Cyprus is truly the jewel of the Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus is at the crossroads of three continents and cooperates with neighboring countries such as Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. It is also the home to beaches that stretch on for miles, ruins you can wander through, delicious cheeses and the oldest wine label in the world, the “Commandaria”.
If you are looking for a new destination, do keep in mind that there are numerous advantages to settling down in the Jewel of the Mediterranean, as an individual as well as a family. Read on to find out the top 5 reasons why moving to Cyprus will make your life better:
Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate with blistering summers and fairly mild winters. The country’s proximity to the equator influences the temperature and its overall climate. The residents of the island experience close to 340 days of golden sunshine in a year with beaches, nature and great scenery nearby almost every location in the island.
Winters are short, summers are long and you can expect to see the sun about 89% of the time. Summers last for a minimum of 7 months, starting in early April and lasting until the end of October. The average daytime temperature is around 32ᵒ C during these months and goes up to 40ᵒ C or more inland. In spring, the average daytime temperature usually goes down to 25ᵒ C and during the winter, it could drop to around 16ᵒ C. Nighttime temperatures can go as low as 9ᵒ C. Nevertheless, you will see sunny days all through the year and frequent rain showers between November and March.
- Excellent and inexpensive medical facilities
The healthcare system in the North and South of Cyprus is on par with international standards. Like in most other places, expats can choose between public and private healthcare.
The country’s National Healthcare System offers free medical care at the point of delivery for everyone. Cypriots on low incomes are entitled to free or subsidized treatments. Emergency treatment at government hospitals is provided free of charge to everyone, including foreign nationals; however, subsequent in-patient treatment costs will have to be paid by those who don’t qualify for free treatment.
- Slow pace of life
For those who want to strike a balance between work and their personal lives, Cyprus is the perfect place to be. One of the first Greek phrases you will learn when you move to this island is “Siga Siga”, which when literally translated means “Slowly, Slowly”. Get used to hearing this term very often, as it is a mantra often used by the locals. People in Cyprus firmly believe that all experiences should be enjoyed and the finer things in life should never be rushed.
Cypriots are known to savor their meals in an unhurried manner for hours, usually with family and friends. Even a coffee break can go on for up to an hour. Unfortunately, this is a cause of frustration for some outsiders.
- Low crime rate
Even though travelers are generally advised to keep their passports, money and valuables in a safe place. Female travelers should exercise the usual precautionary measures that they would in any other foreign country.
Cyprus has been plagued by a history of severe conflict between the Greeks and Turks as both these nations have sought to claim this island, without any clear result. Yet it remains one of the safest European countries to live in. A number of British expats who have been living on the Mediterranean island for years claim that safety and security levels in Cyprus are high.
This island is a great place to raise children. It is possible for children to play outdoors without their parents having to worry about them, as the overall environment all over the country is generally safe and secure.
- Great education
Cyprus has great state-sponsored education as well as private and international schools. The public and private systems are both open and accessible to locals and expats. Local free schools are greek speaking and the private are mostly english speaking, but if you choose a public school, there are programs for children that don’t speak greek to learn the language as well as private tutors to help with the new language.