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About Cyprus

Basic Data

National name:
Republic of Cyprus (Kypriaki Dimokratia) - Kibris Cumhuriyeti

3,571 sq mi (9,250 sq km)

Population (2005 est.): 780,133 (growth rate: 0.5%)
birth rate: 12.6/1000; infant mortality rate: 7.2/1000; life expectancy: 77.7; density per sq mi: 218

Capital and largest city (2003 est.):
Lefkosia (Nicosia) (in government-controlled area), 197,600

Monetary unit:
Cyprus pound ()

Greek, Turkish (both official); English

Current: Greek 77%, Turkish 18% (each concentrated almost exclusively in separate areas); other 5% (2001)

Greek Orthodox 78%, Islam 18%, Maronite, Armenian Apostolic, and other 4%

Literacy rate:
98% (2003 est.)

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