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Basic facts
The country 
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Capital: Nicosia
Area: 5,895 sq km
Population: 762,887 (2002 Estimate)
Urbanisation: Urban 56 per cent (1998 Estimate); Rural 44 per cent (1998 Estimate) The third largest island in the Mediterranean. Cyprus lies off the southern coast of Turkey and the western shore of Syria. The highest peak is Mount Olympus at 6,406 feet.


Exports: Citrus, potatoes, grapes, wine, cement, clothing, shoes

Industry: Food, beverages, textiles, chemicals, metal products, tourism, clothing, cement, bricks, wood products

Agriculture: Major crops: potatoes, vegetables, barley, grapes, olives, citrus fruits

Currency: 1 Cypriot pound, consisting of 100 cents

Natural resources: Copper, pyrites, asbestos, gypsum, timber, salt, marble, clay earth pigment


The people





The history

Independence: 16 August 1960 (from the United Kingdom).

Government: Cyprus is divided since 1974 after the invasion of the Turkish troops. The Republic of Cyprus is recognised by the United Nations and it is represented to all official events worldwide. Addiationally the Republic of Cyprus is on the verge of joining the European Union early in 2003.

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