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Country Cyprus


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Region Middle East
Area (sq km) 9,251
Area (sq mile) 3,571
Border (Island) Mediterranean Sea
Population 1,189,197
Nationality Cypriot(s)
Ethnic Greek 77%, Turkish 18%, other 5%
Religion Greek Orthodox 78%, Muslim 18%, Maronite, Armenian Apostolic, and other 4%
Language Greek, Turkish, English
Literacy 98%
Government Republic
Capital Nicosia (Lefkosia)
Leader President Nicos Anastasiades (since Feb. 28, 2013)
Currency Cypriot pound (CYP), Turkish New lira (YTL)
Independence Day Aug. 16, 1960 (from United Kingdom)
National Holiday 1 October (1960); note - Turkish Cypriot area celebrates 15 November (1983) as Independence Day
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