What are the two sides of Cyprus called?
Cyprus has been divided, de facto, into the Greek Cypriot controlled southern two-thirds of the island and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus a third. The Republic of Cyprus is the internationally recognised government of the Republic of Cyprus, that controls the southern two-thirds of the island.
Is Greek Cyprus north or south?
Since 1974, Cyprus has been divided de facto into the Cyprus government-controlled area in the southern part of the island, officially named the Republic of Cyprus, and the Turkish Cypriot area in the north. A United Nations peacekeeping force (UNFICYP) maintaines a buffer zone between them.
Did Cyprus used to be part of Greece?
No. It was, however, part of ancient Greece. The Greek goddess Aphrodite was said to have been born in the sea around the island, and a major temple to her at Paphos became the centre of her worship in the Aegean world.
Is Cyprus Turkish or Greek?
|Republic of Cyprus Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία (Greek) Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti (Turkish)|
|Capital and largest city||Nicosia 35°10′N 33°22′E|
|Official languages||Greek Turkish|
|Minority languages||Armenian Cypriot Arabic|
|Vernaculars||Cypriot Greek Cypriot Turkish|
Which parts of Cyprus are Turkish?
Is North Cyprus Part of Turkey? North Cyprus is situated below Turkey on the map, and is also known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) or KKTC in the Turkish language. The main language spoken in North Cyprus is Turkish, however most people also speak English.
Are the Cypriots Greek?
Greek Cypriots (Greek: Ελληνοκύπριοι, Turkish: Kıbrıs Rumları or Kıbrıs Yunanları) are the ethnic Greek population of Cyprus, forming the island’s largest ethnolinguistic community.
|Australia, South Africa, Greece, United States and others||≈230,000|
|Modern Greek (Cypriot and Standard)|
Who did Cyprus originally belong to?
Cyprus was subsequently colonised by the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the Egyptians and the Persians. In the 4th century BC Alexander the Great claimed the island, which remained part of the Greek-Egyptian kingdom until 30 BC, when the Romans arrived and Cyprus became a senatorial province.