Cyprus Facts for Kids
The earth is full of wonderful places, unique, exciting, beautiful places. Different parts of the world have vastly different geography. There are areas with huge mountains and deep valleys, places with sand as far as the eye can see, and places with gorgeous oceans and and fantastic beaches. Some places stay extremely cold and others that stay incredibly hot.
There are areas where it rains everyday and others where it never rains. Each of these amazing places have their own special inhabitants, specific languages, rich history, and unique culture. It is important to learn about each of these areas of the world. One very interesting place to learn about is Cyprus. If you are interested in learning some fun facts about Cyprus, this is the place to be. Here, you will find a bunch of facts to expand your knowledge.
- Cyprus officially named the Republic of Cyprus, is located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
- On August 16th in 1960, Cyprus gained its independence from the British. However, they do not hold their independence day as August 16th. Instead, they celebrate on October 1st every year.
- The country of Cyprus is divided into two seperate parts, the North and the South. The southern part is called Independent Republic of Cyprus or Greek Cyprus. The northern area is called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
- While most island areas are big fishermen, Cyprus is the complete opposite. Locals are famously not interested in fishing.
- The title of the third (3rd) largest and most populated island in the Mediterranean goes to Cyprus.
- Cyprus is home to some of the world’s oldest water wells.
- There is a legend that claims that the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was born in Cyprus.
- Each year, Cyprus receives an average of forty (40) days of rainfall total and more than three hundred (300) days of sunshine. Cyprus is famous for its sunshine.
- The only foreign venue in which a royal wedding has been hosted is the country of Cyprus. This wedding took place in the year 1191.
- There are only four (4) countries in which you must drive on the left side of the road, Cyprus is one of these countries.
- Cyprus won its first Olympic medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. The medal was won by Pavlos Kontides.
- Cyprus is home to an abundance of of flowering plants. One thousand nine hundred and fifty (1,950) species to be exact. Twenty (20) of those species are rare orchids. Another one hundred and forty (140) species cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
- The first country to ever be governed by a Christian Archbishop was Cyprus. The name of the Archbishop was Makarios III.
- The largest bank in Cyprus is owned by the Cypriot Orthodox Church.
- The capital city of Cyprus is Nicosia and is the only capital city to be divided between two nations. The divide is referred to as The Green Line or the UN Buffer Zone.
- The remains of the oldest known pet cat was found buried with its master in Cyprus. These remains date back nine thousand five hundred (9,500) years.
- There are more cats than humans in Cyprus. There is a legend that says this is because an entire shipload of cars was set to Cyprus to get rid of their poisonous snake infestation.
- There is a large tree located at the entrance of the Christian catacombs that can supposedly grant wishes.
- There is a species of sheep that is only found in Cyprus. This sheep is called the Cyprus Mouflon.
- Cyprus is home to the world’s oldest wine brand. It dates back at least five thousand (5,000) years and has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Cyprus is a wonderful and beautiful country and there is much to learn about it. Here, we have discussed facts such as the capital of Cyprus, popular local legends, some of the country’s history and geography. There has also been information about wildlife and plant life (flora and fauna). All of this information is very important for anyone who wants to learn more about this amazing country. Hopefully, you have learned some new and interesting facts about one of the beautiful island country of Cyprus.