1.1 Q: Why should I organize a conference in Cyprus?
A: Cyprus combines a remarkable array of services, sights and attractions into such a small space: great infrastructure, excellent venues and hotels, museums and archaeological sites, throbbing beach resorts, medieval fortresses, age-old temples and Cool Mountains. Even though Cyprus is a European Union member, its unique location between three continents, combined with the very high standard of living and excellent climate (around 340 days of sunshine every year), make Cyprus one of the most attractive meeting places of the world.
1.2 Q: Is Cyprus now a full member of the European Union?
A: The Republic of Cyprus has been an official member state of the EU since May 1st 2004.
1.3 Q: What is the official language in Cyprus?
A: The official language is Greek. However, English is the second language and is understood and spoken by almost everybody. In addition, many people speak fluently French, German, Russian, Spanish, and many other languages.
1.4 Q: What is the official currency in Cyprus?
A: The currency of the Republic is the Euro (€). People may also exchange other currencies for the Euro at any bank or at their hotel (may be a higher rate). The design of the Cypriot euro coins:
- 1 cent, 2 cent and 5 cent: The Mouflon, the most characteristic species of fauna in Cyprus, representing the island’s nature and wildlife.
- 10 cent, 20 cent and 50 cent: The Kyrenia ship of 4th Century B.C., representing Cyprus’s history and its character as an island as well as its importance in trade.
- 1 and 2 Euro: The Idol of Pomos, a cross-shaped idol dating back to the Cypriot chalcolithic period (3000 B.C.), found in Pomos, a village in the district of Paphos. It is a characteristic example of prehistoric art in Cyprus, representing the island’s antiquity, culture and civilization.
1.5 Q: What is the political situation in Cyprus?
A: Cyprus gained EU membership in 2004; however this only applies in practice to the Greek Cypriot community.
In 1974 Cyprus was divided de facto when the Turkish army occupied the northern third of the island. The political situation in the occupied area of Cyprus, which is not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, is NOT a recognized state, it is dominated by the presence of the Turkish occupation forces, the Turkish mainland settlers and the overwhelming influence of Turkey.
1.6 Q: What voltage is used in Cyprus?
A: The voltage on the island is 240V. Socket outlets are flat 3 pin-type (English standard). Adaptors are available at most convenience stores and in most cases you may be able to borrow one at a charge from your hotel reception.