Quality of Life

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Cyprus offers a wonderful environment for a very contented quality of life and Cyprus ranks as the 23th highest in the world in quality of life. By European standards Cyprus is inexpensive to live a comfortable standard lifestyle and the very low crime rate encourages many foreign investors to live in Cyprus

The official languages of the Republic of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish. English is widely spoken by almost everybody. Mainly in the coastal areas, Russian is often spoken in retail shops and restaurants, and restaurant menus are often printed in Russian as well.

European Union

Cyprus became a full member of the European Union on May 1, 2004 and in 2008 joined the European Monetary Union. With its interesting and colourful history, its excellent culture, and its commitment to the values of democracy, freedom and justice the EU accession opened a new era of great prospects and responsibilities for Cyprus.

Crime Rate

Cyprus enjoys a very low crime rate and is one of the safest countries in Europe. As per the statistics of Interpol, the crime rate of Cyprus is only 6 % of the crime rate of the United Kingdom, only 8 % of the crime rate of Germany, and only 30 % of the crime rate of Spain.

Education

Various public and private universities, mainly with lessons in English, offer a wide range of courses and graduations.
On the level of junior and secondary education, schools for Russian, Armenian, Arab, French and English speaking pupils are serving the respective communities.

Coasts & Beaches

Cyprus beach LarnacaWith hundreds of kilometres of shoreline lapped by the crystal clear blue waters, Cyprus has a wealth of beaches to choose from. From fine white sandy beaches with shallow turquoise waters to deep water rocky bays perfect for snorkelling. Most of the beaches are excellently organised, clean and provide superb facilities including lifeguards, umbrellas, sun beds, water sports, toilets and changing rooms.

The eastern coast is famous for its fine white sandy beaches with shallow turquoise waters. Deep water bays with rocky outcrops are perfect for snorkelling or diving. The long finely packed grey sand of the southern coast lend themselves to long winter walks or jogging, while the secluded coves of the western coast beckon when you want to be alone. Beach lovers may choose from a wide range from luxury beach establishments of hotels to secluded natural bays.

More than 50 beaches in Cyprus were awarded the Blue Flag external on the basis of environmental management criteria covering sewage treatment, coastal planning and protection, bathing water quality, safety and services and environmental education.

The Blue Flag is an exclusive eco-label awarded to over 3200 beaches and marinas in 36 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean.

Various water sport activities are available at almost all locations. Diving, wind surfing and sailing is popular, and the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship took place in Limassol from 13 -20 July 2013.

Wine & Dine

commandariaCyprus is rightfully proud of its long history of wine production of at least 5.500 years, as proven by findings of pottery fragments in 1932 and 1935, bearing traces of tartaric acid, a component of wine. Wine was being traded at least as early as 2300 BC, the date of a shipwreck (similar to the Kyrenia ship) carrying over 2,500 amphorae, discovered in 1999. Its origin and destination are unknown, but must have been along the trade route between Greece and Egypt.

The first vine planted in Madeira was from cuttings of vineyards in Cyprus, brought by Genoese maritime traders. The most famous wine of Cyprus is the Commandaria, a sweet dessert wine, somehow similar to Sherry Cream from Jerez, South Spain. During the period of the Lusignans, Commandaria wine won the Battle of the Wines, the first recorded wine tasting competition in the world, which was staged by the French king Philip Augustus in the 13th century. The event was recorded in a poem by Henry d'Andeli in 1224. Commandaria is today produced in various quality levels, including fine Commandaria aged more than 30 years. We highly recommend to try wines which are produced from local grape varieties such as very refreshing white Xinisteri or the famous red Maratheftiko, which does not need to avoid comparison with excellent Bordeaux wines and which was the initial grape for the production of Madeira wines.

Euroserv Cyprus food-2The Cyprus cuisine is famous and preferred for its local and natural ingredients. If there is one main element that characterizes the Cypriot cuisine, it is its freshness. The other is the variety of dishes that you will find in Cyprus. Dishes of Cyprus cuisine reflect the influences of neighbouring cultures through centuries and even millenniums.

The traditional Cypriot meal is the 'meze' which consists of many dishes like stifado, koupepia, delicious dips, tavas, moussaka, chiromeri, fresh olives etc. All these are enjoyed along with the island's excellent wines. Halloumi, Cyprus popular cheese enjoys high popularity worldwide. It is commonly served as an appetizer either fresh or grilled. Halloumi is a white cheese produced originally from goat milk, with a distinctive layered texture, somehow similar tomozzarellaand with a salty flavour. It can be consumed fresh, fried in butter or grilled.


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The Cyprus cuisine offers some unique and interesting meet products like “lountza” (fillet of pork matured in a brine of red wine and spices for about two weeks, and then smoked in natural smoke), “hiromeri” (a traditional cut produced only in Cyprus by a process that takes months to complete, it is smoked leg of pork, matured in wine and has an extended shelf life, it slightly reminds Parma ham; a very tasty delicacy!), “loukanika” (a pork sausage matured in red wine and spices, and then smoked), “pastourma” (a smoked beef sausage with garlic, coriander and often a hint of cinnamon).

In addition, seafood is also popular in a typical Cyprus meal and it includes sea bass, octopus, squid, red mullet etc. Cucumber and tomato are used widely in salads. Common vegetable preparations include potatoes in olive oil and parsley, pickled cauliflower and beets. Other traditional delicacies of the island are charcoal-grilled lamb, souvlaki (pork and chicken cooked over charcoal), and sheftalia. Pourgouri is the traditional rice of Cyprus  and is used to make the Cypriot delicacy koupes.

Fresh vegetables and fruits are common ingredients in Cypriot cuisine including green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes etc. as well as pears, nectarines, apples, mandarins, figs, grapes, oranges, cherry, strawberries, watermelon, melon etc.

Whether you try a small tavern in Troodos village, a simple fish restaurant somewhere along the coast, or an authentic restaurant in one of the cities, you will surely discover new tastes that charm your palate and that you will not easily forget!

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Culture & Religion

Panagia Lysis CyprusWith its history of more than 12.000 years since the first (so far known) settlement, Cyprus is proud of its rich culture and diversification of religions.

Almost all ancient and medieval cultures of the greater area played their roles and left their traces. Just to name the main ones that stayed in Cyprus for longer and had its influence on the people of Cyprus and their culture: Mycenaean Greeks, people from Ugarit, the Hittites, Achaean Greeks, Dorian Greeks, the Phoenicians, Assyrians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Maronites, Lusignans, the Genoese, Venetians, Ottomans, British rule, and finally the independence as the Republic of Cyprus in 1960.

Such a colourful, but often painful history was the melting pot of what Cyprus is today. Although dominated by the Greek culture, Cyprus is much more diversified than Greece – and thus much more interesting, and charms both residents and visitors alike.

Cyprus was the first place were Christianity spread from the Holy Land, today’s Israel. While the dominating religion today is the Cyprus Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholics, Maronite Christians, the Armenian Church, Protestants and Anglicans, Muslims, Jews and even a Buddhist temple can be found in Cyprus!

 

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