Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Cyprus instead of France, you would:

Health

live 3.1 years less


In France, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women). In Cyprus, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

spend 30.3% less on taxes


France has a top tax rate of 50.2%. In Cyprus, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 15.5% less money


France has a GDP per capita of $43,800, while in Cyprus, the GDP per capita is $37,000.

be 24.2% more likely to be unemployed


In France, 9.5% of adults are unemployed. In Cyprus, that number is 11.8%.

Life

be 2.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In France, approximately 3.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cyprus, on the other hand, 7.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 11.3% less likely to have internet access


In France, approximately 85.6% of the population has internet access. In Cyprus, about 75.9% do.

Expenditures

spend 35.7% less on healthcare


France spends 11.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cyprus, that number is 7.4% of GDP.

spend 10.9% more on education


France spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Cyprus spends 6.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 81.1% less coastline


France has a total of 3,427 km of coastline. In Cyprus, that number is 648 km.

Cyprus: At a glance

Cyprus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 9,241 sq km. A former British colony, Cyprus became independent in 1960 following years of resistance to British rule. Tensions between the Greek Cypriot majority and Turkish Cypriot minority came to a head in December 1963, when violence broke out in the capital of Nicosia. Despite the deployment of UN peacekeepers in 1964, sporadic intercommunal violence continued forcing most Turkish Cypriots into enclaves throughout the island. In 1974, a Greek Government-sponsored attempt to overthrow the elected president of Cyprus was met by military intervention from Turkey, which soon controlled more than a third of the island. In 1983, the Turkish Cypriot-occupied area declared itself the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC"), but it is recognized only by Turkey. In February 2014, after a hiatus of nearly two years, the leaders of the two communities resumed formal discussions under UN auspices aimed at reuniting the divided island. The talks are ongoing. The entire island entered the EU on 1 May 2004, although the EU acquis - the body of common rights and obligations - applies only to the areas under the internationally recognized government, and is suspended in the areas administered by Turkish Cypriots. However, individual Turkish Cypriots able to document their eligibility for Republic of Cyprus citizenship legally enjoy the same rights accorded to other citizens of European Union states.

How big is Cyprus compared to France? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Inland Revenue Department of the Republic of Cyprus, The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques.

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