Cyprus offers a reliable climate with more than 320 days of sunshine per year and ensures that the plans are rarely affected by weather conditions.
As an EU member, Cyprus offers excellent healthcare services in public hospitals, as well as in private, state-of-the-art clinics and hospitals with an average fee of €40 per visit.
Cost of living
Cyprus is a European country where the relatively "low cost of living" has paved the way for a "high standard of living". You can enjoy a lifestyle that you cannot find elsewhere.
The Cypriots are known for their warm hospitality and their open-mindedness. It doesn't take long to adapt and make the most of a relaxing lifestyle. The locals are used to fitting into an international community and will openly express their willingness to engage in friendly conversation.
Greek is the native language, but English is widely available. Bilingual signs, menus and official announcements are the standard. In addition, Russian is becoming common due to the growing Russian population and the increasing number of Russian companies.
Beaches & Nature
Cyprus' hundreds of miles of coastline offer swimmers a rich choice, more than 50 of which have been awarded the exclusive Blue Flag eco-label. The sun keeps the sea warm from early April to late October.
There is much that is unique to the island, including some of its flora and fauna (including the Cypriot mouflon and Caretta Caretta turtles). You will find lots of unique hiking trails and in general a great natural landscape.
The 11,000-year-old cultural heritage of Cyprus is permeated by influences from East and West. As one of the oldest civilisations in the world, Cyprus boasts a stunning variety of ancient monuments, some of which still play a role in modern Cypriot life, and many of which have been protected and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The accession to the EU in May 2004 marked a turning point for Cyprus. Compliance with European rules and regulations led to significant reforms and improvements.
Transport Infrastructure & Communications
Two international airports, a modern road network and a number of ports and marina facilities are at the heart of Cyprus' ever-improving infrastructure. Cyprus also has an excellent telecommunications system, with a state-owned company and a number of private telecommunications companies providing fixed and mobile telephony services and Internet access.
Cyprus offers a number of prestigious public and private schools, all of which provide an excellent level of education. The local colleges and universities are internationally recognised, but for those wishing to study abroad there are also schools that follow the British education system or prepare candidates for entry to universities in Europe or the United States.
The crime rate in Cyprus is extremely low compared to other European countries, making the country one of the safest places to live in Europe.
Cyprus' strategic location, at the crossroads of the three continents, makes it a convenient place for both business and leisure activities. Its location at the heart of busy shipping and air routes has not only made the island an important trading post, but has also contributed significantly to its growth as a respected international business and service centre.
With over 30 direct scheduled and charter flights now operating to and from Cyprus, getting here is very easy. There are also connecting flights from terminals throughout Europe and the Middle East to the island's two international airports at Larnaca and Paphos.
The local cuisine is greatly appreciated and preferred by many cultures. There are numerous taverns where delicious meze is served, as well as fish taverns by the sea. International cuisine is also available all over the island.
Activities, Culture & Lifestyle
Cyprus offers a wide range of activities for all ages and interests: archaeological exploration, hiking, cycling, climbing, kite surfing, horse riding, golf... everything your heart desires!
Cyprus offers a wide variety of museums presenting cultural treasures. In addition, the island's art scene is complemented by a number of top galleries. The performing arts are very popular, with festivals, concerts and theatre performances taking place throughout the year. Film festivals, classical music and opera events and international fashion shows are also often on the cultural agenda.
Economy & Taxation
Cyprus has a healthy and robust economy based mainly on the services sector. The island has managed to maintain this stability despite the current economic crisis and global recession.
Cyprus has a very low corporate tax rate in Europe, which is 12.5%.
In addition, Cyprus has signed agreements with 58 countries to avoid double taxation.
Read more about the Cyprus tax system here.