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Private Education in Cyprus

Private Education in Cyprus

Education in Cyprus is overseen by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Apart from the government run public schools there are more than 40 private, secondary schools on the island. Private schooling began in 1646 and many of the schools available today have a long history of excellence in private education. Currently there is a big choice for those who want to attend private educational facilities. With more than 15,000 students attending private schools based on location, language and curriculum, Cyprus offers many options for non-Greek speaking children. The education system in Cyprus is divided into pre-primary education (ages 3 – 6), primary education (ages 6 – 12) and secondary education (ages 12 – 18). Full time education is compulsory for children aged 5 – 15. State schools are funded by the government and are conducted in Greek. For children who do not speak the language, private institutions are available in all major cities in Cyprus. Most of the private schools have English as their teaching medium. Today you will find The French School Arthur Rimbaud in Nicosia and various Russian schools catering for the thousands of Russians who live on the island. There are also a number of Greek secondary schools in Nicosia catering for Cypriot parents who want their children to attend a private school

Medical Tourism in Cyprus

Medical Tourism in Cyprus

Modern private hospitals and clinics, with state of the art equipment and experienced, highly trained doctors and medical staff, have been the reason why Cyprus has become a popular destination for medical tourism.  Specialist doctors who have trained in Europe and the USA are at the head of the medical teams that perform all types of medical procedures at very reasonable prices. There is also the draw of combining a medical procedure with a relaxing holiday that will help you recuperate in a country that is an idyllic destination. Some of the most popular procedures done on the island are annual check-ups, reconstructive or cosmetic surgery, cardiac care and dental and surgical procedures. Many of the private clinics offer special packages that also include hotel accommodation for the recuperation period.

Tourism in Cyprus

Tourism in Cyprus

Situated at the north-eastern end of the Mediterranean basin, Cyprus is the third largest island in the region, with an area of 9,251 square kilometers. The island has many attractions one of them being the mild Mediterranean climate that offers abundant sunshine for 320 days of the year. Another plus apart from the natural beauty of the island is that English is widely spoken by most of the citizens, the road network is modern and extensive and you can easily travel to all the outstanding historical and cultural destinations on the island. The currency in Cyprus is Euro and credit cards are widely accepted and ATM’s are readily available in all major towns and villages.

Buying Property in Cyprus

Buying Property in Cyprus

Who needs permission to buy property in Cyprus?Non-Cypriot persons wishing to purchase property in Cyprus must submit a written application to the Council of Minister after signing the contract of sale. As long as this is done within a reasonable time, moving into the property is allowed. In most cases permission is just a formality if you meet the criteria that the Cypriot Government has in place. Legal entities controlled by citizens of the EU require permission to buy immovable property unless they have their headquarters in the country.Who does not need permission to buy property in Cyprus?EU citizens who are permanent residents in Cyprus do not require permission to buy immovable property and they can register multiple properties provided they stay in the country for the following 5 years.EU companies that have their headquarters and registered offices in Cyprus do not require permission to buy immovable property.

The Wine Routes of Cyprus

The Wine Routes of Cyprus

Cyprus has an ancient history when it comes to the production of wine. The oldest wine label in the world was Commandaria, which has been produced in Cyprus, on the foothills of the Troodos Mountains, since 800BC. It is said that King Richard the Lionheart, drank this wine at his wedding in 1191. There are still villages in Cyprus that produce wine the old traditional way, but many modern boutique wineries have opened with the new generation of wine makers leading the way to the production of excellent wines in picturesque modern wineries that can be found around the island. There are seven wine routes that you can follow if you want to visit these wineries. The wineries are located in the Paphos area, Limassol on the high slopes of the Troodos Mountains and rural areas in Nicosia and Larnaca.

Best Cypriot Villages to Visit

Best Cypriot Villages to Visit

Cyprus is blessed with a plethora of beautiful countryside and coastal villages that have significant culture and historical value. Some of them are reminiscent of years gone by without significant changes being made over the years. Of the many picturesque villages around Cyprus, here are the seven most popular villages to visit.

Banks in Cyprus

Banks in Cyprus

After the financial crisis that faced Cypriot banks in 2013 and the tough austerity measures that were implemented by the EU, Cyprus has shown remarkable resilience and has reclaimed its status as a thriving economy. The economy was restructured and diversified in order to be able to exit the economic adjustment program earlier than scheduled. Economic growth has exceeded all expectations and Cyprus has successfully recovered from the €10 billion bailout deal and the bail in of bank deposits that was imposed. The International lenders issued some harsh terms which Cyprus followed under tough supervision managing to introduce some serious reform programs to correct the weaknesses in its financial system. Recapitalization of the banking sector has passes rigorous ECB stress tests and solvency and liquidity in the banking system has improved dramatically by more than €3 billion in 2017 which has followed with the full repayment of the Emergency Liquidity Assistance. Following the tough austerity measures, Cyprus has continued on a solid growth path and is now one of the fastest growing Eurozone economies with strong fiscal performance and new large scale projects that are scheduled to improve the economy even further. As of July 2018 Cyprus, was ranked one notch below investment grade by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings.

Cypriot Artists

Cypriot Artists

Cyprus is well known for its historical art, some featured in the Heritage Sites of the Painted Churches of Troodos and across the island. Mythology tells us that Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty was born in Cyprus and in honour of this privilege, Cyprus has produced aesthetic art throughout history. Today, Cyprus has emerged as a noteworthy contemporary art scene which is it can be proud of. There are many talented artists, too many to mention by name. Below is a selection of some of the best known artists in Cyprus and examples of their work. Many of the artwork can be seen in museums and galleries in the big cities on the island and abroad.

Get Cypriot Passport in 6 Months

Get Cypriot Passport in 6 Months

If you have €2 million to invest you can easily obtain a Cypriot Passport and in turn become a citizen of the European Union. The investment program initiated by the Cypriot Government offers unique advantages for those who want to invest in Cyprus and you could get your initial investment back in just three years. There are no language requirements and dual citizenship is permitted. Prior to naturalization, the applicant must possess a residency permit in the Republic of Cyprus for a period of at least six months. With a Cypriot passport you will have full EU rights which include work, study and travel as well as the freedom to reside in any European Union country. You will automatically have free Visa travel to 156 countries worldwide. Citizenship is granted to your whole family who would also have inheritance rights. Once the criteria are met it takes up to 6 months for approval.

Casinos in Cyprus

Casinos in Cyprus

The debate on whether to open a Casino has been going on for decades. The biggest opponent has always been the Church of Cyprus who feared that opening a casino would destroy family life in Cyprus. It seems that finally the pros and cons have been weighed and the pros of having casinos in Cyprus have won. It is true to say that most Cypriots are born gamblers and it is inevitable that some families will suffer, but the government cannot be responsible for their woes. It makes economic sense to open the casinos as they will be contributing to the increase in tourism and to the economy of Cyprus as a whole. The other plus is that these casinos will create new jobs for the Cypriot community.

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