Life in North Cyprus! Island Status, Price Policy, and Best Cities to Live!
2. Non-recognition of the state is an absolute advantage or a factor of uncertainty?
3. Price Policy
4. Food Stuff
5. Turkish Cypriots Are a Mix of European Tolerance and Southern Hospitality
5.1. Blue Sea and White Sand
5.2. Gambling Business
This article will be useful for those who want to know as much as possible about the life in North Cyprus and consider the possibility of moving to this wonderful place for permanent residence or think about buying real estate for investing their funds.
We will talk about the most important issues of people’s primary interest.
Cyprus has 300, and sometimes 310 sunny days in a year. This is more than in Philadelphia and quite comparable to the fabulous California, where rich and famous people from all over the world live.
Life here is perfect for all those who cannot imagine their life without a warm sea and bright sun. In addition, the Mediterranean climate is recommended for people suffering from pulmonary, allergic and respiratory diseases.
The beach season begins in early April and ends in early November. In July-August, the coastal seawater warms up to + 25° C and it is a great pleasure to bathe in it; even in winter, the minimum air temperature does not fall below + 16° C in the afternoon and + 8° C at night hours.
The mellow season begins in mid-September and is not only notable for the excellent weather but also for the abundance of various fruits. Winter here is like spring in Russia.
A large number of people do not know that Cyprus is divided into Northern and Southern parts. The division took place in 1974 after a series of bloody conflicts between Turkish and Greek settlers. Turkish authorities brought troops to the island and divided it into two halves.
The result of it was the formation of:
- TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)
It occupies about 40% of the territory of the island. About 350,000 people live here. It is actually controlled by Turkey. The official currency is the Turkish lira. Tourists don’t need visas to visit the country.
It is believed that Turkish troops have occupied the best part of the island. And to some extent, it is true because the majority of sights, as well as orchards, are concentrated just in the northern part.
- Republic of Cyprus
It occupies the remaining 60% of the territory. The population is 1.2 million people. The state is a member of the European Union but is actually controlled by Greece. The official currency is Euro. You will need to obtain a Schengen visa to visit the country.
Is the TRNC not recognized by the world community?
Yes, the world community has not yet recognized the TRNC. The only state that has recognized the island state to date is Turkey.
If the TRNC is not recognized, then perhaps there is no order?
It’s a big mistake. Most European states wish to have the same order as in North Cyprus. The Turks are doing their best to turn life on the island into a showcase of well-being.
Is there a shortage of goods due to uncertain status?
On the contrary, there is an abundance of goods of own production, and prices are lower than in South Cyprus. It comes to the fact that the citizens from South Cyprus come here to buy goods and products.
In this case, it is certainly a great advantage. After all, when it comes to the legendary “Cypriot offshore,” it means North Cyprus. Turkish authorities try hard to attract investments, and therefore no one is interested in the origin of money. You can deposit absolutely any amount of money to the Cypriot bank. It will be accepted and 100% confidentiality of the deposit will be guaranteed.
The same situation is with the real estate. You can buy housing of any class, and they will be happy to sell it to you, without asking about the origin of your money for such a purchase.
We have already mentioned that prices in the TRNC are much lower than in the southern part of the island. This state of affairs concerns not only food stuff but also education, rental and purchase of real estate, prices for medicines and medical care, and entertainment! In short, you will not find a sphere in which life on this island state will be much more expensive.
The mild Mediterranean climate and the gentle sun are not the only reasons explaining the Cypriot longevity. Here, you can enjoy fresh seafood and fruits of the highest quality every day.
There are no large food plants, and this means that there is no food with the addition of flavor enhancers and other chemicals. All products sold in stores are supplied by small farms. They are natural and ecologically clean.
This especially relates to fish and seafood, which is simply unacceptable to sell frozen. The norm is if the fish is served a couple of hours after being caught from the sea.
A very mild climate, warm sea, abundance of vegetables and fruits – all this suggests to the leisurely flow of life. Therefore, the behavior of all locals can be characterized as a regular lifestyle.
A regular lifestyle can be seen in everything. No one’s in a hurry here. People slowly start their day, slowly drink coffee and slowly enjoy their dinner. Because of this feature, it is difficult to do business, but very nice to live here.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of the population is Muslims, there is no trace of fanatical adherence to faith. Christians coming for permanent residence are always welcome. The local population is completely indifferent to churches (Orthodox and Catholic).
There are practically no traffic jams, no poor men and beggars, and merchants will not bother you with their goods, offering fantastic discounts.
On the northern part of the island, there is almost no industrial production. This does not deprive the state of investment, but it has a positive effect on the environment, which makes life on the island as safe as possible.
The sea is not polluted, and the beaches remain pristine clean. In addition, the cleanliness of the sea and beaches is ensured by the fact that the northern part of the island has 4 times fewer people than the southern part. This is perfectly suitable for lovers of wild beaches because, here, they stretch for tens of kilometers.
Casino and gambling clubs on the northern part of the island are completely legal. This is an additional factor that stimulates the increasing flow of tourists. There are gambling houses in all major cities of the country, and they are always full of people. Apart from Russian and English tourists, the island is regularly visited by citizens of Greece and other countries of Europe, where gambling is prohibited.
It is safe to say that life here fits for everyone who has passion for gambling.
There are three ways to get to the Northern part of the peninsula:
- The fastest way to get to the island is by flight with transfer in Turkey.
- A longer but very exciting way is to get to Turkey, then by ferry to North Cyprus.
- Through the southern part of the island. The first step is to fly to South Cyprus, then to the northern part of the island through the border crossing in Lefkosa.
TRNC has four major cities with about 80 percent of the total population of the state concentrated in them. It should be noted that these cities can be considered large only by Cypriot standards. For Europe and Russia – these are small provincial cities, and this explains the unhurried and level life in the country.
If you need a more detailed description of the geography and areas of North Cyprus, you will find them in this article.
It is the capital of the state. Like Berlin, since the Cold War, the capital has been divided into two halves, one of which is owned by Cyprus and the other by the TRNC. On the dividing strip, there are UN peacekeeping forces. There is also a border crossing between the two states.
About 70,000 Turkish Cypriots live in the northern part of Lefkosa. Almost all executive bodies are located here.
It is the most beautiful city of the country. In recent years, it has become a real center of tourism. The entire necessary infrastructure comparable with Greek or Turkish ones has been created here. Kyrenia has many restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and casinos. About 57,000 locals live here.
Currently, the city is experiencing a construction boom. If it comes to quality real estate in a modern residential complex, the suburbs of Famagusta are meant. The activity of construction companies is quite understandable, as this city has not only a lot of sights but also several large educational institutions. The population is about 57,000.
Guzelyurt, like no other city deserves the title of “garden city.” There are dozens of hectares of citrus orchards where oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and lemons are grown. It is a quiet and small (20,000 people) town, wholly and completely living on the account of agriculture.
There are few important sights, but the abundance of high-quality and inexpensive fruits and the warm sea attract tourists and immigrants seeking for a place for a quiet living. Such a life in North Cyprus is best enjoyed by elderly people who have earned a decent old age.
Karpaz Peninsula shall also be particularly mentioned
This small peninsula has received “National Heritage” title. The authorities are doing their best to preserve the purity and virginity of the beaches, so it is forbidden to build here using concrete and heavy construction bricks. Life on Karpaz Peninsula attracts people tired of the bustle of megacities and wishing to enjoy the sea and the sun.