Government Type: Republic (note: a separation of the two ethnic communities inhabiting the island began following the outbreak of communal strife in 1963; this separation was further solidified after the Turkish intervention in July 1974, following a Greek military-junta-supported coup attempt that gave the Turkish Cypriots de facto control in the north; Greek Cypriots control the only internationally recognized government; on 15 November 1983 Turkish Cypriot "President" Rauf DENKTASH declared independence and the formation of a "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC"), which is recognized only by Turkey)
Total Area: 3,572 Square Miles
9,251 Square Kilometers
Location: Middle East, island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey
Language: Greek, Turkish, English
Greek, Turkish, English. The official languages are Greek and Turkish. In social exchanges, an informal Cypriot dialect is used.
The Cyprus People
Cypriots are expressive in their greetings. Men hug or slap male friends on the back or shoulder. Women kiss friends on both cheeks. New acquaintances greet each other more formally, whereas friends use first names.
Where to find more out about Cyprus
Cyprus Government Official Site