Why Live & Invest in Cyprus?

Why to Live, Work and Invest in Cyprus Properties

The strategic location of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean has played a crucial role in its growth into a key financial and tourist center. As the third largest Mediterranean island, coupled with its geographic location, it serves as a link between the three continents of Europe, Africa and Asia.

Cyprus is a passionate Mediterranean destination where East and West meet. A rare jewel, the island is blessed with warm Cypriot hospitality, and is touched with mystique. The country’s special characteristics and advantages make Cyprus citizenship such a desirable asset for many internationals:

  • Cyprus’ strategic location on the crossroads of 3 continents (Europe, Asia and Africa) offers it numerous competitive advantages.
  • Member of the EU and the Euro zone with all its Cyprus passport holders enjoying all the EU citizenship benefits.
  • Ability for non-EU citizens to obtain citizenship by investment and the grant of dual citizenship.
  • Safe and secure environment with high standard but low cost of living.
  • Stable political system.
  • High level of services, including financial, medical, education, telecommunications, etc.
  • New Marinas, Golf courses and resorts, Casinos.
  • Mild climate and sunshine (320 days a year), beautiful scenery and crystal-clear beaches.
  • English language widely spoken.
  • Caters to 2.5 mil tourists per year.
  • Low tax rates: Corporate (12.5%), Pensions for internationals (5%)
  • The recent natural gas discovery will be a game changer for the domestic economy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Cyprus Citizenship Benefits ...

After obtaining your Cyprus passport and relocating to Cyprus, you will be able to enjoy all of the island’s and EU citizenship benefits:

Family and Lifestyle

  • Safe environment for you and your family
  • Good quality of life
  • Low cost of living
  • A relaxed, stress-free lifestyle
  • Ability to leave / enter Cyprus without any risk
  • Immunity against future changes in immigration rules
  • You can legally own property, cars and other items


  •  International elementary schools which cater for English, Russian, French, Arabic, Armenian and other language-speaking pupils
  • Two government universities and numerous private, English-speaking universities, all of a high standard which offer a wide variety of professions.
  • English speaking colleges which offer professional examinations and courses such as ACA and ACCA
  • Several education options in the European universities which feature lower tuition fees.


  • Public and private healthcare – high standards and available to everybody
  • Cypriot doctors speak fluent English The standard of medical treatment provided is very high and continuously improving All EU and many other European countries offer all EU passport holders a European Health Insurance Card which, on a reciprocal basis, provides insurance for emergency medical treatment when visiting other participating European countries.

Business In Cyprus for EU Passport Holders

While Cyprus Law and the Citizenship by investment scheme offers a great opportunity for foreign investors to obtain a European passport, businesspeople have many more reasons to be interested in relocating their businesses in Cyprus.
Capitalizing on its strategic location, Cyprus has developed through the years into a reputable international services hub, especially in banking and shipping activities. Since Cyprus’ accession to the European Union, its role as a business bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa is further enhanced. Cyprus offers a unique basket of advantages to foreign investors utilizing the island as a base for conducting their business activities worldwide:

  • Strategic Location: Europe’s Middle Eastern Outpost
  • European Union member state
  • Highly qualified and multilingual labor force
  • Lowest EU corporate tax rate
  • Macroeconomic stability with successful economic performance
  • Efficient legal, accounting and banking services
  • Advanced telecommunications network and infrastructure
  • FDI track record.
  • Reputable international shipping center
  • Living and working on the “island for all seasons”
  • Freedom to conduct a business in accordance with European Community law and national laws and practices is recognized.


The main provider is state-owned and run, providing all modern telecommunications and associated internet and mobile technologies. Furthermore, various well-known European and Global competitors assure all standards are kept high.

Banking Standards

With a modern, well-equipped structure following the British banking system, a network of international banks support all corporate and personal banking requirements. All major global payment solutions are accepted island-wide such as Visa and Europay. As of 2008, there were four local and 38 international banks, contributing to the 900 branches and 12,400 employees in the sector, which contributed to 8% of the GPD. Loans are available for property, land, holiday homes, renovation/restoration, and professional property.

Legal System

Like the banking system, the legal system is again based on the British legal system. With more than 162 limited liability law firms and more than 1968 registered advocates as of 2008, Cyprus provides a complete range of legal services. Furthermore, The Cyprus Land Registry is considered one of the most reliable and established in the world, providing security regarding title deed issues, etc. Finally, legal costs are considered very reasonable compared with other European countries.


Education of all levels and international standards is provided island wide by both state-run schools and private institutions with languages including English, French, Russian, Armenian and Arabic to name a few. There are also private English speaking universities and the Greek-speaking Cyprus University with a complete selection of subjects covered. As of 2007, 58% of Cypriot university students completed degrees in subjects such as accounting, engineering, business administration, and law, mostly in the UK and the United States.

Health Care

Health care in Cyprus is provided by state-run General Hospitals and also a large concentration of private clinics and hospitals. The main medical centers are found in urban areas in the main towns and also small subcentres are available in most rural areas. All government hospitals provide emergency services and so do most major private clinics. Any emergency medical treatment or assistance required is offered without charge to all international tourists through the Accident and Emergency Department of all government hospitals. Any inpatient or outpatient care required may involve payment of fees depending on the country of origin of the person.

Crime in Cyprus

Cyprus is known to be a relatively safe place to live in. A crime rate of only 6.44 crimes per 1,000 inhabitants shows a low incidence of crime in Cyprus, especially when compared to most European countries.

Safety of Food & Drinking Water

Cyprus offers a high level of quality and safety with regards to food and water, with water pollution at negligible levels and fresh tap water supplies to every home, hotel, restaurant and public premise, which is safe to drink. Safety levels of all food and the quality of drinking water in Cyprus is controlled and regulated by the government Ministry of Health in conjunction with local authorities.

Electricity & Energy Supply

Electricity is supplied in Cyprus at 240 volts and A.C. 50 Hz. square 3-pin sockets are provided in most buildings, usually at 13 amps. Most households and commercial buildings use solar energy for water heating and renewable energy sources are currently being promoted and funded by the government.

Resident Permit for Non-EU Citizen

Non-EU citizens who purchase property and wish to retire in Cyprus can apply for a residence permit. All applications are considered based on income to include pension or investment income. An annual income of € 20,000 is normally deemed sufficient for 2 retirees to obtain the permit. After 7 years a foreign resident can apply for a Cyprus passport according to EU Directives.

EU - Residents Acquisition of Immovable Property

As a popular destination for retirement and purchase of holiday homes, Cyprus continues to see growth in interest from buyers from many European countries. This increase in foreign interest in Cyprus property is attributed to the high standard and quality of properties available and the low cost of living on the island. The attractive climate, hospitable locals and important family considerations of favourable safety and low crime have also contributed to this growth. Local prices remain lower than European counterparts with many good quality properties and resales available across the island.

Cyprus Lifestyle

The warm climate, beautiful natural environment of the island, an abundance of art and cultural interests, and the laid-back nature of locals make living in Cyprus very pleasant. On a professional level, low stress and hardworking yet hospitable friendly people make business and working in Cyprus far easier than in many other countries. For families, a safe and secure country with low crime rates makes it an easy choice.

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