Northern Cyprus Fact Sheet

North Cyprus as your perfect retirement destination

Cyprus is a place of magic; fully deserving the title “Pearl of the Mediterranean”. It has a rich and colourful tapestry of unspoiled natural beauty that ranges from golden beaches with sparkling crystal clear water to fields of carpeted wildflowers and the pine clad heights of the “Beşparmak Mountains” that runs for approximately 160 km (100 ml) along the northern coast of the island. Cyprus covers an area of 9,251 km2 and is the 3rd largest island (after Sicily and Sardinia) in the Mediterranean Sea.


The island enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate with long, warm and dry summers from mid-May to mid-October. The winters are mild and sometimes rainy, lasting from December to February. Summers and winters in Cyprus are separated by short autumn and spring seasons. There are countless cultural activities and events that occur throughout the year in Lefke in which students can participate. There are also many shops, cafés and restaurants within a 10 minute walking distance from the EUL campus. Students can eat, drink, or read at seaside cafés and restaurants, or shop along the main road of this friendly town.


Useful Information to help you decide

You want your retirement to be long, happy and stress free, and where you live plays a major role in this.

Cyprus has been and still is one of the most popular retirement destinations in the the Mediterranean and has an existing ex-pat population on both sides of the island (South and North). … It has been named the 4th Best Retirement Destination Globally, due to its promise of safety, warm climate, and accessibility.

Northern Cyprus
Why Northern Cyprus.

Before you make up your mind where to retire for the best quality of life and value for money after retirement, we suggest you consider North Cyprus if you want to capitalize on great all year-round beautiful weather, low cost of living, and some great retirement residences, leisure and recreational facilities on offer. We strongly believe North Cyprus might be your perfect match.

Cyprus is an extremely popular place for overseas expat retirement – especially among the British (U.K.), Russians, Canadians, people from United States of America and North Europeans. Some of the reasons for the country’s popularity (aside from great weather) include peace and harmony, its low crime rate, of which Cyprus (South and North together) is ranked as the 5th safest country in the world, widespread spoken English (80% of the population), inclusion in the EU, tax benefits, and an affordable cost of living.

Where is Cyprus?

An island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. It is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, and is located south of Turkey; west of Syria; northwest of Lebanon, Israel and Palestine; north of Egypt; and southeast of Greece.

Where is North Cyprus?

North Cyprus is the top half of the island of Cyprus, located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea south of Turkey.

Why North Cyprus?

Officially known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and considered by the international community as a de facto state (accepted as a state in every sense, without official and formal recognition as such). TRNC comprises the northeastern portion of the island of Cyprus and has over 25 sandy beaches, with over 300 days of sunshine a year, rich in history (British Cyprus from 1925 to 1960), magnificent environment and mountains, friendly people (most of whom are able to communicate in English.


  • Lefkosha (Nicosia),
  • Girne (Kyrenia)
  • Gazimagusa (Famagusta)
  • Guzelyurt (Morphou)
  • Lefke(Lefka)


 General Information: 

  • Governament: Parliamentary Democracy 
  • Foundation: 15.11.1983 
  • Flag Color: Red and White 
  • Capital: Lefkosa 
  • Local Currency: Turkish Lira (TL) 
  • Neighboring Countries: South Cyprus (Greek Cypriot Administration), Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt 
  • Area: 3,335 km2 
  • Population: 256.207 (De Jure) 
  • Religion: % 99 Islam, %1 Others 
  • Language: Turkish (English commonly spoken)


Cost of living in North Cyprus

North Cyprus must be one of the least expensive places to live in the Mediterranean. Cheaper than Euro zone countries by over 30%. It is exceptionally good value when compared to living costs in the UK or even South Cyprus. Electric, water and council tax are relatively inexpensive making your Pound go further. …. Before the Pandemic travel restrictions, many Greek Cypriots were crossing over to the North to fill up their cars with fuel, do their shopping and even seek medical or cosmetic healthcare from many well equipped, state of the art private hospitals and clinics.



Voltage in Northern Cyprus is 220/240 volts AC, supplied at 50 Hz. Standard British rectangular 3-pinned plugs at 5 amps or 13 amps are used, but also some older 2-pinned plugs / sockets exist. 


Traffic in TRNC runs on the left. Vehicles arriving on the island require a valid TRNC insurance. Foreign driving licenses are valid for 3 months. 

GSM Operators: 

  • TRNC TURKCELL : 0533
  • TRNC TELSIM : 0542 / 0548  

 Access to the TRNC: 

Access to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is possible through air and sea travel. A large number of airlines have regular daily or charter flights to the TRNC. In addition, there are regular ferry services from Mersin-Taşucu and Alanya. It is also possible to access TRNC by flying to Larnaca Airport (LCA) in South Cyprus and cross over to the TRNC from a checkpoint (You can pre-arrange a TAXI from North to pick you up or rent a car at the airport to drive across to North). 

Driving: Kept Left


  • Ercan Airport (ECN), (+90 392) 231 4650
  • Larnaca Airport (LCA) (+357) 7777 8833


  • Kyrenia / Girne Harbour, (+90 392) 815 49 87 


  • Lefkoşa Dr Burhan Nalbantoglu General Hospital (+90 392) 228 54 41 
  • Gazimağusa General Hospital (+90 392) 366 53 28 
  • Girne Akçiçek General Hospital (+90 392) 815 22 66 
  • Cengiz Topel General Hospital (+90 392) 723 63 51 


Private Hospitals:

  1. Near East University Hospital (Lefkosha) 153 or +90 392 444 0535
  2. Magusa Tip Merkezi Hospital / Famagusta Medical Center +90 392366 5085
  3. Cyprus Miracle Hospital (Lefkosha) +90533 874 24 14
  4. Kyrenia Hospital (Kyrenia) +90 392 81557 77
  5. Cyprus Life Hospital (Lefkosha) 1144
  6. Etik Hospital Lefkosha +90392 223 4694
  7. Kamiloglu Hospital / Kyrenia Medical Centre +90 392 815 3282 4-6
  8. Kolan British Hospital (Gonyeli/Lefkosa) 1199 or + 90 392 6808080

 Emergency Numbers Police:  

  • Police 155
  • 112
  • Fire 199 
  • First Aid 112 
  • Forest Fire: 177
  • Unknown Numbers 192
  • Landline breakdown 161
  • Invoice Inquiry 163
  • Coast Guard 158
  • Unknown Numbers 192
  • Civil Defence Authority:
  • Lefkosha +90 392 228 3036
  • Girne / Kyrenia +90 392 815 4985


Eating out

North Cyprus has a fantastic range of quality restaurants and cafes, family-run local restaurants, wine bars and patisseries serving traditional Cypriot dishes, pastries, local wines and of course not forgetting the local coffee or range of herbal teas.

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