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Cyprus - West and East meet on the sunny island of Cyprus. Enjoy a long meze lunch at an open-air cafe, discover the relics of an ancient culture or relax on one of the many beaches. English is widely spoken here on Aphrodite's island.

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  Why Moving To Cyprus Will (Probably) Make You Happier


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The Mediterranean lifestyle and pleasant climate makes Cyprus the ideal destination for those who want to strike the right balance between work and leisure. The island country also retains its historic heritage and has many archaeological sites, ruins and museums. The people of Cyprus are as warm as the 340 days of sunshine the country receives and foreigners are treated with great hospitality. Here are some of the reasons why moving to Cyprus may just make you happier.   more ...

  North or South? Choosing Where to Live in Cyprus


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Those who have a certain impression of Cyprus, without having gone there or encountered any Cypriot natives in their home country, might be forgiven for having a partial or incomplete mental image. Most of the news coverage, after all, seems to come from the southern portion of the island, providing a uniform view of the national culture that very much ignores the dual Greek / Turkish nature of Cyprus. To be fair, a full 77% of the island's population is Greek Cypriot, compared to only 18% Turkish Cypriot, and the division of the land mass is also somewhat skewed in favor of the Greek side - the northern side covers 3,355 km2 of Cyprus' total 9,251 km2.

The Turkish portion of the country unilaterally declared independence after the 1974 conflict, being known as the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus despite the lack of international recognition for statehood. The duality of Greek and Turkish influence upon Cyrpus' national character has certainly not always been harmonious, and in fact the violence of the 1970s that resulted in the island's partition is a topic best avoided - to the extent that it is possible - while traveling there.   more ...

  The Latest on the Financial Situation in Cyprus


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When we last checked in on the financial situation in Cyprus some weeks ago, the situation was one that could charitably be called "interesting" (and, to be sure, many would use harsher terms.) From the Cypriot-on-the-street to president Nicos Anastasiades, seemingly everyone in the country was operating at a high level of tension and indignation. Video of street demonstrations or of heavily guarded shipping convoys gave the impression of a nation teetering on the brink.

After being warned that a national default would result in Cyprus being removed from the Eurozone, Cyprus was eventually granted an emergency €10 billion loan to refinance its massive debt (an official Eurogroup statement slyly mentioned that it would "welcome" International Monetary Fund assistance in this matter.) One of the conditions of this was that Laiki Bank / Popular Bank of Cyprus would be closed.   more ...

  Why Weather Forecasting Stops in Cyprus During the Summer


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As determined by the Köppen climate classification system, Cyprus is a subtropical, semi-arid climate, a designation it shares with much of Australia, South Africa, Spain and the main island of Japan (Honshuu.) For those unfamiliar with the term, this denotes weather features such as a wet season during the winter, during which period temperatures rarely sink beneath 6-13°C. Subtropical regions can vary in both their level of vegetation and their temperatures from one 'regime' to the next - the savanna regimes of the sub-tropics, for example, have their wet season in the summer rather than the winter. What being in a Mediterranean subtropical regime means for Cyprus, though, is a highly predictable pattern of weather events, which you may notice makes the locals fairly indifferent to things such as weather forecasts when the summer rolls around.

The population center of Nicosia provides as good an example as any of what Cypriot citizens deal with weather-wise: mean temperatures during the summer months of June-August are virtually always hot and sunny, with daily high temperatures typically ranging from 34-37°C. Such temperatures, for the initiated, will make it clear why the similar Mediterranean climate of Spain invented the mid-day siesta to avoid working during peak heat hours (as well as the month-long holiday period in July or August.)   more ...

  Implications of the Latest Financial Situation in Cyprus


Kyrenia Castle, Cyprus
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The island of Cyprus has long been a scenic haven for expatriates and visitors from the U.K. and elsewhere in northern Europe. As recently as 2011, its tourism industry attested to this by being ranked 24th in the world in "overall competitiveness" by the World Economic Forum, with its popular beaches alone being a significant selling point for travelers and foreign real estate investors. Around 60,000 British expatriates have made their home on the island.

However, Cyprus has come to international attention recently for a more unfortunate reason: not long after the European Union was collectively awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for "over six decades [of having] contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe," [i] the 2013 Cyprus banking crisis has become emblematic of widening fissures within the EU. This nation of fewer than 1 million inhabitants has come to represent the social rift that exists among the various European nations, particularly the creditor nations of the north and the debtor nations of the Mediterranean region. This is perhaps even truer in the case of Cyprus than it is of Greece, given the fact that Greece represented some of the first cracks in the foundation of the EU as a unified economic community, while Cyprus' example now shows a kind of "domino effect" in action.   more ...

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