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About Cyprus

Basic Data


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


Area:
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 ()


Languages:
Greek, Turkish (both official); English


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


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


Literacy rate:
98% (2003 est.)

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