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Cyprus[lower-alpha 6] (/ˈsaɪprəs/ (listen)), officially the Republic of Cyprus,[lower-alpha 7] is an island country located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. It is geographically in Western Asia, but its cultural ties and geopolitics are overwhelmingly Southeastern European. Cyprus is the third-largest and third-most populous island in the Mediterranean. It is located north of Egypt, east of Greece, south of Turkey, and west of Lebanon and Syria. Its capital and largest city is Nicosia. The northeast portion of the island is de facto governed by the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a claim not recognised by the international community.
Republic of Cyprus
|Anthem: Ὕμνος εἰς τὴν Ἐλευθερίαν[lower-alpha 1]|
"Hymn to Liberty"
and largest city
(2020; including Northern Cyprus)
|Government||Unitary presidential republic|
|Legislature||House of Representatives|
|Independence from the United Kingdom|
|19 February 1959|
• Independence proclaimed
|16 August 1960|
|1 October 1960|
• Joined the EU
|1 May 2004|
• Total[lower-alpha 3]
|9,251 km2 (3,572 sq mi) (162nd)|
• Water (%)
• 2021 estimate
|1,244,188[lower-alpha 3] (158th)|
• 2011 census
|123.4[lower-alpha 3]/km2 (319.6/sq mi) (82nd)|
|GDP (PPP)||2023 estimate|
|$49.857 billion (124th)|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2023 estimate|
|$30.864 billion (105th)|
• Per capita
|Gini (2021)|| 29.4|
|HDI (2021)|| 0.896|
very high · 29th
|Currency||Euro (€) (EUR)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
• Summer (DST)
|ISO 3166 code||CY|
|Internet TLD||.cy[lower-alpha 5]|
The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Cyprus was settled by Mycenaean Greeks in two distinct waves in the 2nd millennium BC. These waves of Greek settlement left a lasting impact on the island's culture, language, and architecture. Archaeological remains include the well-preserved ruins from the Hellenistic period such as Salamis and Kourion, and Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world. As a strategic location in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus was occupied by several ancient powers. The island was successively ruled by the Assyrian, Egyptian, and Persian empires before Alexander the Great seized it in 333 BC. Subsequently, Cyprus was included in the Ptolemaic Kingdom before becoming a part of the Classical and Eastern Roman Empire. During part of this period, Arab caliphates briefly held joint control of the island along with the Romans. The thousand year long Roman presence on Cyprus was brought to an end during the Third Crusade, after which the French Lusignan dynasty took control of the island. Then followed rule by the Venetians, from which Cyprus was subsequently conquered by the Ottomans in 1571.
Cyprus was placed under the United Kingdom's administration based on the Cyprus Convention in 1878 and was formally annexed by the UK in 1914. During British rule, the future of Cyprus became a matter of disagreement between the island's inhabitants; with the Greek Cypriot majority, which consisted of 77% of the total population, pursuing union with Greece (Enosis), while the Turkish Cypriot minority (18%) initially favoured British rule and later the partition of Cyprus.
Following an armed campaign in the 1950s, Cyprus was granted independence in 1960. The crisis of 1963–64, which escalated intercommunal violence between Greeks and Turks, resulted in the displacement of more than 25,000 Turkish Cypriots into enclaves: 56–59  and led to the withdrawal of Turkish Cypriots from government and other state institutions. On 15 July 1974, a coup d'état was staged by Dimitrios Ioannides; a military dictator in Greece supported by the paramilitary organisation EOKA B and mutineers in the Cypriot National Guard, in an attempt at enosis. This action precipitated the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on 20 July, which led to the military occupation of the present-day territory of Northern Cyprus and the displacement of over 150,000 Greek Cypriots and 50,000 Turkish Cypriots. A separate Turkish Cypriot state in the north was established by unilateral declaration in 1983; the move was widely condemned by the international community, with Turkey alone recognising the new state. These events and the resulting political situation are matters of a continuing dispute.
Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. With an advanced, high-income economy and a very high Human Development Index, the Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement until it joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. On 1 January 2008, the Republic of Cyprus joined the Eurozone.