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Northern Cyprus also known as Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is a self-declared sovereign state situated in the northern part of the island of Cyprus. Internationally it is still considered a part of the Republic of Cyprus. Its capital is North Nicosia, total area is 3,355 km2 and a total population is only 326,000 making it one of the smallest countries in the world.
Historically Cyprus’s native population consists of Greek and Turkish also known as Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Despite the minority in number Turkish Cypriots wanted Cyprus to be a part of Turkish nation which is heavily influenced by Turkish government. After decades of dispute and conflict in 1983 Turkish Cypriots partitioned the northern part of the island and declared independence.
However till this day Turkey is the only country to recognize Northern Cyprus a sovereign state and it is heavily dependent on Turkey for economic, political and military support. There have been several attempts to resolve the dispute but beside the buffer zone in the middle of two nations controlled by the United Nations nothing, nothing been successful so far.
However, despite all this the Northern Cyprus has seen a significant growth in their economy and GDP. It has a vast area of natural beauty and is a major tourist destination.
Northern Cyprus has a nice not too warm climate which is one of the main reasons people love to live there.
World famous food
It is also home for many world famous foods. From fish to kebab to cheese. Its delicacy it’s loved by tourists all over the world.
North Cyprus is considered a place of raw and undiscovered beauty by its locals. It’s been separated from the Greek side of the island since 1974 and has thankfully missed out on some of the downsides of mass tourism.
Turtles live there too
Turtles will come and lay eggs as this part of the world is not so overpopulated by tourists and make scientists a great biological research spot.
st-barnaThe St Barnabas Monastery and Icon museum has an impressive display of Greek Orthodox and Byzantine Art.
Everything is nearby
The whole island is relatively small and it’s possible to drive around it in less than a day. Perhaps this is why there’s such a relaxed, laid back atmosphere.
Surrounded by mountains
There is a coast-to-coast mountain range spanning North Cyprus, a natural beauty hard to find in other parts of the world.
Turkish Cypriot poetry
Locals to North Cyprus love their poetry. It is the most widely published form of literature in the area, and is influenced by both Turkish and Cypriot culture, as well as British colonial history.
Given the fact they descend for Turk, people in Northern Cyprus are warm and friendly. They welcome outsiders to their community and always make people feel home.
The Tree of Idleness
The Tree of Idleness is a 200 year old tree. It can be found in the center of the village of Bellapais.
In North Cyprus currently there are over 101,000 students studying at 16 Universities of which 14 are local and 2 are branches of Middle East Technical University in Ankara and Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul.
87% of the students are overseas students from more than 135 different countries, 55% are from Turkey and 13% are local Turkish Cypriot students. Overseas student numbers, which was about 2,500 in the 2009-2010 academic year, increased by more than 35 times to reach 88,000 in the current academic year.
Students who have successfully completed the High School Leaving Certificate or equivalent are eligible for entry to undergraduate courses. After high school;
Overseas students are eligible to apply for university provided they hold a minimum of 12 years pre-university education and a higher secondary school leaving certificate, or its equivalent.
In addition to the academic entry requirements, competency in English language determines whether a student can enter a degree program directly or will undergo a one or two semester preparatory English language program.
Students admitted on to a university program will provide evidence of an internationally recognized English language proficiency qualification or sit an English examination organized by the university.