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How to get Permanent Residence in Cyprus

How to get Permanent Residence in Cyprus

Geographically, Cyprus is in close proximity to 3 continents and apart from the obvious appeal as an island in the Mediterranean, it is governed by a Presidential democracy with a stable economy, has low rates and favorable tax incentives for new citizens, and also boasts a low cost of living.  Cyprus was ranked as the 5th best country for relocation in the world, by a reputable International Lifestyle review in 2014, hardly surprising as the island has a lot to offer with favorable business and leisure indicators. Due to the massive influx of tourists, most Cypriot citizens speak English fluently, and if you have children the standard of Education is excellent, as is the Healthcare system.

Why Invest in Cyprus?

Why Invest in Cyprus?

Why invest in Cyprus?LocationCyprus is the third largest island in the Eastern Mediterranean and located at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Africa and Asia, which provides easy access for investments in numerous countries. As a member of the European Union investing in Cyprus is a springboard for investment in all EU member states. According to GDP per capita, Cyprus is rated as the 31st wealthiest country worldwide and also 5th as the worlds most recommended country for relocation. The highly regarded international shipping centre also ranks Cyprus as one of the world’s ten most prominent maritime nations.

Universities in Cyprus

Universities in Cyprus

The University of Cyprus which is in Nicosia, was established in 1989 and today has over 7000 students. The main priorities of the University of Cyprus is to be established as a research institution and achieve International Scientific Recognition and to become a centre of excellence in the Euro-Mediterranean region.Admission for the majority of undergraduates is granted after they successfully pass the entrance examinations that are organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus. In the event of students with special needs or circumstances, they can be admitted under certain other provisions.

Cypriot Traditions

Cypriot Traditions

Greek Cypriots are by nature generous and hospitable people. It is a culture thing, and the further away you get from the hustle and bustle of the big cities the more obvious this trait becomes. Cypriots are proud of their traditions, and it doesn’t matter how old you are, or where you have travelled or lived in the world, the traditions you grew up with, stays with you forever.A lot of the traditions are celebrated on religious holidays and seasonal festivals.

10 places to visit in Cyprus

10 places to visit in Cyprus

What do you want to see first? Cyprus has so many interesting places to visit, and all the major areas, Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Famagusta and Paphos have a rich heritage, archaeologically, and beautiful mountain ranges and unspoiled natural beauty between them. Cyprus is often called the Island of Love, due to the fact that it is considered to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty. You can actually visit her birthplace in Paphos. The island of Cyprus is separated into the Greek southern side and the Turkish part in the north. Both sides of the island have stunning unspoiled beaches and seaside resorts that cater for millions of tourists every year. With so many archaeological sites, Byzantine monasteries and churches to see, it is worth taking a break from the sun and sea to visit at least some of them! Whether you want to lie on the beautiful beaches all day, go sightseeing to many wonderful sites or go hiking in the unspoiled nature parks, Cyprus has a lot to offer for everyone.

10 things not to do in Cyprus

10 things not to do in Cyprus

The Cypriots are well known for their hospitality and sense of humor, but sometimes, unknowingly, visitors or new residents in Cyprus can say or do something that is taboo and cause hurt feelings. Like most nationalities the Cypriots have their traditions and cultural taboos, and it is good to know some of the most important ones, to avoid confrontation and misunderstandings. Apart from the cultural and traditional taboos there are also dos and don’ts when dealing with business and professional issues as follows:

Cypriot Customs

Cypriot Customs

It is customary for Cypriots to welcome you into their homes with a ‘Kolosorisate’ welcome, and ‘Kopiaste’ please come and join us. The introductions and a handshake are standard, and the kiss on both cheeks is to, except for men greeting other men. Once you enter a Cypriot home you will be offered ‘glyko’ preserved fruit with a cold glass of water, and Greek coffee. It is considered rude to refuse and even if you do not like what is offered at least try and eat some of it.

Study in Cyprus

Study in Cyprus

The University of Cyprus which is in Nicosia, was established in 1989 and today has over 7000 students. The main priorities of the University of Cyprus is to be established as a research institution and achieve International Scientific Recognition and to become a centre of excellence in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Food and Drinks in Cyprus

Food and Drinks in Cyprus

Apart from the obvious Greek roots, traditional Greek Cypriot food also has Turkish influences. Starting with the ‘meze’ which are small dishes of local delicacies which are enjoyed slowly with good company over drinks, this style is more suited to the Arab way of eating and not so common in Greece. These small portions off delicious fresh local food, keep on arriving until you just can’t eat anymore! This is the perfect way to sample the seasonal produce and tastes of Cyprus, do yourself a favor and try a proper meat or fish ‘meze’, you will not regret it.

Escape to the Beautiful Island of Cyprus

Escape to the Beautiful Island of Cyprus

Whether you want to escape the concrete jungle and the stress of living in a big city, or simply want to find a safe haven for your family, Cyprus is the ideal destination for relocation.

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