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Nicosia, Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus

Nicosia, Cyprus

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Nicosia, Cyprus is divided into North Nicosia and South Nicosia - a divide that represents the history of Cyprus and the 1974 Turkish invasion. South Nicosia, also known as Lefkosia, is the capital of Cyprus. North Nicosia is the capital of Northern Cyprus and has been occupied by Turkey since they invaded. South Nicosia has a population of approximately 55,000 (244,000 urban area). North Nicosia has a population of approximately 61,000 (82,000 urban area). Temperatures in Nicosia range from the 60s (Dec-March) to the high 90s (July-August). The cost of living in Nicosia is relatively low.

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What do I need to know about living in Nicosia?

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

"Think about why you are coming here, and if you want to do it and want to contribute to Cyprus - Welcome! There's lots of positives about the place for people who are seeking a better life than suburban England or America," remarked another in Nicosia.

How do I meet people in Nicosia?

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

"Anglican Church Ladies Guild (for older women 45+), Birdlife Cyprus (for environmentalists), School PTA (for parents), University groups (for younger people)," said another expat in Nicosia.

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Will I be able to find a job in Nicosia?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Nicosia, they reponded:

"Nicosia is the capital and seems to thrive on money derived from the UN, EU and expats. Most people find/create jobs through personal initiative. If Cypriot, they get jobs through who they know," explained one expat living in Nicosia.

What is life like in Nicosia?

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

"Cypriot life revolves around family. Beyond that, in Nicosia, it is very materialistic. In the villages, life has a more fundamental quality, still family focused but more associated with culture and what is readily available eg good food, time, tradition," added another person living in Nicosia.

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

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"City Cypriots are snobs, every one else is there to do them service. All declines in Cypriot society are attributed to the influx of foreigners. However, if you are a foreign investor, money launderer or job provider rather than a maid or other low paid worker, you are welcome and will find somewhere to live, school your kids, etc albeit at exorbitant rates," said another expat in Nicosia.

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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