Life in Cyprus
Cyprus is one of the warmest islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Cypriots are a mixture of many trading nations of the Mediterranean. The people are open, frank and friendly to foreigners, while being astute businessmen. They are among the most hospitable people on earth, always making you feel at home
on the island. Cyprus enjoys a very low crime rate in comparison to other competitive Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. The crime rate is only one tenth of the average rate of the other European countries.
The official language of Cyprus is Greek, but due to the fact that Cyprus was once a British colony, and today is heavily dependent on tourism, more than 90% of the population speaks English. As a result all street signs, direction signs, shop signs, restaurant menus, etc are written in English. Knowledge of French, Russian and German is increasing due to the island's tourist trade.