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                                         by Graham Rhind

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Cyprus

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CYPRUS
CYPRUS

Cyprus has since the summer of 1974 been militarily divided between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities. The Greek area is 59% of the island territory, the Turkish area is 37%. Two large areas (the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area and the Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area) are territories of the United Kingdom. 4% of the island is constituted by the United Nations buffer zone.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Cyprus - [Country information

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

357 (please refer to section “Telephone Numbers”, below)

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

CY

Internet country code

CY

GRC Country Code

CYP

Cyprus - Date formats

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   dd/mm/yyyy

Cyprus - Languages

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Language map External

Greek External is spoken by 78% of the population, Turkish External by 18%. There are small minorities speaking Cypriot Spoken Arabic External and Armenian External. English is common. The Greek Cypriot dialect is different from that spoken in Greece itself.

99.5% of ethnic Greeks live in the Greek area; 98.7% of the ethnic Turks in the Turkish area. Of the other ethnic groups (4% of the population), 99.2% live in the Greek area.

Cyprus - Personal names and forms of address

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In the Greek part of Cyprus, women do not always take their husband’s family name upon marriage. They may retain their maiden name but more commonly use both names hyphenated. Personal names tend to follow the pattern given name(s)[ ]family name.

Medical doctors are referred to as Kyrios (“Mr”) in correspondence and not as Doctor.

In the Turkish part of the island, it is important to follow the Turkish form of address and naming norms. Again, women may choose not to take their husband’s family name upon marriage and the husband may take his wife’s family name.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Cyprus - Company legal forms

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Cypriot company types include:

   Branch of Overseas Company
   Company Limited by Guarantee
   Exempt Private Company
   General Partnership
   Limited Partnership
   Private Company Limited by Shares
   Public Company Limited by Shares
   Sole Proprietorship
   Trusts

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Cyprus - Address format

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Addresses in Cyprus are written in the following format:

   Name
   Title
   Company
   house number[ ]Thoroughfare name
   postal code[ ]SETTLEMENT

For example:

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Addresses written in Latin script are often written in English.

For certain large users a street address is not necessary - a name, code and town name suffice:

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As the district name is now included in the postal code, writing it in the address is no longer necessary.

The Cypriot postal authorities prefer that 'CY-' is placed before the postal codes when mail comes from outside Cyprus, but the rules of the country from which the mail is sent must define if you do this - please refer to Formatting an international address.

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A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Cyprus - Post office box

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This is written in a number of ways in Greek, according to the way in which the Greek text is transliterated. It may be:

   Taxydromikh Qypida
   Tahidromiki Thirida
   Takhidhromiki Thiridha
   Tahydromiki Thyrida

It can be abbreviated as T.Q. or T.Th. Post office box numbers have 5 digits.

In Turkish, P.O. Box is Posta Kutusu

Cyprus - Postal codes

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A postal code (Ταχυδρομικού Κώδικα) system was implemented in 1994.

Postal codes (for both areas) are formed by a block of 4 digits starting with a number between 1 and 9. The first digit of the code indicates the district as follows:

   Lefkosia (Nicosia)            1, 2
   Lemesos (Limassol)            3, 4
   Ammoschostos (Famagusta)      5
   Larnaca                       6, 7
   Pafos (Paphos)                8
   Kyreneia                      9

Post Offices containing post office boxes have their own codes and these codes should be used for the relevant post office boxes.

Mail from, or via, Turkey uses 5-digit Turkish postal codes commencing 99. For mail to Northern Cyprus from abroad, use “Mersin 10” in the address block above the line containing the Turkish postal code. The Northern Cyprus postal code should then be on the last line on its own.

Mail to the British Sovereign Base areas will used British military addressing (BFPO 57 or 58) and may also (or instead) contain the special UK postal code BF1 2AT (for Akrotiti) or BF1 2AU (for Dhekelia).

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Cyprus - Postal code format graphic

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Cyprus - Postal code format

Cyprus - Postal code specifics

Cyprus - Postal code regular expression

\A([1-9][0-9][0-9][0-9])\Z

Cyprus - Postal code level of coverage

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Cyprus - Postal code map

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Place names in Cyprus

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Pyla External, in the buffer zone near the British military base of Dhekelia, is the island’s last bi-communal village.

Note that alternative spellings, translated from Greek script, are being introduced locally. So, for example, Ayios will become Agios, Paphos will become Pafos, and Yeorysios will become Georgios.

Refer to Exonyms in Cyprus and Exonyms in Northern Cyprus for full lists of place names in Cyprus in other languages.

Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http:www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External

Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Cyprus - Administrative districts

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Administrative districts graphic

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Cyprus has 6 districts External, not used in addresses, but corresponding to postal code areas (see postal code section above):

    Ammoschostos (Famagusta) External             
    Kyreneia External                                             
    Larnaca External                                               
    Lefkosia (Nicosia) External                              
    Lemesos (Limassol) External                           
    Pafos (Paphos) External                                    

Turkish Cypriot area’s administrative divisions include Kyrenia, all but a small part of Famagusta, and small parts of Lefkosia and Larnaca.

Telephone numbers in Cyprus

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The international country code for Cyprus is 357, but settlements in the Turkish controlled area are reached via Turkey, international code 90. In these latter cases, dial 90-5-area code-subscriber’s number. Area code 392 has been assigned for fixed lines, area codes 533 and 542 for mobile numbers.

Numbers in the Greek section have a total length of 8 digits when called from abroad. Mobile numbers commence 700, 7777, 96, 976-977, 990-996, 9971, 9974-9979 or 998-999.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External


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