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Limassol Marina in Cyprus

Living in Cyprus

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 03, 2023

Summary: People describe life in Cyprus as relaxed and laid-back. Expats love the warm climate, the friendly locals, the beautiful beaches, and the low cost of living. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 per month, depending on lifestyle. The population of Cyprus is approximately 1.2 million people, and the largest cities are Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, and Paphos. The cons of living in Cyprus include the lack of job opportunities, the limited public transportation, and the high cost of imported goods. Additionally, the language barrier can be a challenge for expats who don't speak Greek or Turkish.

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What do I need to know about living in Cyprus?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Cyprus, they said:

"Before retiring in Cyprus, it is important to be aware of the associated costs. Expenses like rental costs, healthcare costs, and food costs should all be taken into account. It is also important to look into the taxation rules for retirees. Depending on the source of income, different tax rates may apply. Additionally, it can be useful to research the different types of visas necessary to live in Cyprus, and to look into the process of applying for any necessary visas. With regards to accommodation, it is worth looking into the real estate market in order to find the correct area to match lifestyle and financial needs. Finally, it is important to obtain information on the local culture and language to help ensure a smooth transition into retirement in Cyprus," explained one expat living in Cyprus.

"This is a great place to live - quiet, safe, with all the shops you need without leaving the village," said another expat in Frenaros.

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How do I meet people in Cyprus?

When we asked people living in Cyprus about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"There are lots of ways to meet people in Cyprus. You can join online communities and groups, look for events in your area, or go to local bars and cafes. You can also join sports teams, become involved in volunteering activities, or visit popular attractions and landmarks. There is a great social scene in Cyprus – why not take advantage of it?," remarked another expat living in Cyprus.

"There is a selection of British and Cypriot bars, these are a good meeting place. Also, the local garden centre which offer tea & coffee at the weekend," added another expat in Frenaros.

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What is life like in Cyprus?

When we asked people living in Cyprus what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Living as an expat in the area can be a great experience. The diversity is one of the most attractive features, as people from many different countries and cultures come to live, work and socialize. There is plenty to do, whether you want to explore the city sights, experience local culture, or enjoy outdoor activities. The cost of living is also reasonable, which means you can enjoy a good quality of life without breaking the bank. There is an excellent transportation system, and a wide variety of accommodation options to choose from. The local people are friendly and welcoming, and there is a strong sense of community," wrote a member in Cyprus.

"This is a family village. Most people work in nearby Paralimni or in the shop and farms around the village. Many work in the tourist resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras, which are close by," commented one expat who made the move to Frenaros.

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Is there a lot of crime in Cyprus?

We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:

"Crime in Cyprus is relatively low compared to other countries in the European Union. The crime rate in Cyprus is significantly lower than the European Union average, with most crime consisting of minor property theft or vandalism. Violent crimes are very rare," remarked another expat living in Cyprus.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Cyprus accepting of differences?

"Cyprus is a diverse country composed of varying ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic identities. Historically, the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities have embraced diverse cultural and religious influences from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Cyprus is also home to many immigrants from India, the Philippines, Romania, Bulgaria, and other countries. Recently, there has been a growing acceptance of diversity among the people of Cyprus, particularly among the younger generations. The Cypriot government has adopted many policies to promote social integration and equality, which have been well received by the local population," explained one expat living in Cyprus.

"The village is mainly Cypriot, but has a growing English population. Everyone gets on well together. It's a very peaceful place to live," said another expat in Frenaros.

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What are the schools in Cyprus like?

"Cypriot schools provide a wide range of education programs, from primary to tertiary. Public schools and universities in Cyprus typically follow a Greek-style curriculum, including many STEM and humanities courses. At higher levels, vocational and technical programs are offered. Private schools in Cyprus provide a range of curriculums, from national or international programs to faith-based education. Schools are often equipped with modern technologies, including computers, and some even provide language support in English, French, German, or Russian. The government of Cyprus also offers scholarship programs for students planning to study at foreign universities," commented one expat when asked about in Cyprus.

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Is the cost of living in Cyprus high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Cyprus, they wrote:

"The cost of living in Cyprus is generally considered to be reasonable. Prices vary depending on the area, but in general, basic items such as food and utilities tend to be fairly affordable. Even in more urban areas, the cost of living is not prohibitively high," commented one expat who made the move to Cyprus.

"This is not an easy question as we all have different levels of living. We live a comfortable live on State pensions and some savings. Our budget is approx €1500.00 PM," remarked another expat living in Poli Chrystopiou, Cyprus.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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