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Cyprus Facts

Facts about Cyprus



Total 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


1,138,071 (July 2012 est.)


Greek, Turkish, English


total population: 97.6%
male: 98.9%
female: 96.3% (2001 census)


Greek Orthodox 78%, Muslim 18%, Maronite, Armenian Apostolic, and other 4%

Life Expectancy

total population: 78 years
male: 75.21 years
female: 80.92 years (2012 est.)

Government Type

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 that followed a Greek junta-supported coup attempt 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), recognized only by Turkey


Greek Cypriot area: Cypriot pound (CYP); Turkish Cypriot area: Turkish lira (TRL)

GDP (per capita)

Republic of Cyprus: purchasing power parity - $23.57 billion (2012 est.)

Labour Force

416,900 (2012 est.)


$1.889 billion f.o.b. (2012 est.)


$7.716 billion f.o.b (2012 est.)

Natural Resources

copper, pyrites, asbestos, gypsum, timber, salt, marble, clay earth pigment

Telephones (main lines in use)

405,000 (2011)

Telephones (mobile cellular)

1.09 million (2011)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Internet hosts: 252,013 (2012)
Internet users: 433,900 (2009)

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