Moving to Cyprus

Paphos - one of the most popular destinations for moving to CyprusMoving to Cyprus offers a Mediterranean experience of a different kind. It expresses and displays a variety of cultural influences, having been part of the Roman Empire, a British colony and, most recently, being divided between the North and South following the Turkish invasion.

While tradition still runs strong and deep through the island’s sun-kissed villages, Cyprus is open and welcoming to foreigners who wish to holiday or live there.
The population of Cyprus is divided about four to one in terms of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and land occupation follows a similar ratio when comparing the Turkish north and Greek Cypriot south. Following the conflict between them, the two sides are divided along the ‘Green Line’, created by the United Nations as a buffer zone.
Development has been slower in the north, however, the recent financial crisis might have levelled out the disparities between it and the south, bringing them to a more equal standing than ever before. As a result, the north poses a viable option for people moving to Cyprus, especially since the cost of living continues to be cheaper than in the south.
As with any location, holiday and residential experiences tend to differ rather substantially. Firstly, the size of the island is something very few take note of if they have not travelled around sufficiently and even though it comprises of different villages, their distance from one another, as well as their density, reflects the fact that Cyprus is very small.
Secondly, getting on with locals both socially and professionally might prove more difficult for the entrepreneurial expat since, especially in more recent times, the air of competition and scepticism in the current, struggling economy has become a concern. It should be noted that, since the 2013 banking crisis, uncertainty and insecurity run high among those currently working in Cyprus and those wishing to work there. Employment opportunities are not as plentiful as they were and investment risk has peaked.
This is not to undermine the sincere warmth of Cypriot people, who are open and welcoming to newcomers but it also depends on the kind of attitude and approach expats adopt in appreciating the culture of Cyprus and wanting to be a part of its local communities.
For those who demand and are accustomed to smooth and efficient administration, the Cypriot mode may prove a little more than frustrating. The systems and processes are not executed with the greatest of haste and this pertains to government, banking and utilities, among others.
Cyprus has developed significantly over the past decade with regards to infrastructure and service provision but it should be kept in mind that it still operates at a laidback pace.
When it comes to eating and entertainment, however, Cypriots are as passionate as they come. The cuisine caters for different tastes and is often described as somewhat of a fusion of cultural flavours. Traditional food is most strongly and unsurprisingly linked to that of Greece and Turkey, consisting of slow roasts, stews, kebabs and assorted appetisers commonly known as mezze.  Whether dining out or in, the authentic quality and home-made feel adds heart and warmth to the ritual of daily eating.
While the Cypriot dialect of Greek is still the most widely spoken language, English is also spoken and understood by many of the locals, particularly in the younger generations. English is also prevalent with signage and helps to make both communicating and getting around Cyprus less of a feat for non-Greek visitors and residents.
Expats old and young will find most of their wants and needs met, whether it is to experience hot summers on the beautiful beaches, drives through the mountains and winding forests, or to visit the island’s various monuments and ancient monasteries.
From its unique and quaint villages, the orchards and vineyards that stretch boundlessly over its hilltops, to ancient architecture which speaks volumes of history and inspires a sense of mystical pasts; Cyprus remains a tiny treasure in vast waters and one which inspires interest for many expats looking for somewhere to retire or begin a new chapter.

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