Etiquette in Cyprus

Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean and has a population of 1 million people.

The nation is a unitary bicommunal presidential constitutional republic.

The official languages of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish, though Armenian and Cypriot Arabic are also spoken.

The majority of citizens follow the Eastern Orthodox church, while 20% of people follow Islam.

The currency of Cyprus is the euro.

When dressing for work, conservative dress and dark or medium colors are appropriate, though in some situations business casual may be the norm. This does not include jeans. Women should wear long skirts with blouses or dresses while men wear a suit and tie.

If you’ve just met you may be invited into a Cypriot’s home for a drink and maybe even a full meal. You’ll be asked a great number of personal questions.

Don’t be surprised if what seems like an argument among friends during a meal turns out to actually be a friendly conversation.

Don’t sit until you’re invited to do so. You should wait for the host to indicate it is time to eat as well.

The elders of the group are generally fed before others.

Don’t discuss the 1974 invasion or related political issues unless the matter is brought up by locals and you are invited to discuss it.

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