Living and working on the island for all seasons
Cyprus offers a wonderful environment for a very
comfortable standard of living
Indicatively, according to the latest publication of the
Human Development Index which is a measure of the standard
of living of a country, published by the UN Development
Program (UNDP) in 2005, Cyprus ranks as the 28th highest in
the world, with 90.3 points. The highest scorewas 96.8
Arts and culture have a long tradition in
Cyprus with historical monuments dating back to 10,000 BC.
In the capital of Lefkosia there are over seventeen museums
showcasing a broad array of archaeological collections,
byzantine icons, coinage, paintings, and other cultural
treasures. Cyprus boasts several artists and painters and
the gallery community has grown steadily in the last few
years. The Performing Arts are flourishing. Throughout the
year, local and international festivals, concerts of
renowned performers and events take place in ancient open
air amphitheaters, including international independent fi lm
festivals, annual classical music festivals and an opera
festival at the end of summer.
In the recent years a burgeoning fashion milieu has grown
from numerous young, creative and entrepreneurial fashion
designers, many of whom have trained in the world’s renowned
art and design institutions and fashion capitals.
Gastronomy and wine have a long tradition
in Cyprus. Local cuisine based on the Mediterranean diet
provides several culinary treasures ranging from healthy
salads, the famous halloumi cheese and vegetable appetizers,
to main courses which include goat meat on the spit, pork
reduced in wine, and scrumptious honey dipped deserts and
fruits preserved with recipes dating back hundreds years.
Stress levels are low and business is still
largely done with a personal touch and slower pace of life.
Crime rates are very low and the sense of safety and
security is quite high across the country.
Commutes are minimal. The island has a
developed network of four lane highways linking all main
destinations. One can drive from the capital, Lefkosia, to
the beach in Larnaca, in about 30 minutes.
With a pleasant weather throughout the year, sports
aficionados can ski in February, swim and kite surf until
October, bike and play tennis and golf all year!