Guide for expatriates in Nicosia (Cyprus)
We are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Though it is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and technically a part of Europe, Cyprus is much closer to the southern coast of Turkey and the western coast of Syria than to the other Mediterranean countries.
This country of 1.141 million people has been a center of controversy due mostly to the troubles between the majority Greek and minority Turkish populations, as well as Greece and Turkey's frequent interference in the island's politics.
Nicosia is divided by a Green Line into northern Nicosia, the cultural center of the Turkish Cypriot community, and southern Nicosia, the official capital of the Greek Cypriot community.
The Cypriot economy relies heavily on tourism, financial services, real estate, food and beverage processing, and maritime industries. GDP per capita averages about $28,000 per person according to recent estimate. Nicosia itself is the wealthiest per capita city of the Eastern Mediterranean and in 2011 was ranked the 10th richest city in the world in terms of purchasing power.
Besides the abundance of financial services within the city, Nicosia relies primarily on the tourism and shipping Industries. Though Nicosia is not a port (the closest port is Limassol), plenty of shipping companies have offices in the capital.
You will find the usual articles in our guide to prepare your expatriation to Nicosia and manage your life once in there: Overview, Job, Passport, Visa & Permits, International Removal Companies, Finding Accommodation in Cyprus, Work, Benefits and Tax, Moving in, Education, Health, Practical Life (banks, transport, shopping...), Entertainment...
You can also discuss and share experience about Cyprus in our forum.
Last but not least, you can download the full guide in PDF format, in order to read quietly and maybe to upload on your mobile or tablet PC/iPad.