Cyprus, at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, is situated in the north-eastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea, 75km south of Turkey, 90km west of Syria and 380km east of the Greek island of Rhodes. It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia, with an area of 9.251 sq km. Of the total area 35% is occupied by Turkish troops while 3% constitutes the territory of the British Sovereign Base Areas (BSBA).

Source: Press And Information Office, Republic Of Cyprus, 2005