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is the third largest Mediterranean island with a total
area of 3,572 square miles (9,251 sq.km). It is situated
between three continents at the crossroads of one of
the most ancient and traditional sea routes of the world
and is at a flying distance of less than three hours
from the heart of Europe.
strategic location of the island has played an important
role in its continuing development into a financial and
The estimated population of Cyprus is 700,000, 80% of
which are Greek Cypriots, 18% Turkish Cypriots, and 2%
Armenians, Maronites, British and other European expatriates.
Nicosia is the capital of the Republic of Cyprus with
a population of approximately 210,000.
is situated roughly in the centre of the island and is
the seat of government and main commercial centre. Limassol
is situated in the south, has 180,000 inhabitants and
is the main commercial port of Cyprus with a booming tourist
industry. Larnaca and Paphos are the third and fourth
largest towns respectively with populations of 60,000
and 40,000. The latter two are also tourist resorts and
each has an International Airport. The south-east tip
of Cyprus is also an important tourist resort with its
endless coastline of rocky coves and sandy beaches.