Cyprus is a great place to live and work.
Aside from our island’s beautiful scenery, rich history and diverse culture, we also have:
All citizens of the EU can live and work in Cyprus. EU nationals can acquire an EU registration certificate via a simple, one-time application with no need for renewal. Non-EU nationals wishing to live and work in Cyprus must apply for a “Temporary Employment and Residence Permit” at the Civil Registry and Migration Department. These permits are known as “pink slips” and must usually be renewed annually.
Our island provides a high standard of living with a mix of Eastern and Western cultures. We have a very diverse population with expatriates making up approximately 20% of our population.
Greek is the national language of Cyprus, however the vast majority of Cypriots speak English and English is the primary language of business. Russian is also widely spoken within professional service firms.
As with many Mediterranean countries, food plays an important role in the Cypriot lifestyle. Food is to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace with friends and family. Cypriot cuisine is a unique blend of Greek and Arab traditions and is said to be one of the healthiest in the world.
Our island’s well-developed tourism industry means a wide variety of activities and entertainment are available. Cypriot culture focuses on relaxation. With the weather and beautiful scenery, it is easy for visitors to fall in love with the island.
Cyprus enjoys the most sunshine in Europe, with over 340 days of sun annually. The climate is typical of the southern Mediterranean with long, hot summers and very mild winters.
Cyprus has held the title for the cleanest beaches in Europe for the past 10 years, with all 57 of its beaches receiving prestigious “blue flag” status from the European Environment Agency. In addition to our sunshine and world renowned beaches, the island’s Troodos mountain range has a summit of over 2000 meters and is home to a small ski resort. Snowfall occurs in the winter months making Cyprus one of the few places in the world where you can spend a morning on the slopes and an afternoon on the beach.
The island has two well-connected airports. A smaller airport is located next to the western coastal town of Paphos, with the main international airport in the city of Larnaca.
Nicosia is the island’s capital and is a main business centre. It’s located in the centre of Cyprus, approximately half an hour’s drive from Larnaca international airport. Limassol is the country’s main trade centre, one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean and a key business centre on the island. Limassol is located on the southern coast, approximately one hour’s drive from Nicosia and 30 minute’s drive from both of the island’s airports.