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Intro into Cyprus

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and is located in the northeastern area of the Mediterranean Sea. With a population of only 700 000, large areas of the island remain completely unspoiled.

While independence was achieved in August 1960 a Turkish invasion in 1974, 37% of the island remains under Turkish rule. The so-called 'Green Line' border that cuts directly through the capital, Nicosia divides the country, now the last remaining divided capital in Europe. Since the Turkish army took control of the northern third of the island UN peacekeeping forces have maintained a truce between the two sides with all attempts to date to find a solution failing.

The majority of the population is Greek Cypriot, and they follow the Christian Orthodox religion. The main language spoken is Greek but English is widely spoken, along with German, in the tourist areas.

Despite its political problems, Cyprus is a modern country and visitors will discover a country with clean beaches and rugged mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and amazing ancient ruins. This is a small island, but definitely worth visiting. For more information on the island go to

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