Summer in Cyprus
 
About Cyprus
Given its Mediterranean location and its rich and diverse historical heritage, Cyprus is a land of incredible beauty and great contrasts. It combines the very latest in technology and the modern world, with historical landmarks and traditions that are noticeably present throughout the island. It is therefore not surprising that it attracts around 3 million tourists a year, who come to enjoy the famous Cypriot hospitality, sandy beaches, beautiful mountains, archaeological sites, sports and cultural activities.
 
Location
Cyprus the third largest island of the Mediterranean, extending 62 miles from north to south and 149 miles from east to west. Situated in the east end of the Mediterranean, it provides a strategic gateway to Europe, Africa and Asia.
 
Language
Greek and Turkish are the official languages, although English is widely spoken throughout Cyprus.
 
Government
Cyprus is an Independent Democratic Republic. The President of the Republic is the head of state. He is elected for a five-year term. The Council of Ministers is appointed by the President and constitutes the executive organ of the Republic. The legislative power is held by the House of Representatives whose members are elected for a five-year period. Cyprus is a member of the United Nations, and its agencies, the Council of Europe and the Commonwealth. As of May 1st 2004, Cyprus will also be a full EU member state. 
 
Telecommunication
Cyprus has a highly advanced telecommunications system. The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA), boasts a virtually all-digital local network, a satellite telecommunications network and a fibre optic submarine cable system that links Cyprus with the rest of the world. CYTA also provides a variety of advanced telecommunications services, covering the whole spectrum of customer needs for both voice and data communications, both fixed and mobile.
 
Ports
There are two multipurpose ports in Cyprus. The main port is located in Lemesos (Limassol) and the other in Larnaka (Larnaca).
 
Legal System
The Cyprus legal system is based on British Common Law.
 
Currency
The local Currency is the Euro. 1 Euro consists of 100 Cents.
Bank Notes: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents, €1, €2.
 
Airports
Cyprus has two International airports, the largest of which is located in Larnaka (Larnaca) and the other in Pafos.
 
Education
Cyprus ranks high in education. It has one university and 34 colleges and institutions of further education. More than 70% of secondary school leavers continue on third level education and more than half continue their studies abroad.