Flag of Cyprus

Cyprus Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesCY, CYP, 196
Official NameRepublic of Cyprus
Government TypePresidential republic
CurrencyEuro (EUR)
Calling Code+357
Member OfUnited Nations, European Union, Commonwealth of Nations
PopulationApprox. 1.2 million (as of 2023)
Total Area9,251 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Olympus (1,952 meters or 6,404 feet)
Lowest PointMediterranean Sea (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $28,000 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyApprox. 80 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.cy

Cyprus National Anthem

Ýmnos eis tīn Eleutherían (Hymn to Liberty)

I shall always recognize you
By the dreadful sword you hold,
As the Earth with searching vision
You survey with spirit bold.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Cyprus Flag

The flag of Cyprus was officially adopted on August 16, 1960, following the island’s independence from British rule. The design of the flag is symbolic and was chosen to represent peace and harmony between the Greek and Turkish communities on the island.

The flag features a map of the entire island of Cyprus in copper-orange, a color representing its large copper deposits, set against a white background, symbolizing peace. Above and below the map are olive branches in green, a symbol of peace, which were added to indicate the hope for reconciliation between the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus.

The design of the flag was the result of a competition. The winning design was created by İsmet Güney, a Turkish Cypriot art teacher. The flag was deliberately designed to be neutral, avoiding the use of Greek or Turkish national symbols or colors to promote peace and unity on the island.

Since its adoption, the Cyprus flag has been a symbol of the island’s independent and unified identity. It represents the nation’s commitment to peace between its diverse communities. The flag is used in government buildings, national events, and in international settings, symbolizing the spirit of cooperation and shared heritage of the Cypriot people. The design of the flag has remained consistent since its inception, representing the stability and continuity of the Republic of Cyprus as a nation, despite the ongoing political divisions on the island.