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In the early years of the 21st Century


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The World Factbook - Cyprus

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 23 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

During the first five years of EU membership, the Cyprus economy grew at an average rate of about 4%, with unemployment between 2004 and 2008 averaging about 4%. However, the economy tipped into recession in 2009 as the ongoing global financial crisis and resulting low demand hit the tourism and construction sectors.

Developing offshore hydrocarbon resources remains a critical component of the government’s economic recovery efforts, but development has been delayed as a result of regional developments and disagreements about exploitation methods.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $37,200 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 3.8%

industry: 15.2%

services: 81% (2014 est.)

Unemployment rate: 11.1% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: N/A

Maternal mortality rate: 6 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 7.4 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 79.3 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 1.95 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 99% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Cyprus

[accessed 26 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Turkish Cypriot poverty in north deepens

Financial Mirror, 17 June 2021

[accessed 18 June 2021]

KTAMS said: “A family of four with only one of the parents working on minimum wage cannot live without going hungry.

“A family on only a minimum wage of 3,773 TRY (€365) can meet its food needs for only 27 days, and that is if the family sacrifices all other expenses.

“If they try to meet all of their daily needs, the money will only last them for 5.8 days”.

With rising inflation, the purchasing power of Turkish Cypriots is decreasing.

Inflation in 2020 was 15.03%.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 26 January 2021]

The Republic of Cyprus saw strong economic growth throughout the 1990s. in 1992, the economy grew by over 8%. In 1995 and 1996, growth was more modest, but still robust, registering 6.6% in 1996, a level not since attained.

In the North, however, the economy has continued to grow more slowly, at less than 1% a year accompanied by persistently high inflation. In 1995, growth was estimated at 0.5% and inflation at 215%. In 2000, according to CIA estimates, growth was .8% and inflation, based on consumer prices, was 53.2%. Unemployment in the Turkish-held north, estimated at 1.5% in 1995, was at an estimated 5.6% in 1999, the latest available year. Nominal per capita income in the south is about three times that of the north, although in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms, as estimated by the CIA, the difference is somewhat narrower.

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