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Huge surge in demand for Cyprus passports from UK Cypriots

THE past three years have seen a surge in the demand for Cypriot passports by the UK’s Cypriot community, while over 1,000 passports were expected to be issued this year, it emerged on Thursday.Cypriots living or born in the UK can register for Cypriot citizenship either directly through the ministry of interior, a procedure taking less than a month, or through the Cypriot High Commission in London, where a passport can be secured within three to four months.“Since Read More

Museum dedicated to salt and pepper to open

Of all things, a Salt and Pepper museum is set to open in Larnaca next week. The only other one of its kind is located in Israel and from March 17 Larnaca will host a unique collection of 20,000 salt and pepper shakers that have been gathered from a plethora of countries, communities and cultures.Israeli collector Eitan Bar-On has been gathering them since 2014, with each item holding a unique story, something that makes the museum a place of Read More

Cyprus has over 3,000 hectares of fruit trees

In Cyprus, 3,286 hectares (ha) of land is planted with fruit trees of which 377 ha contains apples, 1.109 ha oranges, 299 ha peaches, 933 ha mandarins, 71 ha pears 186 ha apricots and 312 ha lemons, according to Eurostat.Almost 1.3 million hectares of land in the EU was covered with fruit trees in 2017, according to a five-year data collection project. One third of the area in the EU is taken up with apple orchards and Read More

Athienou wedding sweet makes it to Unesco heritage list

By Evie AndreouAthienou Mayor, Kyriacos Kareklas on Tuesday congratulated the producers of the local loukoumi, a traditional sweet given at weddings, for their high standards and for seeing their product registered on the Unesco National Intangible Cultural Heritage List.The renowned Athienou loukoumi, is a very popular sweet preferred by many couples all over Cyprus as a treat for their wedding guests.Kareklas, in an announcement, thanked the Cypriot national Unesco committee and the education ministry’s cultural services for registering Read More

Beers sales in 2018 the highest ever

Beer sales in Cyprus reached 41 million litres in 2018, the highest since 2002, when records began.According to figures released on Wednesday by the Cyprus Statistical Office, the total deliveries of beer from factories in 2018 reached 40.99 million litres, compared with 39.4 million in 2017. Of this, 39.9 million litres concerned domestic consumption and 1.1 million went to exports. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

Rubik's cubes: more than a momentary whim

It’s the toy which summed up the 80s. Sure there was the Slinky, the Game Boy, and the Atari, but nothing quite equalled the unrivalled joy – and accompanying frustration – of the Rubik’s Cube. The creation of Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor Erno Rubik, nearly 400 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold since its launch and, according to the New York Post, one in every seven people on the planet have – at one time or another – tried to Read More

Revealing the secrets of Cyprus' trees

From rainfall to architecture, the rings of a tree reveal far more than just its ageDendrochronology has more relevance for Cyprus than just the Greek roots of the word.As all Greek speakers know, dendro means tree, chronos time and logos knowledge in ancient Greek.And to the layperson, dendrochronology means counting the rings of a tree when it is cut horizontally to determine its age because a tree grows one ring for each year of life.This has been Read More

The Cyprus Tax System Explained in a Simple Way

In this article we will consider a brief overview of the taxes regarding businesses in Cyprus and some changes made to national tax legislation. The information provided below will allow you to conduct tax planning effectively and minimize the tax burden of your business.Cyprus is a popular jurisdiction for foreign investors and businessmen. The country is a member of the European Union and taxes in Cyprus are lower than any other European country. The Cypriot government implements favorable tax Read More

New webpage allows bank customers to compare charges

The finance ministry on Wednesday officially launched its new webpage where the public can compare bank charges relating to current accounts and other services, in line with a 2014 EU directive.The site has been online for some time and so far has been visited 7,000 times, mostly from Cyprus (92 per cent), the finance ministry said.Charges shown on the website will be updated at regular intervals whenever they are reviewed by banks, the ministry said. Continue reading at Read More

New government helpline available 12 hours a day every day

A new government telephone service is now in place to serve the public every day of the week, the department of public administration announced on Wednesday.By dialling 1434 the public can contact the government seven days a week from 8am until 8pm. The service is available in English as well as Greek.Callers can ask about student grants, information by the social insurance services such as grants, pensions and the provident fund, or information on services for the disabled. Read More

Anastasiades marks World Animal Day with presidential pets

President Nicos Anastasiades spending time with his two dogs. The photo was posted on the president’s official Facebook profile to mark World Animal Day, observed on October 4.Anastasiades reiterated in his message to mark the day that animal welfare and protection was among the priorities of his administration.  Both state and society, he said, ought to show animals the respect they deserve. Source:  Cyprus Read More

Ayia Napa being twinned with Lebanon's Byblos

Ayia Napa is being twinned with the historic Lebanese town of Byblos, the municipality announced on Tuesday.“The first phase of the twinning ceremony between the two cities took place on Saturday, September 29, as part of the events of the 34th International Ayia Napa Festival.The mayor of Ayia Napa Yiannis Karousos and the mayor of Byblos Lebanon Wissam Zaarour, signed the protocol of co-operation in the presence of the minister of interior, Constantinos Petrides. ”Karousos said the twinning’s Read More

Top beaches off the beaten track

Everyone has one. But nobody’s telling. If I had a euro for every time, in the course of my research, someone said “I’ll tell you, but it’s off the record”… well, I’d have at least nine euros! However, a few sharing souls were willing to step up to the plate and pitch their coastal choices. So here we go. Local knowledge, native expertise…A quick note before we begin. This isn’t one of those ‘5 beaches to visit this summer’ or Read More

Blood moon to be visible from Cyprus on July 27

The longest lunar eclipse of the century making the moon look blood red will be visible in Cyprus too from the night of Friday July 27 until the early hours of Saturday July 28.Astronomers expect the main spectacle to last approximately an hour and 43 minutes. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly four hours.In Cyprus, the blood moon will begin with the penumbral eclipse at 20:14 where the Earth’s penumbra will begin touching Read More

Cypriot champion Anna Ioannou breaks world record in closed rowing

Cypriot rowing champion and Limassol Nautical Club coach Anna Ioannou has broken the world record in closed rowing, this time in the 500m with 1:37.2, in the lightweight women’s 19-29 age group.Ioannou broke the world record on March 31, 2018, at the Limassol Nautical Club, in the presence of other athletes of the Club. The previous record was held by Alice Arch from Australia with 1:38.0.The 25-year-old Cypriot world champion broke another record on January 22, Read More

Obtain A Cyprus Passport Via Investment

The investor and his/her adult family members prior to their naturalization as Cypriot citizens must hold a residence permit in Cyprus. If the applicant (either investor or family member) does not already hold a residence permit, he/she may apply for an Immigration Permit on the basis of Regulation 6 (2) of the Aliens and Immigration Law, simultaneously with the application for naturalization. In relation to the submission of an Immigration Permit application solely for the purposes of acquiring the Cypriot Read More

Dolphins spotted on Cyprus Shores

Five different species of whale and dolphin have been seen swimming within Cyprus’ marine environment in the context of a European programme aiming to collect information about the different species of cetaceans one comes across in the area. In the context of the programme there were confirmed sightings of the species sperm whale (Physeter microcephalus), striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), Risso`s dolphin (Grampus griseus), rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis) and bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), a Fisheries Department press release saysIt is further Read More

A Rainbow of Taste

Cherries, oranges, lemons, rocket, blueberries, grapes… it’s said that we should eat a rainbow to get all the vitamins and nutrients that we need. But nature’s true colour palette lies not in fruits and veg but in the fields… Have you, I wonder, ever thought of eating flowers?Edible flowers can be traced back to Roman times, and to the Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian cultures. And now it’s back in vogue once again, with top chefs all over the Read More

Cyprus is home to the oldest wine produced in the world.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Cyprus is home to the oldest wine produced in the world. Commandaria is a dessert wine that tastes like a sweet liqueur, rich in flavor and history.It supposedly got its name from the Crusaders knights of the 13th century, but it appears that it was discovered much earlier, around 2000 BC.Commandaria also holds the record for the older “designation of origin” product. In 1223, King Philip of France called Commandaria Read More

Oldest Known Pet Cat Found in Cyprus

Since at least the time of the ancient Egyptians, cats have been cherished as companions, worshipped as idols, and kept as agents of pest control and good luck. But now French archaeologists have found evidence that our close relationship with cats may have begun much earlier.The carefully interred remains of a human and a cat were found buried with seashells, polished stones, and other decorative artifacts in a 9,500-year-old grave site on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. This new Read More

Oldest Perfumes Found on Aphrodites Island

ITALIAN archaeologists have found the world's oldest perfumes on Cyprus.The perfumes were scented with extracts of lavender, bay, rosemary, pine or coriander and kept in tiny translucent alabaster bottles.The remaining traces found at Pyrgos, in the south of the island, are more than 4000 years old.They were discovered inside what archaeologists believe was an 3995-square-metre perfume-making factory."We were astonished at how big the place was," the leader of the archaeological team, Maria Rosa Belgiorno, said. "Perfumes Read More
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