removals to north cyprus

Removals to North Cyprus | Shipping to North Cyprus | EU Removals

Removals to North Cyprus are one of our most frequently requested services and we carry out shipping to North Cyprus or back again almost every other day. As a result we are highly familiar with the needs of businesses and individuals moving to North Cyprus.

Shipping to North Cyprus from the UK involves a combination of road haulage through mainland Europe and a sea journey into the island of Cyprus. This type of journey requires a great deal of coordination, not to mention the paperwork involved in transporting a container across multiple national boundaries and into a non-EU country. Removals to North Cyprus, then, is a job best left to professionals and at Dolphin we have both the regional experience and professional expertise to ensure your move goes smoothly.

Most people moving to North Cyprus move here to retire or for a better lifestyle in the wonderful warm climate, but many also move here for work reasons. Our shipping to North Cyprus service can include any destination within this part of the island, but the most commonly requested destinations are Famagusta, Kyrenia and Nicosia, the capital city.

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About North Cyprus

Northern Cyprus (or North Cyprus) is officially known as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It is a self-declared state that encompasses the northeastern part of the island of Cyprus. It is recognised only by Turkey.

Major towns and cities
For historical reasons towns and cities in North Cyprus have both Turkish and Greek names with the Turkish name usually given first and the Greek given second, in brackets. The capital city of Northern Cyprus is Lefkosa (Nicosia). Other major cities include Gazimagusa (Famagusta), Girne (Kyrenia) and Lefke (Lefka). The main religion is Islam, although there are also three branches of Christianity.

Healthcare in North Cyprus is generally inexpensive and effective. Public healthcare is particularly cheap and is sometimes free for EU citizens and even private healthcare is fairly cheap. Medical staff have often trained abroad, many of them in Britain.

Demographics and Geography
The population of Northern Cyprus is just over 200,000, with around half living in the cities and the half living in the country. Ercan airport is the only airport in Northern Cyprus and there is one sea port, situated in Famagusta.

The main industries are tourism, light manufacturing and agriculture. The two biggest exports are citrus and dairy products.

It is thought that settlements on Cyprus date back to 8,500 BC. It has been home to a variety of civilisations since that time including Phoenicians, Egyptians, Assyrians and Greeks, before being made part of the Roman Empire in 58 BC and, eventually, becoming part of the Byzantine Empire in 330AD.

Cyprus remained under Byzantine rule until 1191 when it was taken by Richard the Lionheart as part of the Crusades. Richard sold the island to the Knights Templar who later returned the island to Richard, who then sold it to a French nobleman Guy de Lusignan. The Lusignan reign continued for three hundred years until 1489 when Lusignan King James died and left the island to his Venetian wife. She abdicated and gave it to Venice, only for it to be taken over by the Ottomans in 1571, when the Orthodox Church became the official church of Cyprus. Being Catholic became a crime and so Cypriots had to choose between Orthodox Christianity and Islam. This resulted in the ethnic structure seen today; i.e. Greek and Turkish.

After the First World War Cyprus became part of the British colonies, but was eventually given independence in 1960. By 1963 relations between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities had deteriorated and civil war ensued. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was established in 1983. It is a democratic state and is generally peaceful. The international community considers the North as occupied territory of the Republic of Cyprus.

Cyprus is most famous for its golden beaches and winter sun holidays. Places to visit include Kyrenia Harbour and Castle, Bellapais Monastery, Sourp Magar Monastery, St Nicolas Cathedral, Salamis Ruins, St. Barnabas Monastery and Icon & Archaeology Museum in Famagusta, the Apostolos Andreas Monastery and the Vouni Palace at Soli.

Expats in Northern Cyprus
Northern Cyprus is a popular destination for expats due to its relaxed tax laws, warm, sunny climate and laid-back way of life. There are many employment opportunities as it is becoming increasingly accessible and the tourism industry is growing fast. As Northern Cyprus is generally less developed than the South, there are plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurial expats. As Northern Cyprus was previously a British Colony the same plug points are used as in the UK. A special tax treaty has been negotiated that allows retired Brits to save on private and government pensions. The expat community includes people from Britain, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Armenia.

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