Cyprus has become the leading issue throughout the world over the last weeks and this is also reflected in Google searches concerning the island, as the number of hits has soared.

Suddenly everyone wants to learn about Cyprus, while the most popular questions show that many have sheer ignorance regarding geography, as well as history. It is certainly not a coincidence that the most popular question is “Is Cyprus a country?” and the second most common is “Is Cyprus part of Greece?”

An author of the Guardian decided to shed light on the issue of Cyprus by giving the answers to the most common questions of the recent days suggested by Google search engine.

These are the questions in Google and the answers given by the author of the Guardian:

Is Cyprus a country? Yes. Good. We’re off to a strong start.

Is Cyprus part of Greece? As in modern Greece? No. It was, however, part of ancient Greece. The Greek goddess Aphrodite was said to have been born in the sea around the island, and a major temple to her at Paphos became the center of her worship in the Aegean world. Cyprus was also – a little more recently – the birthplace of Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis, but there are no plans at present for a temple in his honor.

Is Cyprus safe? Historically, not really. As well as ancient Greeks, it’s been ruled – over the years – by Phoenicians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Richard the Lionheart, Templars, Crusaders, Venetians, Ottomans and British colonialists. At present it’s safe for people but a lot less safe for money. Bank deposits of more than €100,000 have been frozen and are expected to return to their owners around a third smaller.

Is Cyprus part of the EU? It is. It joined in May 2004. Which was, arguably, an error.

Is Cyprus in Europe? Geographically? No. It’s actually nearer to Syria than mainland Europe.

Is Cyprus part of Europe? Yes and no. See above. Mostly no.

Is Cyprus its own country? To a point. The Republic of Cyprus is the internationally recognized governor of everything but two British Overseas Territories on the island, but there is also the small matter of the long-standing occupation of northern Cyprus by Turkey. And, you know, the colossal, crushing debt.

Is Cyprus in Asia? Yes, according to the UN.

Is Cyprus in the Middle East? Also yes. So to recap: it’s a European-Asian nation in the Middle East with more than a dozen not especially careful former owners, a debt problem and two British military bases attached. Got it? Good. Now, any offers?

Greek Reporter

One Response to Massive google searches for Cyprus

  1. Caroline Charalambides says:

    You know Cypriots have excellent humour but many of us did not appreciate the answers given by the journalist in the Guardian. I think particularly coming from UK who has been an instigator and collaborator in our past woes. The article also incited the usual Greek Cypriot versus Turkish Cypriot comments and a battle of words and selective memories ensued. Here in Cyprus we note that since our economic crisis exploded there are many, many articles coming out of the media, especially UK media, linking our crisis to an opportunity to resolve the CYPROB? I can only say never kick a man when he’s down! I I am also tempted to wonder if there isn’t some sinister plot brewing? It was ever thus!!

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