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Cyprus - Introduction 2001
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Background: Independence from the UK was approved in 1960 with constitutional guarantees by the Greek Cypriot majority to the Turkish Cypriot minority. In 1974 a Greek-sponsored attempt to seize the government was met by military intervention from Turkey which soon controlled almost 40% of the island. In 1983 the Turkish-held area declared itself the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' but it is recognized only by Turkey. UN-led talks on the status of Cyprus resumed in December 1999 to prepare the ground for meaningful negotiations leading to a comprehensive settlement.

Cyprus - Geography 2001
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Location: Middle East island in the Mediterranean Sea south of Turkey

Geographic coordinates: 35 00 N 33 00 E

Map referenceMiddle East

Total: 9,250 km² (of which 3,355 km² are in the Turkish Cypriot area)
Land: 9,240 km²
Water: 10 km²
Comparative: about 0.6 times the size of Connecticut

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 648 km

Maritime claims
Continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Territorial sea: 12 NM

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

Extremes lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 m
Extremes highest point: Olympus 1,951 m

Natural resources: copper pyrites asbestos gypsum timber salt marble clay earth pigment
Land use

Land use
Arable land: 12%
Permanent crops: 5%
Permanent pastures: 0%
Forests and woodland: 13%
Other: 70% (1993 est.)

Irrigated land: 390 km² (1993 est.)

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards: moderate earthquake activity; droughts


Cyprus - People 2001
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Population: 762,887 (July 2001 est.)
Growth rate: 0.59% (2001 est.)
Below poverty line: NA%

Noun: Cypriot
Adjective: Cypriot

Ethnic groups: Greek 78% (99.5% of the Greeks live in the Greek Cypriot area; 0.5% of the Greeks live in the Turkish Cypriot area) Turkish 18% (1.3% of the Turks live in the Greek Cypriot area; 98.7% of the Turks live in the Turkish Cypriot area) other 4% (99.2% of the other ethnic groups live in the Greek Cypriot area; 0.8% of the other ethnic groups live in the Turkish Cypriot area)

Languages: Greek Turkish English

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

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure
0-14 years: 22.95% (male 89,532; female 85,518)
15-64 years: 66.26% (male 255,368; female 250,140)
65 years and over: 10.79% (male 35,864; female 46,465) (2001 est.)

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate: 0.59% (2001 est.)

Birth rate: 13.08 births/1000 population (2001 est.)

Death rate: 7.65 deaths/1000 population (2001 est.)

Net migration rate: 0.44 migrant(s)/1000 population (2001 est.)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: water resource problems (no natural reservoir catchments seasonal disparity in rainfall sea water intrusion to island's largest aquifer increased salination in the north); water pollution from sewage and industrial wastes; coastal degradation; loss of wildlife habitats from urbanization
International agreements party to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
International agreements signed but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants

Air pollutants

Sex ratio
At birth: 1.05 male/female
Under 15 years: 1.05 male/female
15-64 years: 1.02 male/female
65 years and over: 0.77 male/female
Total population: 1 male/female (2001 est.)

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 7.89 deaths/1000 live births (2001 est.)

Life expectancy at birth
Total population: 76.89 years
Male: 74.6 years
Female: 79.3 years (2001 est.)

Total fertility rate: 1.93 children born/woman (2001 est.)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access

Adult prevalence rate: 0.1% (1999 est.)
People living with hivaids: 400 (1999 est.)
Deaths: NA

Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Total population: 94%
Male: 98%
Female: 91% (1987 est.)

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Cyprus - Government 2001
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Country name
Conventional long form: Republic of Cyprus
Conventional short form: Cyprus
Note: the Turkish Cypriot area refers to itself as the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' (TRNC)

Government type
Note: a disaggregation 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 after a Greek junta-based 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; both sides publicly support a settlement based on a federation (Greek Cypriot position) or confederation (Turkish Cypriot position)

Capital: Nicosia

Administrative divisions: 6 districts; Famagusta Kyrenia Larnaca Limassol Nicosia Paphos; note - Turkish Cypriot area's administrative divisions include Kyrenia all but a small part of Famagusta and small parts of Lefkosa (Nicosia) and Larnaca

Dependent areas

Independence: 16 August 1960 (from UK); note - Turkish Cypriot area proclaimed self-rule on 13 February 1975

National holiday: Independence Day 1 October (1960); note - Turkish Cypriot area celebrates 15 November (1983) as Independence Day

Constitution: 16 August 1960; negotiations to create the basis for a new or revised constitution to govern the island and to better relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots have been held intermittently; in 1975 Turkish Cypriots created their own constitution and governing bodies within the 'Turkish Federated State of Cyprus' which was renamed the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' in 1983; a new constitution for the Turkish Cypriot area passed by referendum on 5 May 1985

Legal system: based on common law with civil law modifications

International law organization participation


Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Executive branch
Chief of state: President Glafcos CLERIDES (since 28 February 1993); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government; post of vice president is currently vacant; under the 1960 constitution, the post is reserved for a Turkish Cypriot
Head of government: President Glafcos CLERIDES (since 28 February 1993); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government; post of vice president is currently vacant; under the 1960 constitution, the post is reserved for a Turkish Cypriot
Cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed jointly by the president and vice president
Elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 15 February 1998 (next to be held NA February 2003)
Election results: Glafcos CLERIDES reelected president; percent of vote - Glafcos CLERIDES 50.8%, George IAKOVOU 49.2%
Note: Rauf R. DENKTASH has been 'president' of the Turkish Cypriot area since 13 February 1975 ('president' elected by popular vote for a five-year term); elections last held 15 April 2000 (next to be held NA April 2005); results - Rauf R. DENKTASH reelected president after the other contender withdrew; Dervis EROGLU has been 'prime minister' of the Turkish Cypriot area since 16 August 1996; there is a Council of Ministers (cabinet) in the Turkish Cypriot area

Legislative branch
Elections: Greek Cypriot area: last held 27 May 2001 (next to be held NA May 2006); Turkish Cypriot area: last held 6 December 1998 (next to be held NA December 2003)
Election results: Greek Cypriot area: House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - AKEL (Communist) 20, DISY 19, DIKO 9, KISOS 4, others 4; Turkish Cypriot area: Assembly of the Republic - percent of vote by party - UBP 40.3%, DP 22.6%, TKP 15.4%, CTP 13.4%, UDP 4.6%, YBH 2.5%, BP 1.2%; seats by party - UBP 24, DP 13, TKP 7, CTP 6

Judicial branch
Note: there is also a Supreme Court in the Turkish Cypriot area

Political parties and leaders: Greek Cypriot area: Democratic Party or DIKO [Tassos PAPADOPOULOS]; Democratic Rally or DISY [Nikos ANASTASIADHIS]; Restorative Party of the Working People or AKEL (Communist Party) [Dimitrios CHRISTOFIAS]; Social Democrats Movement or KISOS (formerly United Democratic Union of Cyprus or EDEK) [Vassos LYSSARIDIS]; United Democrats Movement or EDE (formerly Free Democrats Movement or KED) [George VASSILIOU]; Turkish Cypriot area: Communal Liberation Party or TKP [Mustafa AKINCI]; Democratic Party or DP [Salih COSAR]; National Birth Party or UDP [Enver EMIN]; National Unity Party or UBP [Dervis EROGLU]; Our Party or BP [Okyay SADIKOGLU]; Patriotic Unity Movement or YBH [Izzet IZCAN]; Republican Turkish Party or CTP [Mehmet ALI TALAT]

International organization participation: Australia Group C CCC CE EBRD ECE EU (applicant) FAO G-77 IAEA IBRD ICAO ICC ICFTU IDA IFAD IFC IFRCS (associate) IHO ILO IMF IMO Inmarsat Intelsat Interpol IOC IOM ISO ITU NAM NSG OAS (observer) OPCW OSCE PCA UN UNCTAD UNESCO UNIDO UPU WCL WFTU WHO WIPO WMO WToO WTrO

Diplomatic representation
In the us chief of mission: Ambassador Erato KOZAKOU-MARCOULLIS
In the us chancery: 2,211 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20,008
In the us telephone: [1] (202) 462-5,772
In the us fax: [1] (202) 483-6,710
In the us consulates general: New York
In the us note: representative of the Turkish Cypriot area in the US is Ahmet ERDENGIZ; office at 1667 K Street NW, Washington, DC; telephone [1] (202) 887-6,198
From the us chief of mission: Ambassador Donald K. BANDLER
From the us embassy: corner of Metochiou and Ploutarchou Streets, Engomi, 2,407 Nicosia
From the us mailing address: P. O. Box 4,536, FPO AE 9,836
From the us telephone: [357] (2) 776,400
From the us fax: [357] (2) 780,944

Flag descriptionflag of Cyprus
Note: the Turkish Cypriot flag has a horizontal red stripe at the top and bottom between which is a red crescent and red star on a white field

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Cyprus - Economy 2001
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Economy overview: Economic affairs are affected by the division of the country. The Greek Cypriot economy is prosperous but highly susceptible to external shocks. Erratic growth rates in the 1990s reflect the economy's vulnerability to swings in tourist arrivals caused by political instability on the island and fluctuations in economic conditions in Western Europe. Economic policy is focused on meeting the criteria for admission to the EU. As in the Turkish sector water shortage is a growing problem and several desalination plants are planned. The Turkish Cypriot economy has about one-fifth the population and one-third the per capita GDP of the south. Because it is recognized only by Turkey it has had much difficulty arranging foreign financing and foreign firms have hesitated to invest there. It remains heavily dependent on agriculture and government service which together employ about half of the work force. Moreover the small vulnerable economy has suffered because the Turkish lira is legal tender. To compensate for the economy's weakness Turkey provides direct and indirect aid to tourism education industry etc.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate: Greek Cypriot area: 4.2% (2000 est.); Turkish Cypriot area: 4.9% (1999 est.)

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: potatoes citrus vegetables barley grapes olives vegetables

Industries: food beverages textiles chemicals metal products tourism wood products

Industrial production growth rate: Greek Cypriot area: 2.2% (1999); Turkish Cypriot area: -0.3% (1999)

Labor force: Greek Cypriot area: 291,000; Turkish Cypriot area: 86,300 (2000)
By occupation Greek Cypriot area  services: 73%
By occupation industry: 22.8%
By occupation agriculture: 20.8% (1998)
By occupation (2000); Turkish Cypriot area  services: 56.4%
Labor force

Unemployment rate: Greek Cypriot area: 3.6% (2000 est.); Turkish Cypriot area: 6% (1998 est.)

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line: NA%

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share
Lowest 10: NA%
Highest 10: NA%

Distribution of family income gini index

Revenues: Greek Cypriot area - $2.9 billion (2000 est.); Turkish Cypriot area - $294 million (2000 est.)
Expenditures: Greek Cypriot area - $3.2 billion, including capital expenditures of $324 million (2000 est.); Turkish Cypriot $495 million, including capital expenditures of $60 million (2000 est.)

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: calendar year

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices: Greek Cypriot area: 4.2% (2000 est.); Turkish Cypriot area: 58% (1999 est.)

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: Greek Cypriot area: $1 billion (f.o.b. 1999 est.); Turkish Cypriot area: $51.1 million (f.o.b. 1999)
Commodities: Greek Cypriot area: citrus potatoes grapes wine cement clothing and shoes; Turkish Cypriot area: citrus potatoes textiles
Partners: Greek Cypriot area: UK 17.3% Greece 9.7% Russia 7.0% Lebanon 5.2% (1999); Turkish Cypriot area: Turkey 51% UK 31% other EU 16.5% (1999)

Imports: Greek Cypriot area: $3.6 billion (f.o.b. 1999 est.); Turkish Cypriot area: $402 million (f.o.b. 1999)
Commodities: Greek Cypriot area: consumer goods petroleum and lubricants food and feed grains machinery; Turkish Cypriot area: food minerals chemicals machinery
Partners: Greek Cypriot area: UK 11.2% US 10.6% Italy 8.8% Greece 8.2% Germany 6.7% (1999); Turkish Cypriot area: Turkey 58.6% UK 12.5% other EU 13% (1999)

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: Greek Cypriot area: $NA; Turkish Cypriot area: $NA

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Cypriot pounds per US dollar - 0.6146 (January 2001) 0.6208 (2000) 0.5423 (1999) 0.5170 (1998) 0.5135 (1997) 0.4663 (1996); Turkish liras per US dollar - 677,621 (December 2000) 625,219 (2000) 418,783 (1999) 260,724 (1998) 151,865 (1997) 81,405 (1996)

Cyprus - Energy 2001
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Electricity access

Electricity production: 2.951 billion kWh (1999); Turkish Cypriot area: NA kWh
By source fossil fuel: 100%
By source hydro: 0%
By source nuclear: 0%
By source other: 0% (1999)

Electricity consumption: 2.744 billion kWh (1999); Turkish Cypriot area: NA kWh

Electricity exports: 0 kWh (1999)

Electricity imports: 0 kWh (1999)

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Cyprus - Communication 2001
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular: Greek Cypriot area: 68,000 (1998); Turkish Cypriot area: 70,000 (1999)

Telephone system
General assessment: excellent in both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot areas
Domestic: open wire, fiber-optic cable, and microwave radio relay
International: tropospheric scatter; 3 coaxial and 5 fiber-optic submarine cables; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean and 2 Indian Ocean), 2 Eutelsat, 2 Intersputnik, and 1 Arabsat

Broadcast media

Internet country code: .cy

Internet users: 80,000 (2000)

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Cyprus - Military 2001
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Military expenditures
Dollar figure: $370 million (FY00)
Percent of gdp: 4.2% (FY00)

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Cyprus - Transportation 2001
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 15 (2000 est.)
With paved runways total: 12
With paved runways 2438 to 3047 m: 7
With paved runways 15-24 to 2437 m: 1
With paved runways 914 to 1523 m: 3
With paved runways under 914 m: 1 (2000 est.)
With unpaved runways total: 3
With unpaved runways 914 to 1523 m: 1
With unpaved runways under 914 m: 2 (2000 est.)

Airports with paved runways
Total: 12
2438 to 3047 m: 7
15-24 to 2437 m: 1
914 to 1523 m: 3
Under 914 m: 1 (2000 est.)

Airports with unpaved runways
Total: 3
914 to 1523 m: 1
Under 914 m: 2 (2000 est.)

Heliports: 7 (2000 est.)


Railways: 0 km


Waterways: none

Merchant marine
Total: 1,328 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 22,905,542 GRT/36,312,219 DWT
Ships by type: barge carrier 2, bulk 431, cargo 438, chemical tanker 23, combination bulk 36, combination ore/oil 4, container 140, liquefied gas 6, passenger 8, passenger/cargo 1, petroleum tanker 143, refrigerated cargo 40, roll on/roll off 42, short-sea passenger 9, specialized tanker 2, vehicle carrier 3
Note: includes some foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: Austria 8, Belgium 7, China 10, Cuba 10, Denmark 2, Germany 79, Greece 385, Hong Kong 9, Croatia 2, India 5, Iran 1, Israel 4, Italy 2, Japan 19, South Korea 3, Latvia 10, Lithuania 1, Monaco 1, Netherlands 13, Norway 11, Poland 9, Portugal 3, Russia 42, Singapore 1, Spain 5, Sudan 2, Sweden 3, Switzerland 2, UAE 6, UK 8, Ukraine 2, US 9, Venezuela 2 (2000 est.)

Ports and terminals

Cyprus - Transnational issues 2001
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Disputes international: 1974 hostilities divided the island into two de facto autonomous areas a Greek Cypriot area controlled by the internationally recognized Cypriot Government (59% of the island's land area) and a Turkish-Cypriot area (37% of the island) that are separated by a UN buffer zone (4% of the island); there are two UK sovereign base areas mostly within the Greek Cypriot portion of the island

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs

Economy Bookings

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