Quick Facts

  • Official name: Republic of Cyprus
  • Independence: 16 August 1960 (from UK)
  • Capital city: Nicosia (pop. 251,000)
  • Area: 9.251 sq. km (about 0.6 times the size of Connecticut)
  • Official languages: Greek and Turkish
  • Nationality: Cypriot(s)
  • Ethnic groups: 98.8% Greek
  • Divided into six districts
  • Population: 1,189,197
  • Economy: tourism, financial services, shipping
  • Major religions: primarily Christianity
  • Climate: temperate; semi-arid with mild winters
  • Literacy rate: 99.1%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • Type of government: republic
  • Chief of state and head of government: President Nicos Anastasiadies (since 2013)- elected by popular vote
  • Greek Cypriots control the only internationally recognized government.  The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is only recognized by Turkey.

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 7/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 8.36/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 78.51 years
  • Total fertility rate: 1.46 children/woman
  • Health expenditures: 7.4% GDP
  • Physician density: 2.33/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 3.5/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.06%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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