western Asia and the Middle East.WEB, United Nations Statistics Division- Standard Country and Area Codes Classifications (M49),weblink United, United Nations Statistics Division, UNSD, 20 May 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 17 April 2010, live, dmy-all, WEB,weblink The World Factbook, 15 May 2007,weblink 12 June 2007, live, dmy-all, The physical relief of the island is dominated by two mountain ranges, the Troodos Mountains and the smaller Kyrenia Range, and the central plain they encompass, the Mesaoria. The Mesaoria plain is drained by the Pedieos River, the longest on the island. The Troodos Mountains cover most of the southern and western portions of the island and account for roughly half its area. The highest point on Cyprus is Mount Olympus at {{convert|1952|m|abbr=on}}, located in the centre of the Troodos range. The narrow Kyrenia Range, extending along the northern coastline, occupies substantially less area, and elevations are lower, reaching a maximum of {{convert|1024|m|abbr=on}}. The island lies within the Anatolian Plate.BOOK, Erdik, Mustafa, Strong Ground Motion Seismology, 2013, 469, File:Petra tou romiou beach.jpg|thumb|Petra tou RomiouPetra tou RomiouGeopolitically, the island is subdivided into four main segments. The Republic of Cyprus occupies the southern two-thirds of the island (59.74%). The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus occupies the northern third (34.85%), and the United Nations-controlled Green Line provides a buffer zone that separates the two and covers 2.67% of the island. Lastly, two bases under British sovereignty are located on the island: Akrotiri and Dhekelia, covering the remaining 2.74%.


File:Chionistra winter 1.JPG|thumb|The Troodos MountainsTroodos MountainsCyprus has a subtropical climate – Mediterranean and semi-arid type (in the north-eastern part of the island) – Köppen climate classifications Csa and BSh,JOURNAL, Peel, M. C., Finlayson B. L., McMahon, T. A., yes, 2007, Updated world map of the Köppen – Geiger climate classification, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 5, 1633–1644, 10.5194/hess-11-1633-2007, 1027-5606, dmy-all, (direct: Final Revised Paper {{Webarchive|url= |date=3 February 2012 }})CIA Factbook {{Webarchive|url= |date=5 December 2010 }} – Geographic location with very mild winters (on the coast) and warm to hot summers. Snow is possible only in the Troodos Mountains in the central part of island. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.Cyprus has one of the warmest climates in the Mediterranean part of the European Union.{{Citation needed|date=January 2012}} The average annual temperature on the coast is around {{convert|24|°C|°F|abbr=on}} during the day and {{convert|14|°C|°F|abbr=on}} at night. Generally, summers last about eight months, beginning in April with average temperatures of {{convert|21|-|23|C|F}} during the day and {{convert|11|-|13|C|F}} at night, and ending in November with average temperatures of {{convert|22|-|23|C|F}} during the day and {{convert|12|–|14|C|F}} at night, although in the remaining four months temperatures sometimes exceed {{convert|20|°C|0|abbr=on}}.WEB,weblink Meteorological Service – Climatological and Meteorological Reports, 25 November 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 21 June 2010, live, dmy-all, Among all cities in the Mediterranean part of the European Union, Limassol has one of the warmest winters, in the period January – February average temperature is {{convert|17|-|18|C|F}} during the day and {{convert|7|-|8|C|F}} at night, in other coastal locations in Cyprus is generally {{convert|16|-|17|C|F}} during the day and {{convert|6|-|8|C|F}} at night. During March, Limassol has average temperatures of {{convert|19|-|20|C|F}} during the day and {{convert|9|-|11|C|F}} at night, in other coastal locations in Cyprus is generally {{convert|17|-|19|C|F}} during the day and {{convert|8|-|10|C|F}} at night.The middle of summer is hot – in July and August on the coast the average temperature is usually around {{convert|33|°C|°F|abbr=on}} during the day and around {{convert|22|°C|°F|abbr=on}} at night (inland, in the highlands average temperature exceeds {{convert|35|°C|°F|abbr=on}}) while in the June and September on the coast the average temperature is usually around {{convert|30|°C|°F|abbr=on}} during the day and around {{convert|20|°C|°F|abbr=on}} at night in Limassol, while is usually around {{convert|28|°C|°F|abbr=on}} during the day and around {{convert|18|°C|°F|abbr=on}} at night in Paphos. Large fluctuations in temperature are rare. Inland temperatures are more extreme, with colder winters and hotter summers compared with the coast of the island.Average annual temperature of sea is {{convert|21|-|22|C|F}}, from {{convert|17|°C|°F|abbr=on}} in February to {{convert|27|-|28|C|F}} in August (depending on the location). In total 7 months – from May to November – the average sea temperature exceeds {{convert|20|°C|°F|abbr=on}}.WEB,weblink Cyprus Climate Guide, 5 June 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 1 December 2009, live, dmy-all, Sunshine hours on the coast are around 3,200 per year, from an average of 5–6 hours of sunshine per day in December to an average of 12–13 hours in July. This is about double that of cities in the northern half of Europe; for comparison, London receives about 1,540 per year.WEB,weblink Met Office: Climate averages 1981–2010, Met Office, 28 February 2016,weblink" title="">weblink 5 April 2016, live, dmy-all, In December, London receives about 50 hours of sunshine while coastal locations in Cyprus about 180 hours (almost as much as in May in London).

Water supply

File:Kouris Dam - overflow day 8 April 2012.jpg|thumb|Kouris DamKouris DamCyprus suffers from a chronic shortage of water. The country relies heavily on rain to provide household water, but in the past 30 years average yearly precipitation has decreased.WEB, Department of Meteorology, The Climate of Cyprus,weblink 8 August 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 14 June 2015, Statistical analysis of rainfall in Cyprus reveals a decreasing trend of rainfall amounts in the last 30-year[s]., Between 2001 and 2004, exceptionally heavy annual rainfall pushed water reserves up, with supply exceeding demand, allowing total storage in the island's reservoirs to rise to an all-time high by the start of 2005.However, since then demand has increased annually – a result of local population growth, foreigners moving to Cyprus and the number of visiting tourists – while supply has fallen as a result of more frequent droughts.Dams remain the principal source of water both for domestic and agricultural use; Cyprus has a total of 107 dams (plus one currently under construction) and reservoirs, with a total water storage capacity of about {{convert|330000000|m3|-9|abbr=on}}.Dams of Cyprus {{Webarchive|url= |date=14 October 2017 }} Water Development Department, Republic of Cyprus. Water desalination plants are gradually being constructed to deal with recent years of prolonged drought.The Government has invested heavily in the creation of water desalination plants which have supplied almost 50 per cent of domestic water since 2001. Efforts have also been made to raise public awareness of the situation and to encourage domestic water users to take more responsibility for the conservation of this increasingly scarce commodity.Turkey has built a water pipeline under the Mediterranean Sea from Anamur on its southern coast to the northern coast of Cyprus, to supply Northern Cyprus with potable and irrigation water (see Northern Cyprus Water Supply Project).


File:Parlanet cyprus.jpg|thumb|left|Presidential Palace, NicosiaPresidential Palace, NicosiaCyprus is a presidential republic. The head of state and of the government is elected by a process of universal suffrage for a five-year term. Executive power is exercised by the government with legislative power vested in the House of Representatives whilst the Judiciary is independent of both the executive and the legislature.The 1960 Constitution provided for a presidential system of government with independent executive, legislative and judicial branches as well as a complex system of checks and balances including a weighted power-sharing ratio designed to protect the interests of the Turkish Cypriots. The executive was led by a Greek Cypriot president and a Turkish Cypriot vice-president elected by their respective communities for five-year terms and each possessing a right of veto over certain types of legislation and executive decisions. Legislative power rested on the House of Representatives who were also elected on the basis of separate voters' rolls.Since 1965, following clashes between the two communities, the Turkish Cypriot seats in the House remain vacant. In 1974 Cyprus was divided de facto when the Turkish army occupied the northern third of the island. The Turkish Cypriots subsequently declared independence in 1983 as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus but were recognised only by Turkey. In 1985 the TRNC adopted a constitution and held its first elections. The United Nations recognises the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over the entire island of Cyprus.File:Nicos Anastasiades at EPP HQ.jpg|thumb|upright=0.75|Nicos AnastasiadesNicos AnastasiadesThe House of Representatives currently has 59 members elected for a five-year term, 56 members by proportional representation and 3 observer members representing the Armenian, Latin and Maronite minorities. 24 seats are allocated to the Turkish community but remain vacant since 1964. The political environment is dominated by the communist AKEL, the liberal conservative Democratic Rally, the centristWEB, DotNetNuke,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 11 June 2007, Ιδεολογική Διακήρυξη του Δημοκρατικού Κόμματος,, 6 January 2009, dead, dmy, Democratic Party, the social-democratic EDEK and the centrist EURO.KO.In 2008, Dimitris Christofias became the country's first Communist head of state. Due to his involvement in the 2012–13 Cypriot financial crisis, Christofias did not run for re-election in 2013. The Presidential election in 2013 resulted in Democratic Rally candidate Nicos Anastasiades winning 57.48% of the vote. As a result, Anastasiades was sworn in on and has been President since 28 February 2013. Anastasiades was re-elected with 56% of the vote in the 2018 presidential election.WEB,weblink Νικητής των εκλογών στην Κύπρο με 56% ο Νίκος Αναστασιάδης, Αίθουσα, Σύνταξης, 2018-02-04, 5 February 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 5 February 2018, live, dmy-all,

Administrative divisions

The Republic of Cyprus is divided into six districts: Nicosia, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos.WEB,weblink EUROPA – The EU at a glance – Maps – Cyprus, Europa (web portal), 27 March 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 18 April 2009, dmy-all, {{centre|{{image label begin|image=Cyprus districts not named.svg|width=550}}{{Image label|x=0.34|y=0.34|scale=600|text=Nicosia}}{{Image label|x=0.26|y=0.48|scale=600|text=Limassol}}{{Image label|x=0.47|y=0.44|scale=600|text=Larnaca}}{{Image label|x=0.08|y=0.42|scale=600|text=Paphos}}{{Image label|x=0.585|y=0.27|scale=600|text=Famagusta}}{{Image label|x=0.37|y=0.215|scale=600|text=Kyrenia}}{{image label end}}}}

Exclaves and enclaves

File:Dhekelia Power Station.jpg|thumb|Dhekelia Power StationDhekelia Power StationCyprus has four exclaves, all in territory that belongs to the British Sovereign Base Area of Dhekelia. The first two are the villages of Ormidhia and Xylotymvou. The third is the Dhekelia Power Station, which is divided by a British road into two parts. The northern part is the EAC refugee settlement. The southern part, even though located by the sea, is also an exclave because it has no territorial waters of its own, those being U.K. waters.WEB,weblink Dhekelia,, 30 January 2012, 28 June 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 24 April 2013, live, dmy-all, The UN buffer zone runs up against Dhekelia and picks up again from its east side off Ayios Nikolaos and is connected to the rest of Dhekelia by a thin land corridor. In that sense the buffer zone turns the Paralimni area on the southeast corner of the island into a de facto, though not de jure, exclave.

Foreign relations

The Republic of Cyprus is a member of the following international groups: Australia Group, CN, CE, CFSP, EBRD, EIB, EU, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ITUC, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ITU, MIGA, NAM, NSG, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO.{{CIA World Factbook|inline=yes||accessdate=5 May 2019}}WEB,weblink CIA – The World Factbook – Cyprus,, 30 April 2019, WEB,weblink European Commission – Enlargement: Archives Country Profiles, Europa (web portal), 6 January 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 4 February 2009, dmy-all,

Law, justice and human rights

{{POV section|date=June 2015}}(File:Supreme Court of Justice old square Nicosia Republic of Cyprus Cyprus 2.jpg|thumb|Supreme Court of Justice)File:Antiphonitis (7).JPG|thumb|A view from the interior of AntiphonitisAntiphonitisThe Cyprus Police (Greek: , ) is the only National Police Service of the Republic of Cyprus and is under the Ministry of Justice and Public Order since 1993.Cyprus Government Web PortalWEB, Defence – Security – Police,weblink 11 October 2012, In "Freedom in the World 2011", Freedom House rated Cyprus as "free".Freedom in the World 2011 Report > Cyprus {{Webarchive|url= |date=7 March 2013 }}. Retrieved 28 June 2013. Also, page 29. In January 2011, the Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the question of Human Rights in Cyprus noted that the ongoing division of Cyprus continues to affect human rights throughout the island "... including freedom of movement, human rights pertaining to the question of missing persons, discrimination, the right to life, freedom of religion, and economic, social and cultural rights."WEB,weblink Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the question of human rights in Cyprus: 16th Session, Human Rights Council, United Nations, 7 January 2011,, 14 February 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 31 July 2013, live, dmy-all, The constant focus on the division of the island can sometimes mask other human rights issues.{{citation needed|date=June 2015}}In 2014, Turkey was ordered by the European Court of Human Rights to pay well over $100m in compensation to Cyprus for the invasion;NEWS, Borger, Julian, 12 May 2014, European court orders Turkey to pay damages for Cyprus invasion,weblink The Guardian, 8 April 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 14 April 2015, live, dmy-all, Ankara announced that it would ignore the judgment.NEWS, Karadeniz, Tulay, Tokasabay, Ece, 13 May 2014, Turkey to ignore court order to pay compensation to Cyprus,weblink Reuters, 7 April 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 24 September 2015, live, dmy-all, In 2014, a group of Cypriot refugees and a European parliamentarian, later joined by the Cypriot government, filed a complaint to the International Court of Justice, accusing Turkey of violating the Geneva Conventions by directly or indirectly transferring its civilian population into occupied territory.{{citation needed|date=September 2018}} Over the preceding ten years, civilian transfer by Turkey had "reached new heights", in the words of one US ambassador.{{efn|see demographics}}JOURNAL, Yilmaz, Isilay, TURKISH CYPRIOT CENSUS DEBATE FOCUSES ON NATIVES VERSUS "SETTLERS",weblink Wikileaks, US Department of State, 11 June 2015, 18 May 2007,weblink 13 June 2015, live, dmy-all, Other violations of the Geneva and the Hague Conventions—both ratified by Turkey—amount to what archaeologist Sophocles Hadjisavvas called "the organized destruction of Greek and Christian heritage in the north". These violations include looting of cultural treasures, deliberate destruction of churches, neglect of works of art, and altering the names of important historical sites, which was condemned by the International Council on Monuments and Sites. Hadjisavvas has asserted that these actions are motivated by a Turkish policy of erasing the Greek presence in Northern Cyprus within a framework of ethnic cleansing, as well as by greed and profit-seeking on the part of the individuals involved.JOURNAL, Hadjisavvas, S., 2015, Perishing Heritage: The Case of the Occupied Part of Cyprus, 10.5325/jeasmedarcherstu.3.2.0128, Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology & Heritage Studies, 3, 2, 128–140, 10.5325/jeasmedarcherstu.3.2.0128, {{open access}} Quote on p. 129: "the deliberate destruction of [Greek] heritage as an instrument toward the obliteration of an identity of a people in the framework of ethnic cleansing."

Armed forces

File:Dmitry Medvedev in Cyprus 7 October 2010-2.jpeg|thumb|Welcoming ceremony by soldiers of the Cypriot National GuardCypriot National GuardThe Cypriot National Guard is the main military institution of the Republic of Cyprus. It is a combined arms force, with land, air and naval elements. Historically all men were required to spend 24 months serving in the National Guard after their 17th birthday, but in 2016 this period of compulsory service was reduced to 14 months.WEB,weblink Cyprus Drastically Reduces Mandatory Army Service to 14 Months -, Kerry, Kolasa-Sikiaridi, 21 July 2017,weblink" title="">weblink 13 July 2017, live, dmy-all, Annually, approximately 10,000 persons are trained in recruit centres. Depending on their awarded specialty the conscript recruits are then transferred to specialty training camps or to operational units.While until 2016 the armed forces were mainly conscript based, since then a large Professional Enlisted institution has been adopted (ΣΥΟΠ), which combined with the reduction of conscript service produces an approximate 3:1 ratio between conscript and professional enlisted.


File:Cyprus central bank Nicosia Republic of Cyprus.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|Central Bank of CyprusCentral Bank of CyprusIn the early 21st century the Cypriot economy has diversified and become prosperous. However, in 2012 it became affected by the Eurozone financial and banking crisis. In June 2012, the Cypriot government announced it would need €{{Nowrap|1.8 billion}} in foreign aid to support the Cyprus Popular Bank, and this was followed by Fitch downgrading Cyprus's credit rating to junk status.NEWS,weblink Cyprus's credit rating cut to junk status by Fitch, 25 June 2012, BBC News, BBC News Online, 25 June 2012,weblink" title="">weblink 28 June 2012, live, dmy-all, Fitch said Cyprus would need an additional €{{Nowrap|4 billion}} to support its banks and the downgrade was mainly due to the exposure of Bank of Cyprus, Cyprus Popular Bank and Hellenic Bank, Cyprus's three largest banks, to the Greek financial crisis.File:BlueEurozone.svg|thumb|Cyprus is part of a monetary union, the eurozone (dark blue) and of the EU single market.]]The 2012–2013 Cypriot financial crisis led to an agreement with the Eurogroup in March 2013 to split the country's second largest bank, the Cyprus Popular Bank (also known as Laiki Bank), into a "bad" bank which would be wound down over time and a "good" bank which would be absorbed by the Bank of Cyprus. In return for a €10 billion bailout from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, often referred to as the "troika", the Cypriot government was required to impose a significant haircut on uninsured deposits, a large proportion of which were held by wealthy Russians who used Cyprus as a tax haven. Insured deposits of €100,000 or less were not affected.WEB, Eurogroup Statement on Cyprus,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 11 October 2017, Eurogroup, 30 March 2013, 25 March 2013, dmy-all, NEWS, Jan Strupczewski, Annika Breidthardt, Last-minute Cyprus deal to close bank, force losses, Reuters, 25 March 2013,weblink 25 March 2013,weblink 25 March 2013, live, dmy-all, NEWS, Eurogroup signs off on bailout agreement reached by Cyprus and troika, Ekathimerini, Greece, 25 March 2013,weblink 25 March 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 26 March 2013, live, dmy-all, (File:Limassol New General Hospital 03.JPG|thumb|upright=0.9|Limassol General Hospital)According to the 2017 International Monetary Fund estimates, its per capita GDP (adjusted for purchasing power) at $36,442 is below the average of the European Union.Cyprus, World Economic Outlook Database, April 2017 {{Webarchive|url= |date=14 October 2017 }}, International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 3 October 2017.European Union, World Economic Outlook Database, April 2017 {{Webarchive|url= |date=4 October 2017 }}, International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 3 October 2017. Cyprus has been sought as a base for several offshore businesses for its low tax rates. Tourism, financial services and shipping are significant parts of the economy. Economic policy of the Cyprus government has focused on meeting the criteria for admission to the European Union. The Cypriot government adopted the euro as the national currency on 1 January 2008.WEB,weblink Cyprus Economy, 4 May 2007, Republic of Cyprus,,weblink" title="">weblink 23 June 2012, Cyprus is last EU member fully isolated from energy interconnections and it is expected that will be connected to European network via EuroAsia Interconnector, 2000 MW HVDC undersea power cable.WEB,weblink The EuroAsia Interconnector, 20 February 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 16 February 2018, live, dmy-all, EuroAsia Interconnector will connect Greek, Cypriot, and Israeli power grids. It is a leading Project of Common Interest of the European Union and also priority Electricity Highway Interconnector Project.WEB,weblink EU Projects by country, 20 February 2018,weblink 17 January 2018, live, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Funding for Projects of Common Interest – Energy – European Commission, Energy, 2017-04-05, 20 February 2018,weblink 27 January 2018, live, dmy-all, In recent years significant quantities of offshore natural gas have been discovered in the area known as Aphrodite (at the exploratory drilling block 12) in Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ),NEWS, Gilson, George, Something sizzling in Cyprus: gas shakes regional chessboard,weblink Athens News, 23 January 2011, 7 September 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 28 January 2012, dmy-all, about {{convert|175|km|0|abbr=off}} south of Limassol at 33°5'40″N and 32°59'0″E.NEWS, Ali, Jaber, Lebanese Cabinet discusses offshore energy policies,weblink Middle East Confidential, 15 July 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 18 January 2012, 7 September 2011, However, Turkey's offshore drilling companies have accessed both natural gas and oil resources since 2013.WEB,weblink Turkey may drill for oil and gas in Cyprus: Minister – ENERGY, 1 February 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 2 February 2014, live, dmy-all, Cyprus demarcated its maritime border with Egypt in 2003, with Lebanon in 2007,WEB, Cyprus – Exclusive Economic Zone – Turkey's provocative behaviour,weblink Republic of Cyprus, 10 August 2011, 7 September 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 11 January 2012, live, dmy-all, and with Israel in 2010.NEWS, 'Don't attempt to test Turkey's past',weblink Hürriyet Daily News, 6 September 2011, Istanbul, 7 September 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 8 September 2011, live, dmy-all, In August 2011, the US-based firm Noble Energy entered into a production-sharing agreement with the Cypriot government regarding the block's commercial development.NEWS, Ament, Carol, Full speed ahead for Cyprus drilling,weblink 7 September 2011, Famagusta Gazette, 19 August 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 26 March 2012, dead, dmy-all, Turkey, which does not recognise the border agreements of Cyprus with its neighbours,NEWS, Noble Energy: Good chance of large gas find off Cyprus,weblink New Europe (newspaper), New Europe, 20 February 2011, 7 September 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 30 March 2012, dead, dmy-all, threatened to mobilise its naval forces if Cyprus proceeded with plans to begin drilling at Block 12.NEWS, Ankara threatens naval action over Cyprus' Block 12 drill,weblink PanARMENIAN.Net, 6 September 2011, 7 September 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 6 April 2012, live, dmy-all, Cyprus' drilling efforts have the support of the US, EU, and UN, and on 19 September 2011 drilling in Block 12 began without any incidents being reported.NEWS, Turkey's Miscalculation Over Cypriot Drilling,weblink Stratfor News, 20 September 2011, 12 June 2015, dead,weblink 14 June 2015, dmy-all, Because of the heavy influx of tourists and foreign investors, the property rental market in Cyprus has grown in recent years.{{when|date=June 2015}}WEB,weblink Growth in tourism has stimulated the property market in Cyprus, 15 December 2008, 10 November 2008,, Property Abroad, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 18 December 2008, dmy-all, In late 2013, the Cyprus Town Planning Department announced a series of incentives to stimulate the property market and increase the number of property developments in the country's town centres.WEB,weblink New Incentives for Town Centres in Cyprus, 7 March 2014,, Cyprus real Estate, 11 October 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 4 March 2016, live, dmy-all, This followed earlier measures to quickly give immigration permits to third country nationals investing in Cyprus property.WEB,weblink Immigration Permits for Investors in Cyprus, 7 March 2014,, Cyprus real Estate, 16 April 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 4 March 2016, live, dmy-all,


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = | width1 = 227| alt1 = | caption1 = | image2 = Cranes Limassol Harbour 20110703.jpg| width2 = 200| alt2 = | caption2 = | footer = The port of Limassol, the busiest in Cyprus}}File:A1 Motorway Cyprus.JPG|thumb|upright=0.9|A1 Motorway between Agios Athanasios junction and Mesa Ghetonia junction in LimassolLimassolAvailable modes of transport are by road, sea and air. Of the {{convert|10663|km|mi|abbr=on}} of roads in the Republic of Cyprus in 1998, {{convert|6249|km|mi|abbr=on}} were paved, and {{convert|4414|km|mi|abbr=on}} were unpaved. In 1996 the Turkish-occupied area had a similar ratio of paved to unpaved, with approximately {{convert|1370|km|mi|abbr=on}} of paved road and {{convert|980|km|mi|abbr=on}} unpaved.{{citation needed|date=June 2015}} Cyprus is one of only four EU nations in which vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road, a remnant of British colonisation (the others being Ireland, Malta and the United Kingdom). A series of motorways runs along the coast from Paphos east to Ayia Napa, with two motorways running inland to Nicosia, one from Limassol and one from Larnaca.Per capita private car ownership is the 29th-highest in the world.WEB,weblink World Bank Data: Motor vehicles (per 1,000 people), The World Bank, 27 August 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 9 February 2014, dmy, There were approximately 344,000 privately owned vehicles, and a total of 517,000 registered motor vehicles in the Republic of Cyprus in 2006.WEB,weblink Public Works Department official statistics,, 24 March 2006, 25 October 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 26 March 2012, In 2006, plans were announced to improve and expand bus services and other public transport throughout Cyprus, with the financial backing of the European Union Development Bank. In 2010 the new bus network was implemented.WEB,weblink Cyprus By Bus, 16 February 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 18 February 2011, live, dmy-all, Cyprus has several heliports and two international airports: Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport. A third airport, Ercan International Airport, operates in the Turkish Cypriot administered area with direct flights only to Turkey (Turkish Cypriot ports are closed to international traffic apart from Turkey). Nicosia International Airport has been closed since 1974.The main harbours of the island are Limassol and Larnaca, which service cargo, passenger and cruise ships.


Cyta, the state-owned telecommunications company, manages most telecommunications and Internet connections on the island. However, following deregulation of the sector, a few private telecommunications companies emerged, including MTN, Cablenet, OTEnet Telecom, Omega Telecom and PrimeTel. In the Turkish-controlled area of Cyprus, three different companies are present: Turkcell, KKTC Telsim and Turk Telekom.


(File:Cyprus-demography.png|thumb|left|Population growth, 1961–2003 (numbers for the entire island, excluding Turkish settlers residing in Northern Cyprus).)(File:Cypruspop-2010.svg|thumb|left|2010 population by age and gender)According to the CIA World Factbook, in 2001 Greek Cypriots comprised 77%, Turkish Cypriots 18%, and others 5% of the Cypriot population.WEB,weblink The World Factbook – Ethnic Groups, Central Intelligence Agency, 22 June 2013,weblink 25 June 2014, live, dmy-all, At the time of the 2011 government census, there were 10,520 people of Russian origin living in Cyprus.BOOK, Boyle, Kevin, Sheen, Juliet, 1997, Freedom of Religion and Belief: A World Report,weblink registration, Routledge, 288, 978-0-415-15978-4, BOOK, Salih, Halil Ibrahim, 2004, Cyprus: Ethnic Political Counterpoints, University Press of America, 121, 978-0-415-15978-4, BOOK, Karoulla-Vrikki, Dimitra, 2009, Greek in Cyprus: Identity Oscillations and Language Planning, Standard languages and language standards: Greek, past and present, Georgakopoulou, Alexandra, Silk, M.S., Ashgate Publishing, 188, 978-0-7546-6437-6, BOOK, Hadjipavlou, Maria, 2002, Cyprus: A Partnership Between Conflict Resolution and Peace Education, Peace Education: The Concept, Principles, and Practices Around the World, Salomon, Gavriel, Nevo, Baruch, Routledge, 195, 978-0-8058-4193-0, According to the first population census after the declaration of independence, carried out in December 1960 and covering the entire island, Cyprus had a total population of 573,566, of whom 442,138 (77.1%) were Greeks, 104,320 (18.2%) Turkish, and 27,108 (4.7%) others.Hatay, Mete "Is the Turkish Cypriot Population Shrinking?", International Peace Research Institute, 2007. Pages 22–23.Due to the inter-communal ethnic tensions between 1963 and 1974, an island-wide census was regarded as impossible. Nevertheless, the Cypriot government conducted one in 1973, without the Turkish Cypriot populace.BOOK, St John-Jones, L.W., 1983, The Population of Cyprus: Demographic Trends and Socio-Economic Influences, London, Maurice Temple Smith Ltd, 17, 978-0-85117-232-3, According to this census, the Greek Cypriot population was 482,000. One year later, in 1974, the Cypriot government's Department of Statistics and Research estimated the total population of Cyprus at 641,000; of whom 506,000 (78.9%) were Greeks, and 118,000 (18.4%) Turkish.WEB, Cyprus Ministry of Interior, 1992, The Demographic Structure of Cyprus,weblink$file/cuco%20report.pdf?OpenElement, Parliamentary Assembly, 6, 22 January 2011,weblink" title="">weblink$file/cuco%20report.pdf?OpenElement, 7 January 2011, live, dmy-all, After the partition of the island in 1974, the government of Cyprus conducted four more censuses: in 1976, 1982, 1992 and 2001; these excluded the Turkish population which was resident in the northern part of the island.According to the Republic of Cyprus's latest estimate, in 2005, the number of Cypriot citizens currently living in the Republic of Cyprus is around 871,036. In addition to this, the Republic of Cyprus is home to 110,200 foreign permanent residents{{citation |author=Republic of Cyprus Statistical Service|year=2006 |title= Demographic Report 2005 |url= |location=Nicosia |publisher=Republic of Cyprus Statistical Service|page=12}}. and an estimated 10,000–30,000 undocumented illegal immigrants currently living in the south of the island.WEB, Nicos, Trimikliniotis, Demetriou, Corina, 2007, Active Civic Participation of Immigrants in Cyprus,weblink POLITIS, 8, 22 January 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 11 May 2011, live, dmy-all, {| class="infobox" style="float:right;"Largest groups of foreign residents! Nationality || Population (2011)Greece}} 29,321United Kingdom}} 24,046Romania}} 23,706Bulgaria}} 18,536Philippines}} 9,413Russia}} 8,164Sri Lanka}} 7,269Vietnam}} 7,028Syria}} 3,054India}} 2,933According to the 2006 census carried out by Northern Cyprus, there were 256,644 (de jure) people living in Northern Cyprus. 178,031 were citizens of Northern Cyprus, of whom 147,405 were born in Cyprus (112,534 from the north; 32,538 from the south; 371 did not indicate what part of Cyprus they were from); 27,333 born in Turkey; 2,482 born in the UK and 913 born in Bulgaria. Of the 147,405 citizens born in Cyprus, 120,031 say both parents were born in Cyprus; 16,824 say both parents born in Turkey; 10,361 have one parent born in Turkey and one parent born in Cyprus.WEB,weblink Census.XLS, 25 October 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 16 January 2013, dmy, In 2010, the International Crisis Group estimated that the total population of Cyprus was 1.1 million,WEB, International Crisis Group, 2010, CYPRUS: BRIDGING THE PROPERTY DIVIDE,weblink International Crisis Group, 1, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 3 November 2011, dmy, of which there was an estimated 300,000 residents in the north, perhaps half of whom were either born in Turkey or are children of such settlers.WEB, International Crisis Group, 2010, CYPRUS: BRIDGING THE PROPERTY DIVIDE,weblink International Crisis Group, 2, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 3 November 2011, dmy, The villages of Rizokarpaso (only one in the north), Potamia (Nicosia district) and Pyla (Larnaca District) are the only settlements remaining with a mixed Greek and Turkish Cypriot population.WEB,weblink, 2019-01-25, Cyprus Population 2019,weblink" title="">weblink 23 February 2019, live, dmy-all, Y-Dna haplogroups are found at the following frequencies in Cyprus: J (43.07% including 6.20% J1), E1b1b (20.00%), R1 (12.30% including 9.2% R1b), F (9.20%), I (7.70%), K (4.60%), A (3.10%).(n=65), CAPELLI > FIRST1 = C. FIRST2 = N. FIRST3 = V. FIRST4 = F. FIRST5 = G. FIRST6 = V. FIRST7 = A. FIRST8 = A. E. FIRST9 = V. L. FIRST10 = P. I. FIRST11 = Z. FIRST12 = A. FIRST13 = P. FIRST14 = L. FIRST15 = A. FIRST16 = M. FIRST17 = M. G. FIRST18 = D. B., Population Structure in the Mediterranean Basin: A Y Chromosome Perspective, 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2005.00224.x, Annals of Human Genetics, 70, 2, 207–225, 2006, 16626331, 2108/37090, J, K, F and E1b1b haplogroups consist of lineages with differential distribution within Middle East, North Africa and Europe while R1 and I are typical in West European populations.Outside Cyprus there is a significant and thriving Greek Cypriot diaspora and Turkish Cypriot diaspora in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the United States, Greece and Turkey.{{Largest cities of Cyprus}}

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{{bar boxReligion in Cyprus (Pew Research Center>Pew Research)Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project: Cyprus {{Webarchiveweblink >date=17 July 2014 }}. Pew Research Center. 2010.HTTPS://WWW.CIA.GOV/LIBRARY/PUBLICATIONS/THE-WORLD-FACTBOOK/GEOS/CY.HTML >TITLE=CYPRUS THE WORLD FACTBOOK >PUBLISHER=CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20070612050540/HTTPS://WWW.CIA.GOV/LIBRARY/PUBLICATIONS/THE-WORLD-FACTBOOK/GEOS/CY.HTML URL-STATUS=LIVE, dmy-all, |titlebar=#ddd|left1=religion|right1=percent|float=right|bars={{bar percent|Eastern Orthodoxy|purple|78}}{{bar percent|Islam|green|20}}{{bar percent|Other|grey|1}}{{bar percent|None|black|1}}}}{{multiple image| align =right| image1 = Kykko Monastery 2.jpg| width1 = 180| alt1 = | caption1 = | image2 = Larnaca 01-2017 img30 Salt Lake.jpg| width2 = 180| alt2 = | caption2 = | footer = Kykkos Monastery in Pedoulas (left) and Hala Sultan Tekke near Larnaca Salt Lake (right).}}The majority of Greek Cypriots identify as Greek Orthodox,WEB,weblink About Cyprus – Towns and Population, Government Web Portal – Areas of Interest, Government of Cyprus,weblink" title="">weblink 25 February 2012, 9 February 2010, WEB,weblink A Country Study: Cyprus, Solsten, Eric, January 1991, Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 9 February 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 5 September 2011, live, dmy-all, whereas most Turkish Cypriots are adherents of Sunni Islam. According to Eurobarometer 2005,WEB,weblink Social values, Science and Technology, 25 October 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 24 May 2006, dmy, Cyprus was the second most religious state in the European Union at that time, after Malta (although in 2005 Romania wasn't in the European Union; currently Romania is the most religious state in the EU) (see Religion in the European Union). The first President of Cyprus, Makarios III, was an archbishop. The current leader of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus is Archbishop Chrysostomos II.Hala Sultan Tekke, situated near the Larnaca Salt Lake is an object of pilgrimage for both Muslims"Hala Sultan Tekke: Where East meets West" {{webarchive|url= |date=17 January 2013 }}, UNDP-ACT in Cyprus newsletter, Spring 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2013. and Christians.Papalexandrou, Nassos, "Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus: An Elusive Landscape of Sacredness in a Liminal Context {{Webarchive|url= |date=23 August 2013 }}", Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Volume 26, Number 2, October 2008, pp. 251–281According to the 2001 census carried out in the Government-controlled area,Statistical Service of Cyprus: Population and Social Statistics, Main Results of the 2001 Census. Retrieved 29 February 2009.{{webarchive |url= |date=21 August 2010 }} 94.8% of the population were Eastern Orthodox, 0.9% Armenians and Maronites, 1.5% Roman Catholics, 1.0% Church of England, and 0.6% Muslims. There is also a Jewish community on Cyprus. The remaining 1.3% adhered to other religious denominations or did not state their religion.


File:Armenian Alphabet.jpg|thumb|left|The Armenian Alphabet at the Melkonian Educational Institute. Armenian is recognised as a minority language in Cyprus.]]Cyprus has two official languages, Greek and Turkish.BOOK,weblink$file/CY_Constitution.pdf, The Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus, President of the Republic of Cyprus, Article 3, 2, 18 November 2013,weblink" title="">weblink$file/CY_Constitution.pdf, 3 December 2013, dead, dmy-all, Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic are recognised as minority languages.WEB,weblink Implementation of the Charter in Cyprus, Database for the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Public Foundation for European Comparative Minority Research, 20 May 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 7 February 2014, dmy-all, WEB,weblink EUROPA – Education and Training – Regional and minority languages – Euromosaïc study, Europa (web portal), 27 October 2006, 3 April 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 4 July 2010, Although without official status, English is widely spoken and it features widely on road signs, public notices, and in advertisements, etc.BOOK, Ammon, Ulrich, Dittmar, Norbert, Mattheier, Klaus J., Trudgill, Peter, Greece and Cyprus, 1881–1889, Sociolinguistics: an international handbook of the science of language and society / Soziolinguistik: ein internationales Handbuch zur Wissenschaft von Sprache und Gesellschaft, 2006, 2nd, Handbooks of linguistics and communication science / Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, 3, Berlin, Walter de Gruyter,weblink English was the sole official language during British colonial rule and the lingua franca until 1960, and continued to be used (de facto) in courts of law until 1989 and in legislation until 1996.BOOK, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, Euromosaic III: Presence of regional and minority language groups in the new member states, 2006, Office for official publications of the European communities, Brussels, 978-92-79-01291-4, 19–23,weblink 8 August 2015, 80.4% of Cypriots are proficient in the English language as a second language.JOURNAL, Mejer, Lene, Boateng, Sadi q Kwesi, Turchetti, Paolo, Population and social conditions, Statistics in Focus, 49/2010, 2010, eurostat,weblink 13 December 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 17 February 2016, live, dmy-all, Russian is widely spoken among the country's minorities, residents and citizens of post-Soviet countries, and Pontic Greeks. Russian, after English and Greek, is the third language used on many signs of shops and restaurants, particularly in Limassol and Paphos. In addition to these languages, 12% speak French and 5% speak German.Europeans and their Languages {{Webarchive|url= |date=14 April 2016 }}, Eurobarometer, European Commission, 2006.The everyday spoken language of Greek Cypriots is Cypriot Greek and that of Turkish Cypriots is Cypriot Turkish. These vernaculars both differ from their standard registers significantly.


File:Izgled-Faneromeni shool and the Mausoleum of the Martyrs of 9 July 1821, Nicosia-2.jpg|thumb|Faneromeni SchoolFaneromeni SchoolCyprus has a highly developed system of primary and secondary education offering both public and private education. The high quality of instruction can be attributed in part to the fact that nearly 7% of the GDP is spent on education which makes Cyprus one of the top three spenders of education in the EU along with Denmark and Sweden.UNICEF, Division of Policy and Practice, Statistics and Monitoring Section {{Webarchive|url= |date=10 May 2011 }}, May 2008.State schools are generally seen as equivalent in quality of education to private-sector institutions. However, the value of a state high-school diploma is limited by the fact that the grades obtained account for only around 25% of the final grade for each topic, with the remaining 75% assigned by the teacher during the semester, in a minimally transparent way. Cypriot universities (like universities in Greece) ignore high school grades almost entirely for admissions purposes. While a high-school diploma is mandatory for university attendance, admissions are decided almost exclusively on the basis of scores at centrally administered university entrance examinations that all university candidates are required to take.The majority of Cypriots receive their higher education at Greek, British, Turkish, other European and North American universities. It is noteworthy that Cyprus currently{{when|date=May 2019}} has the highest percentage of citizens of working age who have higher-level education in the EU at 30% which is ahead of Finland's 29.5%. In addition, 47% of its population aged 25–34 have tertiary education, which is the highest in the EU. The body of Cypriot students is highly mobile, with 78.7% studying in a university outside Cyprus.


File:Pagkiprio High school entrance Nicosia Republic of Cyprus.jpg|thumb|upright=0.8|The entrance of the historic Pancyprian GymnasiumPancyprian GymnasiumGreek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots share a lot in common in their culture due to cultural exchanges but also have differences. Several traditional food (such as souvla and halloumi) and beverages are similar, as well as expressions and ways of life. Hospitality and buying or offering food and drinks for guests or others are common among both. In both communities, music, dance and art are integral parts of social life and many artistic, verbal and nonverbal expressions, traditional dances such as tsifteteli, similarities in dance costumes and importance placed on social activities are shared between the communities.BOOK, Fong, Mary, Chuang, Rueyling, Communicating Ethnic and Cultural Identity, 2004, Rowman & Littlefield, 978-0-7425-1739-4, 286,weblink However, the two communities have distinct religions and religious cultures, with the Greek Cypriots traditionally being Greek Orthodox and Turkish Cypriots traditionally being Sunni Muslims, which has partly hindered cultural exchange.JOURNAL, Cyprus in Europe: Seizing the Momentum of Nice, Patrick R. Hugg, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, November 2001, 2257945, dmy, Greek Cypriots have influences from Greece and Christianity, while Turkish Cypriots have influences from Turkey and Islam.The Limassol Carnival Festival is an annual carnival which is held at Limassol, in Cyprus. The event which is very popular in Cyprus was introduced in the 20th century.{{Sfn|Merin|Burdick1979|p=82}}


File:Classic aristocratic houses in Nicosia Republic of Cyprus.jpg|thumb|upright|left|Typical Cypriot architecture in old part of NicosiaNicosiaThe art history of Cyprus can be said to stretch back up to 10,000 years, following the discovery of a series of Chalcolithic period carved figures in the villages of Khoirokoitia and Lempa.WEB,weblink Lemba Archaeological Research Centre,,weblink" title="">weblink 17 January 2013, 25 October 2009, The island is the home to numerous examples of high quality religious icon painting from the Middle Ages as well as many painted churches. Cypriot architecture was heavily influenced by French Gothic and Italian renaissance introduced in the island during the era of Latin domination (1191–1571).A well known traditional art that dates at least from the 14th century is the Lefkara Lace (also known as "Lefkaratika", which originates from the village Lefkara. Lefkara lace is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage (ICH) by Unesco, and it is characterized by distinct design patterns, and its intricate, time-consuming production process. A genuine Lefkara lace with full embroidery can take typically hundreds of hours to be made, and that is why it is usually priced quite high. Another local form of art the originated from Lefkara is the production of Cypriot Filigree (locally known as Trifourenio), a type of jewellery that is made with twisted threads of silver. In Lefkara village there is government funded center named Lefkara Handicraft Center the mission of which is to educate and teach the art of making the embroidery and silver jewellery. There's also the Museum of Traditional Embroidery an Silversmithing located in the village which has large collection of local handmade art.In modern times Cypriot art history begins with the painter Vassilis Vryonides (1883–1958) who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice.Chrysanthos Christou, A short History of Modern and Contemporary Cypriot Art, Nicosia 1983. Arguably the two founding fathers of modern Cypriot art were Adamantios Diamantis (1900–1994) who studied at London's Royal College of Art and Christopheros Savva (1924–1968) who also studied in London, at Saint Martin's School of Art.Ministry of Education and Culture, State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art (Nicosia: MOEC,1998) In many ways these two artists set the template for subsequent Cypriot art and both their artistic styles and the patterns of their education remain influential to this day. In particular the majority of Cypriot artists still train in EnglandMichael Paraskos, 'The Art of Modern Cyprus', in Sunjet, Spring 2002, 62f while others train at art schools in Greece and local art institutions such as the Cyprus College of Art, University of Nicosia and the Frederick Institute of Technology.One of the features of Cypriot art is a tendency towards figurative painting although conceptual art is being rigorously promoted by a number of art "institutions" and most notably the Nicosia Municipal Art Centre. Municipal art galleries exist in all the main towns and there is a large and lively commercial art scene. Cyprus was due to host the international art festival Manifesta in 2006 but this was cancelled at the last minute following a dispute between the Dutch organizers of Manifesta and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture over the location of some of the Manifesta events in the Turkish sector of the capital Nicosia.WEB,weblink Schools Out, September 2006,, 6 January 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 30 December 2009, dead, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Manifesta no more,, 6 January 2010,weblink" title="">weblink 4 November 2010, live, dmy-all, Other notable Greek Cypriot artists include Helene Black, Kalopedis family, Panayiotis Kalorkoti, Nicos Nicolaides, Stass Paraskos, Arestís Stasí, Telemachos Kanthos, Konstantia Sofokleous and Chris Achilleos, and Turkish Cypriot artists include İsmet Güney, Ruzen Atakan and Mutlu Çerkez.


File:Laghouto.jpg|thumb|upright=0.75|LaoutoLaoutoThe traditional folk music of Cyprus has several common elements with Greek, Turkish, and Arabic Music, all of which have descended from Byzantine music, including Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot dances such as the sousta, syrtos, zeibekikos, tatsia, and karsilamas as well as the Middle Eastern-inspired tsifteteli and arapies. There is also a form of musical poetry known as chattista which is often performed at traditional feasts and celebrations. The instruments commonly associated with Cyprus folk music are the violin ("fkiolin"), lute ("laouto"), accordion, Cyprus flute (pithkiavlin), oud ("outi"), kanonaki and percussions (including the "toumperleki"). Composers associated with traditional Cypriot music include Solon Michaelides, Marios Tokas, Evagoras Karageorgis and Savvas Salides. Among musicians is also the acclaimed pianist Cyprien Katsaris, composer Andreas G. Orphanides, and composer and artistic director of the European Capital of Culture initiative Marios Joannou Elia.Popular music in Cyprus is generally influenced by the Greek Laïka scene; artists who play in this genre include international platinum star Anna Vissi,BOOK, Nielsen Business Media, Inc., Billboard,weblink 8 May 1999, Nielsen Business Media, Inc., 8, Sony Music executives congratulate Greek artist Anna Vissi before her recent sold-out performance at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York the first stop in her North-American tour to promote her album Antidoto, 0006-2510, 20 June 2015,weblink 11 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Hellander, Paul, Kate Armstrong, Michael Clark, Christopher Deliso, Lonely Planet Greek Islands,weblink 2008, Lonely Planet, 978-1-74104-314-3, 49, The country's big pop and laïka stars include Anna Vissi, Notis Sfakiana- kis, Despina Vandi, Yiannis Ploutarhos, Antonis Remos, Mihalis Hatziyian- nis, heartthrob Sakis Rouvas and Greek-Swedish singer Elena Paparizou, who won Greece ..., 20 June 2015,weblink 22 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Nielsen Business Media, Inc., Billboard,weblink 14 July 2001, Nielsen Business Media, Inc., 71, The hits of platinum stars Anna Vissi, Despina Vandi and Keti Garbi are played in clubs together with the Anna Vissi international dance hits of Deep- swing, Planetfunk ..., 0006-2510, 20 June 2015,weblink 15 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Rhythm: Global Sounds and Ideas,weblink 2000, World Marketing Incorporated, 9, 6–11, 70, We have a Euro Music category with clips by the Gipsy Kings and Anna Vissi, a huge star for Sony Greece "We also have .., 20 June 2015,weblink 10 September 2015, live, dmy-all, Evridiki, and Sarbel. Hip Hop, R&B have been supported by the emergence of Cypriot rap and the urban music scene at Ayia Napa, while in the last years the reggae scene is growing, especially through the participation of many Cypriot artists at the annual Reggae Sunjam festival. Is also noted Cypriot rock music and Éntekhno rock is often associated with artists such as Michalis Hatzigiannis and Alkinoos Ioannidis. Metal also has a small following in Cyprus represented by bands such as Armageddon (rev.16:16), Blynd, Winter's Verge, Methysos and Quadraphonic.


File:Paolo Monti - Servizio fotografico (Napoli, 1969) - BEIC 6353768.jpg|thumb|left|upright=0.65|Zeno of Citium, founder of the Stoic school of philosophy.]]Literary production of the antiquity includes the Cypria, an epic poem, probably composed in the late 7th century BC and attributed to Stasinus. The Cypria is one of the very first specimens of Greek and European poetry."An indication that at least the main contents of the Cypria were known around 650 BC is provided by the representation of the Judgment of Paris on the Chigi vase" (Burkert 1992:103). On the proto-Corinthian ewer of c. 640 BC known as the Chigi "vase"{{dead link|date=March 2017 |bot=Dr.K. |fix-attempted=yes }}, Paris is identified as Alexandros, as he was apparently called in Cypria. {{dead link|date=August 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}} The Cypriot Zeno of Citium was the founder of the Stoic school of philosophy.Epic poetry, notably the "acritic songs", flourished during Middle Ages. Two chronicles, one written by Leontios Machairas and the other by Georgios Voustronios, cover the entire Middle Ages until the end of Frankish rule (4th century–1489). Poèmes d'amour written in medieval Greek Cypriot date back from the 16th century. Some of them are actual translations of poems written by Petrarch, Bembo, Ariosto and G. Sannazzaro.Th. Siapkaras- Pitsillidés, Le Pétrarchisme en Cypre. Poèmes d' amour en dialecte Chypriote d' après un manuscript du XVIe siècle, Athènes 1975 (2ème édition) Many Cypriot scholars fled Cyprus at troubled times such as Ioannis Kigalas (c. 1622–1687) who migrated from Cyprus to Italy in the 17th century, several of his works have survived in books of other scholars.BOOK, Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin. Institut für Griechisch-Römische Altertumskunde, Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin. Zentralinstitut für Alte Geschichte und Archäologie, Berliner byzantinistische Arbeiten, Volume 40, Akademie-Verlag, 1956, 209–210, John Cigala (born at Nicosia 1622). He studied at the College of Saint Athanasios, Rome (1635–1642), which he graduated as Doctor of Philosophy and Theology and at which he taught Greek successfully for eight years (1642–1650) ... What has survived of his work as a number of epigrams published in books of other scholars., File:Ioannis Kigalas (1622-1687) Cyprus.jpg|thumb|upright=0.9|Ioannis Kigalas (c. 1622–1687) was a Nicosia born Greek Cypriot scholar and professor of Philosophy who was largely active in the 17th century.BOOK, Serena, Sebastiano, Barbarigo, Gregorio, S. Gregorio Barbarigo e la vita spirituale e cultuale nel suo Seminario di Padova; lettre e saggi editi dagli amici in memoria, Editrice Antenore, 1963, 495, 6706000, Giovanni Cicala, greco di Cipro, prof. di Filosofia nella Università ... Al qual fine permetteva tutta la confidenza con il Cigala e con il Papadopoli, ambedue greci nativi e Lettori pubblici nell'Universita di Padova, coi quail si tratteneva, in frequenti discorsi sopra questa material, le mezze giornate intiere ..., ]]Hasan Hilmi Efendi, a Turkish Cypriot poet, was rewarded by the Ottoman sultan Mahmud II and said to be the "sultan of the poems".GazioÄŸlu, Ahmet C. (1990). The Turks in Cyprus: a province of the Ottoman Empire (1571–1878), 293–295, K. Rüstem.Modern Greek Cypriot literary figures include the poet and writer Kostas Montis, poet Kyriakos Charalambides, poet Michalis Pasiardis, writer Nicos Nicolaides, Stylianos Atteshlis, Altheides, Loukis AkritasWEB,weblink Cyprus Stamp Issue: Loukis Akritas, 29 December 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 11 May 2011, live, dmy-all, and Demetris Th. Gotsis. Dimitris Lipertis, Vasilis Michaelides and Pavlos Liasides are folk poets who wrote poems mainly in the Cypriot-Greek dialect.WEB,weblink Cyprus Stamp Issue: Cyprus Poets, 29 December 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 11 May 2011, live, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Cyprus Stamp Issue: Centenary Birthday Anniversary of Poet Pavlos Liasides, 29 December 2009,weblink" title="">weblink 11 May 2011, live, dmy-all, Among leading Turkish Cypriot writers are Osman Türkay, twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature,Kozmik ÅŸiirin yazarı {{Webarchive|url= |date=17 October 2015 }} (Hürriyet). Retrieved 31 December 2014. Özker Yaşın, Neriman Cahit, Urkiye Mine Balman, Mehmet Yaşın and NeÅŸe Yaşın.There is an increasingly strong presence of both temporary and permanent emigre Cypriot writers in world literature, as well as writings by second and third -generation Cypriot writers born or raised abroad, often writing in English. This includes writers such as Michael Paraskos and Stephanos Stephanides.Alexander Davidian, 'A literary resilience' in The Cyprus Weekly (Cyprus newspaper), 10 January 2016Examples of Cyprus in foreign literature include the works of Shakespeare, with most of the play Othello by William Shakespeare set on the island of Cyprus. British writer Lawrence Durrell lived in Cyprus from 1952 until 1956, during his time working for the British colonial government on the island, and wrote the book Bitter Lemons about his time in Cyprus which won the second Duff Cooper Prize in 1957.

Mass media

In the 2015 Freedom of the Press report of Freedom House, the Republic of Cyprus and Northern Cyprus were ranked "free". The Republic of Cyprus scored 25/100 in press freedom, 5/30 in Legal Environment, 11/40 in Political Environment, and 9/30 in Economic Environment (the lower scores the better).Freedom House {{Webarchive|url= |date=16 February 2016 }}, 2015 report Cyprus Reporters Without Borders rank the Republic of Cyprus 24th out of 180 countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index, with a score of 15.62RSF {{webarchive|url= |date=19 April 2016 }}, CyprusThe law provides for freedom of speech and press, and the government generally respects these rights in practice. An independent press, an effective judiciary, and a functioning democratic political system combine to ensure freedom of speech and of the press. The law prohibits arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home, or correspondence, and the government generally respects these prohibitions in practice."Cyprus" , Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State, 22 March 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.Local television companies in Cyprus include the state owned Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation which runs two television channels. In addition on the Greek side of the island there are the private channels ANT1 Cyprus, Plus TV, Mega Channel, Sigma TV, Nimonia TV (NTV) and New Extra. In Northern Cyprus, the local channels are BRT, the Turkish Cypriot equivalent to the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, and a number of private channels. The majority of local arts and cultural programming is produced by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and BRT, with local arts documentaries, review programmes and filmed drama series.


The most worldwide known Cypriot director, to have worked abroad, is Michael Cacoyannis.In the late 1960s and early 1970s, George Filis produced and directed Gregoris Afxentiou, Etsi Prodothike i Kypros, and The Mega Document. In 1994, Cypriot film production received a boost with the establishment of the Cinema Advisory Committee. In 2000, the annual amount set aside for filmmaking in the national budget was CYP£500,000 (about €850,000). In addition to government grants, Cypriot co-productions are eligible for funding from the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund, which finances European film co-productions. To date, four feature films on which a Cypriot was an executive producer have received funding from Eurimages. The first was I Sphagi tou Kokora (1996), followed by Hellados (unreleased), To Tama (1999), and O Dromos gia tin Ithaki (2000)."Film Birth – History of Cinema – Cyprus {{Webarchive|url= |date=24 September 2015 }}".In 2009, Greek filmmaker Vassilis Mazomenos shot the drama film Guilt in Cyprus. The film was awarded the Best Screenwriting and Best Photography award at the London Greek Film Festival, and was an official selection in the Montreal World Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, India International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, and Fantasporto. It was also the opening film in the Panorama of European Cinema in Athens. In 2010, the film was nominated for the best film from the Hellenic Film Academy.Only a small number of foreign films have been made in Cyprus. This includes Incense for the Damned (1970), The Beloved (1970), and Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1973).Roger Lewis, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (London: Arrow, 1995) p.130 Parts of the John Wayne film The Longest Day (1962) were also filmed in Cyprus.


(File:Vin et gastronomie chypriotes.jpg|thumb|left|Cypriot meze)During the medieval period, under the French Lusignan monarchs of Cyprus an elaborate form of courtly cuisine developed, fusing French, Byzantine and Middle Eastern forms. The Lusignan kings were known for importing Syrian cooks to Cyprus, and it has been suggested that one of the key routes for the importation of Middle Eastern recipes into France and other Western European countries, such as blancmange, was via the Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus. These recipes became known in the West as Vyands de Chypre, or Foods of Cyprus, and the food historian William Woys Weaver has identified over one hundred of them in English, French, Italian and German recipe books of the Middle Ages. One that became particularly popular across Europe in the medieval and early modern periods was a stew made with chicken or fish called malmonia, which in English became mawmeny.William Woys Weaver, 'Poland in the Middle Ages' in Maria Dembinska (ed.) Food and Drink in Medieval Poland: Rediscovering a Cuisine of the Past(Philadelphia: University of University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999) pp.41–46Another example of a Cypriot food ingredient entering the Western European canon is the cauliflower, still popular and used in a variety of ways on the island today, which was associated with Cyprus from the early Middle Ages. Writing in the 12th and 13th centuries the Arab botanists Ibn al-'Awwam and Ibn al-Baitar claimed the vegetable had its origins were Cyprus,WEB, Cabbage Flowers for Food,weblink Aggie Horticulture, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M System, 12 October 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 12 August 2014, live, dmy-all, JOURNAL, Fenwick, G. Roger, Heaney, Robert K., Mullin, W. John, VanEtten, Cecil H., Glucosinolates and their breakdown products in food and food plants, C R C Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 1982, 18, 2, 123–201, 10.1080/10408398209527361, and this association with the island was echoed in Western Europe, where cauliflowers were originally known as Cyprus cabbage or Cyprus colewart. There was also a long and extensive trade in cauliflower seeds from Cyprus, until well into the sixteenth century.Jon Gregerson, Good Earth (Portland: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, 1990) p.41Although much of the Lusignan food culture was lost after the fall of Cyprus to the Ottomans in 1571, a number of dishes that would have been familiar to the Lusignans survive today, including various forms of tahini and houmous, zalatina, skordalia and pickled wild song birds called ambelopoulia. Ambelopoulia, which is today highly controversial, and illegal, was exported in vast quantities from Cyprus during the Lusignan and Venetian periods, particularly to Italy and France. In 1533 the English traveller to Cyprus, John Locke, claimed to have seen the pickled wild birds packed into large jars, or which 1200 jars were exported from Cyprus annually.David Bannerman and Mary Bannerman Birds of Cyprus (London: Oliver and Boyd, 1958) p.384Also familiar to the Lusignans would have been Halloumi cheese, which some food writers today claim originated in Cyprus during the Byzantine periodBOOK, Goldstein, Darra, Merkle, Kathrin, Parasecoli, Fabio, Mennell, Stephen, Council of Europe, Culinary cultures of Europe: identity, diversity and dialogue, Council of Europe, 2005, 121, 978-92-871-5744-7, Most culinary innovations in the Cypriot cuisine occurred during the Byzantine era ... Experimentation with dairy products resulted in the now-famous halloumi and feta cheese., BOOK, Robinson, R. K., Tamime, A. Y., Feta and Related Cheeses, Woodhead Publishing, 1991, 144, 978-1-85573-278-0, Halloumi is a semi-hard to hard, unripened cheese that traditionally is made from either sheep's or goat's milk or a mixture. Although the cheese has its origins in Cyprus, it is widely popular throughout the Middle East, and hence many countries have now become involved with its manufacture., BOOK, Murdoch Books Pty Limited, Essential Mediterranean, Murdoch Books, 2005, 21, 978-1-74045-539-8, HALOUMl Originating in Cyprus, this salty, semi-hard sheep's milk cheese is a popular table cheese, although the name of the cheese itself is thought by academics to be of Arabic origin.P. Papademas, "Halloumi Cheese" in A.Y. Tamime (ed.), Brined Cheeses (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006) p.117 There is no surviving written documentary evidence of the cheese being associated with Cyprus before the year 1554, when the Italian historian Florio Bustron wrote of a sheep-milk cheese from Cyprus he called calumi. Halloumi (Hellim) is commonly served sliced, grilled, fried and sometimes fresh, as an appetiser or meze dish.File:Halloumislice zoom.jpg|thumb|upright=0.75|Cypriot HalloumiHalloumiFile:Cafes in a stoa small path in Nicosia Republic of Cyprus.JPG|thumb|upright=0.75|Cypriot style café in an arcade in NicosiaNicosiaSeafood and fish dishes include squid, octopus, red mullet, and sea bass. Cucumber and tomato are used widely in salads. Common vegetable preparations include potatoes in olive oil and parsley, pickled cauliflower and beets, asparagus and taro. Other traditional delicacies are meat marinated in dried coriander seeds and wine, and eventually dried and smoked, such as lountza (smoked pork loin), charcoal-grilled lamb, souvlaki (pork and chicken cooked over charcoal), and sheftalia (minced meat wrapped in mesentery). Pourgouri (bulgur, cracked wheat) is the traditional source of carbohydrate other than bread, and is used to make the delicacy koubes.Fresh vegetables and fruits are common ingredients. Frequently used vegetables include courgettes, green peppers, okra, green beans, artichokes, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and grape leaves, and pulses such as beans, broad beans, peas, black-eyed beans, chick-peas and lentils. The most common fruits and nuts are pears, apples, grapes, oranges, mandarines, nectarines, medlar, blackberries, cherry, strawberries, figs, watermelon, melon, avocado, lemon, pistachio, almond, chestnut, walnut, and hazelnut.Cyprus is also well known for its desserts, including lokum (also known as Turkish Delight) and Soutzoukos."Cyprus villagers make giant sweet", BBC News, 18 October 2004 This island has protected geographical indication (PGI) for its lokum produced in the village of Geroskipou.NEWS, Turks riled as Cyprus set to win EU trademark on Turkish Delight, 13 December 2007, Associated Press,weblink International Herald Tribune, 14 December 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 2 December 2008, NEWS,weblink Agros rose preserve included in protected geographical indication list, Andreou, Evie, 4 July 2016, Cyprus Mail, 19 January 2018,weblink" title="">weblink 20 January 2018, live, dmy-all,


File:Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center 11.JPG|thumb|Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center in LimassolLimassolSport governing bodies include the Cyprus Football Association, Cyprus Basketball Federation, Cyprus Volleyball Federation, Cyprus Automobile Association, Cyprus Badminton Federation,WEB,weblink Cyprus Badminton Federation,, 27 March 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 3 April 2009, dmy-all, Cyprus Cricket Association, Cyprus Rugby Federation and the Cyprus Pool Association.Notable sports teams in the Cyprus leagues include APOEL FC, Anorthosis Famagusta FC, AC Omonia, AEL Lemesos, Apollon FC, Nea Salamis Famagusta FC, AEK Larnaca FC, AEL Limassol B.C., Keravnos B.C. and Apollon Limassol B.C.. Stadiums or sports venues include the GSP Stadium (the largest in the Republic of Cyprus-controlled areas), Tsirion Stadium (second largest), Neo GSZ Stadium, Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Ammochostos Stadium and Makario Stadium.In the 2008–09 season, Anorthosis Famagusta FC was the first Cypriot team to qualify for the UEFA Champions League Group stage. Next season, APOEL FC qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage, and reached the last 8 of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League after finishing top of its group and beating French Olympique Lyonnais in the Round of 16.The Cyprus national rugby union team known as The Moufflons currently holds the record for most consecutive international wins, which is especially notable as the Cyprus Rugby Federation was only formed in 2006.Tennis player Marcos Baghdatis was ranked 8th in the world, was a finalist at the Australian Open, and reached the Wimbledon semi-final, all in 2006. High jumper Kyriakos Ioannou achieved a jump of 2.35 m at the 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan, in 2007, winning the bronze medal. He has been ranked third in the world. In motorsports, Tio Ellinas is a successful race car driver, currently racing in the GP3 Series for Marussia Manor Motorsport. There is also mixed martial artist Costas Philippou, who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship promotion's middleweight division. Costas holds a 6–3 record in UFC bouts, and recently defeated "The Monsoon" Lorenz Larkin by a knockout in the first round.Also notable for a Mediterranean island, the siblings Christopher and Sophia Papamichalopoulou qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They were the only athletes who managed to qualify and thus represented Cyprus at the 2010 Winter Olympics.The country's first ever Olympic medal, a silver medal, was won by the sailor Pavlos Kontides, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men's Laser class.

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Further reading

  • BOOK, Anastasiou, Harry, Broken Olive Branch: Nationalism Ethnic Conflict and the Quest for Peace in Cyprus, Syracuse University Press, 2008, 978-0-8156-3196-5, Harry Anastasiou,
  • BOOK, Brewin, Christopher, European Union and Cyprus, Eothen Press, 2000, 978-0-906719-24-4,
  • BOOK, Dods, Clement, Cyprus: The Need for New Perspectives, The Eothen Press, 1999, 978-0-906719-23-7,
  • BOOK, Durrell, Lawrence, Bitter Lemons, Faber and Faber, 1957, 978-0-571-20155-6,
  • BOOK, Faustmann, Hubert, Nicos Peristianis, Britain and Cyprus: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism, 1878–2006, Bibliopolis, 2006, 978-3-933925-36-7,
  • BOOK, Gibbons, Harry Scott, The Genocide Files, Charles Bravos Publishers, 1997, 978-0-9514464-2-3,weblink
  • BOOK, Hannay, David, Cyprus: The Search for a Solution, I.B.Tauris, 2005, 978-1-85043-665-2,
  • BOOK, Hitchens, Christopher, Hostage to History: Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger, Verso, 1997, 978-1-85984-189-1,
  • Yiannos Katsouride, The Greek Cypriot Nationalist Right in the Era of British Colonialism: Emergence, Mobilisation and Transformations of Right-Wing Party Politics, Springer, 2017, {{ISBN|9783319555348}}
  • BOOK, Ker-Lindsay, James, EU Accession and UN Peacemaking in Cyprus, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 978-1-4039-9690-9,
  • BOOK, Ker-Lindsay, James, Hubert Faustmann, The Government and Politics of Cyprus, Peter Lang, 2009, 978-3-03911-096-4,
  • BOOK, Mallinson, William, Cyprus a Modern History, I.B.Tauris, 2005, 978-1-85043-580-8,
  • BOOK, Merin, Jennifer, Burdick, Elizabeth B., International directory of theatre, dance, and folklore festivals: a project of the International Theatre Institute of the United States, inc,weblink 1 November 1979, Greenwood Press, 978-0-313-20993-2, harv,
  • BOOK, Mirbagheri, Farid, Cyprus and International Peacemaking, Hurst, 1989, 978-1-85065-354-7,
  • BOOK, Nicolet, Claude, United States Policy Towards Cyprus, 1954–1974, Bibliopolis, 2001, 978-3-933925-20-6,
  • BOOK, Oberling, Pierre, The Road to Bellapais, Columbia University Press, 1982, 978-0-88033-000-8,
  • BOOK, O'Malley, Brendan, Ian Craig, The Cyprus Conspiracy, I.B.Tauris, 1999, 978-1-86064-737-6,
  • BOOK, Palley, Claire, An International Relations Debacle: The UN Secretary-General's Mission of Good Offices in Cyprus, 1999–2004, Hart Publishing, 2005, 978-1-84113-578-6,
  • BOOK, Papadakis, Yiannis, Echoes from the Dead Zone: Across the Cyprus Divide, I.B.Tauris, 2005, 978-1-85043-428-3,
  • BOOK, Plumer, Aytug, Cyprus, 1963–64: The Fateful Years, Cyrep (Lefkosa), 2003, 978-975-6912-18-8,
  • Paul W. Wallace & Andreas G. Orphanides (eds.), Sources for the History of Cyprus, vols I - XV, (Albany, NY, Greece and Cyprus Research Center, University at Albany (SUNY) 1990-2007)
  • BOOK, Richmond, Oliver, Mediating in Cyprus, Frank Cass, 1998, 978-0-7146-4431-8,
  • BOOK, Richmond, Oliver, James Ker-Lindsay, The Work of the UN in Cyprus: Promoting Peace and Development, Palgrave Macmillan, 2001, 978-0-333-91271-3,
  • BOOK, Richter, Heinz, A Concise History of Modern Cyprus 1878–2009, Rutzen, 2010, 978-3-447-06212-1,
  • Sacopoulo, Marina (1966). Chypre d'aujourd'hui. Paris: G.-P. Maisonneuve et Larose. 406 p., ill. with b&w photos. and fold. maps.
  • BOOK, Tocci, Nathalie, EU Accession Dynamics and Conflict Resolution: Catalysing Peace or Consolidating Partition in Cyprus?, Ashgate, 2004, 978-0-7546-4310-4,
  • BOOK, Yiorghos, Leventis, Cyprus: The Struggle for Self-Determination in the 1940s, Peter Lang, 2002, 978-0-8204-5428-3,
  • BOOK, Yiorghos, Leventis, Murata Sawayanagi Nanako, Hazama Yasushi, Crossing Over Cyprus, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA) Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), 2008, 978-4-86337-003-6,

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