Introduction - Geography & History
Cyprus is truly a unique island country; shaped by its geographical location and presence throughout Western civilisation and history.
Located in the eastern Mediterranean at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East-Asia and Africa, Cyprus has for centuries been a strategic platform for other, larger major world powers, such as the Golden Age of Greece, Roman Empire, British, Byzantium, Frankish, Venetian, and Ottomans. Other nearby nations have also left their influence in some way or other, including the Egyptians, Phoenicians, Arabians and Persians. Naturally, this has left a lasting legacy on the country in terms of history and culture, where diversity is imbedded within the people and land; in ideology, language, food, way-of-life, architecture and nature – perhaps like no where else in the region. Beyond this, Cypriot people have had little choice but to greet each different visitor, work together and adapt to each change. This truly explains Cyprus' fundamental character and personality; that in modern society, this island nation is naturally welcoming and hospitable, as well as pro business and foreign trade relations.
- History dating back over 10,000 years and connected to many other well known civilisations. This explains the people's ability to maintain health geopolitical relationships.
- Within easy reach from many major sources and potential investment markets, such as 4-5 hours from the UK, Scandinavia and Russia, 3-4 hours from France, Spain, Benelux, Germany, Italy, Central and Eastern Europe and 1-2 hours from Greece, the Middle East and North Africa. Two brand new airports (Larnaca and Pafos) together with an increase in flight connections have significantly improved accessibility. This is also poised to grow over the years, as new low cost flight connections and other full fledge airlines increase frequency.
- Convenient time zone for business interaction with all the above regions, as well as further away, such as India, parts of China, African countries and even the USA and Canada.