Country: Cyprus

Population: 788,457

Capital: Nicosia

Time Zone: UTC+2

Currency Name: in areas under government control: Cypriot pound (CYP); in areas administered by Turkish Cypriots: Turkish New lira (YTL)

Government Type: Republic

Languages: Greek, Turkish, English

Ethnic Breakdown: Greek 77%, Turkish 18%, other 5%

Religion: Greek Orthodox 78%, Muslim 18%, other (includes Maronite and Armenian Apostolic) 4%

Major Cities: Nicosia, Larnaka, Famagusta

Phone Country Code: in areas under government control: 357; in areas administered by Turkish Cypriots: 90

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.cyprustourism.org/

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 240 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: g

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Easter, March 25 (Greek Independence Day), April 1 (Cyprus National Day), May 1 (Labor Day), August 15 (Assumption of Mary), October 1 (Cyprus Independence Day), December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26 (Boxing Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Asbestos is one of Cyprus' chief exports.