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35 N and 33 E. Location. Cyprus, with an area of 9,251 sq km, the coordinates of 35 N and 33 E, lies at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, at the intersection of the busy shipping and air routes linking the three continents.
1.16 million. Population. Cyprus has an estimated population of 1.16 million (2015). 67 per cent of people live in urban areas. Life expectancy: male – 78, female – 81 years. The population is comprised of Greek Cypriots (approximately 80 per cent) and Turkish Cypriots, and small populations of Armenians, Maronites and ‘Latins’ (Roman Catholics of European origin). The population of the occupied north was estimated at 257,000 in 2005, and included around 160,000 illegal Turkish settlers. Last estimates show a growing population of expatriate-residents: Russians, British, and many others nationals (approximately 20 per cent).
3 Languages. The official languages are Greek and Turkish. English is widely spoken.
78% Cypriot Orthodox Church. Religion. Most Greek Cypriots belong to the autocephalous Cypriot Orthodox Church (78%); most Turkish Cypriots are Sunni Muslims (20%). There are small religious groups of Maronites, Armenians, Roman Catholics and Anglicans. According to Eurobarometer 2005, Cyprus is the second most religious state in the European UnionCommunications. Country code 357; internet domain „.cy”. Mobile phone coverage is good on the coast and in big cities. Internet is slow and expensive.
10 Public holidays. New Year’s Day, Epiphany (6 January), Greek Independence Day (25 March), EOKA Day (1 April), Labour Day (1 May), Assumption (15 August), Independence Day (1 October), Ochi Day (28 October), Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day (26 December). Fixed-date holidays falling on Saturday or Sunday are not movable.
Religious and other festivals whose dates vary from year to year include Green Monday (start of Lent, 50 days before Greek Orthodox Easter), Good Friday (Greek Orthodox), Easter Monday (Greek Orthodox) and Kataklysmos (Pentecost, 50 days after Greek Orthodox Easter).