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Cyprus Government


Background: A former British colony, Cyprus became independent in 1960 following years of resistance to British rule.

Country Name: conventional long form: Republic of Cyprus

Conventional short form: Cyprus

Local long form: Kypriaki

Capital of Cyprus: name: Nicosia (Lefkosia)

Geographic coordinates: 35 10 N, 33 22 E

Time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October

Administrive Divisions: 6 districts; Famagusta, Kyrenia, Larnaca, Limassol, Nicosia and Paphos

Note - Turkish Cypriot area's administrative divisions include Kyrenia, all but a small part of Famagusta, and small parts of Lefkosia (Nicosia) and Larnaca

Currency: Euro

Flag of Cyprus: White with a copper-colored silhouette of the island (Cyprus facts: the name Cyprus is derived from the Greek word for copper)above two green crossed olive branches in the center of the flag; the branches symbolize the hope for peace and reconciliation between the Greek and Turkish communities

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Cyprus Geography

Location: Middle East, third largest island (common Cyprus fact) in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily and Sardinia), south of Turkey Area: Total: 9,250 sq km (of which 3,355 sq km are in north Cyprus), land: 9,240 sq km, water: 10 sq km

Coastline: 648 km

Climate: temperate; Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters

Terrain: central plain with mountains to north and south; scattered but significant plains along southern coast

Elevation Extremes: Lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 metres Highest point: Mount Olympus 1,951 metres

Cyprus People

Population: 788,457 (July 2007 est.)

Age Structure: 0-14 years: 19.9% (male 80,273/female 76,826), 15-64 years: 68.3% (male 272,924/female 265,738), 65 years and over: 11.8% (male 40,458/female 52,238) (2007 est.)

Population Growth Rate: 0.527% (2007 est.)

Median Age: total: 35.1 years male: 34.1 years female: 36.2 years (2007 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Greek 77%, Turkish 18%, other 5% (2001)

Cyprus Transportation

Airports: 16 (2007)

Roadways: total: 14,630 km (area under government control: 12,280 km; area administered by Turkish Cypriots: 2,350 km)

Paved: area under government control: 7,979 km (includes 257 km of expressways); area administered by Turkish Cypriots: 1,370 km

Unpaved: area under government control: 4,301 km; area administered by Turkish Cypriots: 980 km (2006)

Cyprus Communications

Telephone System: international: country code - 357 (area administered by Turkish Cypriots uses the country code of Turkey - 90)

Radio Broadcast Stations: area under government control: AM 5, FM 76, shortwave 0 area administered by Turkish Cypriots: AM 1, FM 20, shortwave 1 (2004)

Internet Country Code: .cy




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