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Living as a foreigner in Cyprus - Иностранцы на Кипре

A friend recently wrote of mine s Post on our sister sites Blog About Living in Cyprus as A Foreigner. My friend is Russian so I HAD her Translate the article to English below the Russian. "Foreigners in Cyprus" Here are both articles.


Foreigners in Cyprus


To move from one place to another is always difficult, because you have to leave the past behind and get used to a completely different atmosphere. It's hard to live in Cyprus if you are not familiar with the traditions and customs of the people living on this small island. You should keep in mind a lot of things if you do decide to move there.

To begin with, think over what city you want to live. In Larnaca there are many Englishmen because there they have a military base - so in this city most of the English schools, clubs, and so forth - those who speak English there will not be lost. Most Russian is in Limassol, so there is a lot of Russian cafes, shops and the Russian-speaking staff. Nicosia finally gathered a lot of different nationalities. In the capital of Cyprus have gathered all the universities and their students from around the world. In general, the Cypriots are very friendly to people of any nationality other than the Turks. Unfortunately, due to long-standing conflicts, the Turks were persona non grata in the Greek portion of Cyprus.

From my experience, it is difficult to move climate change. Moving in from the cold and swarming people in Moscow in very hot and calm, measured Larnaca was pretty shocking. On the other hand, who does not love the sun? And yet, because Cyprus is such a small island is much closer, and life is much more measured than in a big city that is full of life.

Almost all of Cyprus speak English, so do not be afraid that you will not understand. Real estate agents will be happy to find for you the house of your dreams, and most importantly, translate all the documents in the language you want. Cypriots have no discrimination or bias, so you can move easily - the laws of the European Union will guarantee a fair chance in finding jobs.

I have to say that all people who live here are quite friendly, which is not surprising since each year to them on the island visited by millions of tourists. But if you're going to make Cyprus their permanent place of residence, then you will need to make a choice - either you become a "foreign Cypriot" and learn the Cypriot dialect, learn to cook Traditional food and generally communicate with the Cypriots, or you can find a "fellow" and only communicate with them. Of course you can do and this and that, but I highly recommend to learn the language and adapt to the culture, so it will be much easier.

If you decide to stay with the "fellow countrymen", then you will be quite easy to find people with whom you would be interested. For example, in Limassol, there are plenty of Russian shops, clubs, discos Russian and so on. Therefore, you will not have problems in finding people with whom you would be interested.

But, I have to mention the "fascist" groups. Very few of them, but they are still there, and they can be divided into two categories. First do not know anything about other cultures and nationalities other than their own, and therefore believe the stereotypes about each country, such as the fact that Russian drink a lot of vodka. The rest think that Cyprus belongs to Greece, and to live here only the Greeks. I think you are unlikely to meet them, but be warned - armed. Enjoy!



Living as a foreigner in Cyprus

Moving to a new place is always hard because you have to adjust to a completely new environment and leave your past behind you. Living as a foreigner in Cyprus can be quite tough if you are not accustomed to some of the islands traditions, habits and hazards. There are many things that you have to keep in mind when you decide to move to such a small community.

Firstly, consider where you live. It can be fair to say that Paphos and Larnaca are British-loving towns; both with two English schools and British bases in Dekelia, anyone English speaking will easily find their way around there. Limassol is a more Russian dominated place - many of those who come from the ex-USSR have chosen to live there, hence the large number of Russian restaurants, shops, etc. Finally Nicosia is a mix of many nationalities: being the capital and hosting most of the islands universities it is open to anyone of any origin. In fact, the Cypriot people are not xenophobic at all, the only nationality considered persona non-grata in Cyprus is the Turks, due to a long history of conflict.

From personal experience, I can say that the climate change can be quite hard. Moving from cold, always busy and full of life Moscow to small and very, very hot beach-town Larnaca was quite shocking. But hey, who does not love the sun? Also distances were made so much smaller and life so much more calm, every minute spent in Cyprus is pure bliss in comparison to a hasty big city.

Every town welcomes tourists and foreigners alike, since Cyprus in an offshore zone which is a big attraction for foreign businesses. Almost everyone speaks very good English, so do not worry about not being understood. Property developers are happy to help you choose your dream home, and what is more important they will translate all the documents into your requested language. There is also no job prejudice, which means that any foreigner can rely on fair competition - meaning their nationality plays no role in the application.

I have to say that Cypriots are very friendly people, which is not surprising after being exposed to millions of tourists every year. However if you are planning to permanently reside in Cyprus you have to make a choice - either you become a "foreign Cypriot" which involves learning the language with a heavy Cypriot dialect, cooking traditional food and mingling with the Cypriots, or you find your native community and stick with them. Of course one can handle both at the same time, but I would strongly advise learning the language and adapting to Cypriot culture, it will just make your life so much easier.

If you prefer to communicate with those who share the same nationality as you however, its fairly easy to find communities and groups of people who speak the same language and join them. For example, Larnaca has it's own British radio, an English language newspaper, a book-reading club for English speakers and many, many other activities one can enjoy with those who he or she feels comfortable with.


Being completely fair and honest, however, the anti-foreigners groups have to be talked about. They are a small minority but they do exist- and they can be split into two categories. The first ones have not been exposed to any other culture than their own and therefore wrongly believe that the worst stereotypes apply to every person of a certain nationality. The others just moan about how Cyprus is Greek and has to be populated only by Greeks. Like I said, these are a minority and chances are you will not come across even one during your lifetime in Cyprus, but forewarned is forearmed. Enjoy!

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Published Sunday, November 27, 2011 6:25 PM by Cleo Shahateet

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